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Comm. Serv. calls for volunteers, donations

This year has been hard for all of us in some way or another. But for families already facing difficulties, the challenges of the pandemic, high unemployment rates and uncertainty around education are hitting especially hard. Renee Van Nett, Community

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Sign up for Campaign School

Join the Minnesota AFL-CIO and the North East Area Labor Council to learn how you can be an effective messenger for the Labor 2020 political program. In this training, we’ll learn how to best talk about why we need to

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Unions, allies support USPS

WASHINGTON (PAI)—Unions and their allies, including dozens of national groups, launched yet another blitz to save the U.S. Postal Service from going under. Whether it’ll succeed in time is up in the air.“The people of this country deserve great public

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Nurses say more PPE is needed

ST. PAUL — Five months after the Coronavirus first arrived in the U.S., critical supply shortages persist for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including masks and gowns. The continuing risks faced by health care workers and the continuing shortages of PPE

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Job gains don’t mitigate economic pain

After falling by 22.1 million between February and April, payroll employment rose by 2.5 million in May. This is likely due to the fact that 31 states started lifting stay-at-home orders, or easing restrictions, within the reference period. While these

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Carpenters take stance in regional negotiations

Members of Carpenters Locals 361 and 606 and Millwrights Local 1348 got notifications on Friday to take their tools home at the end of their daily work shifts in the latest action during negotiations between the North Central States Regional

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Pandemic highlights meat plant conditions

Last week’s closing of Smithfield’s pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has put a spotlight on the dangers facing workers in the food supply industry. When it shut down, the plant had 644 confirmed cases of COVID-19 which

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Trump’s Labor Dept. extends anti-union rule

WASHINGTON (PAI)—Brushing aside worker objections, the GOP Trump administration revived and reinstated a past Republican anti-union expense reporting rule, forcing not just unions but allied organizations to spend 530 hours a year – unions say it will be more —

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AFL-CIO issues coronavirus statement

The AFL-CIO issued a statement and flyer addressing the threat of the widespread transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). “Health care workers, firefighters, police, airline workers, emergency service workers and other first responders will be on the front lines of responding to

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