Minnesota AFL-CIO Endorses Mark Dayton for Governor

Presenting a united labor front, the Minnesota AFL-CIO unanimously voted to endorse Mark Dayton for Governor today.

“Middle class Minnesotans face a clear choice in electing a Governor this year,” said Shar Knutson, Minnesota AFL-CIO President. “Mark Dayton understands what it is going to take to put Minnesotans back to work, make taxes fair for the middle class, and lead our state back to prosperity.” Read more »

Stretch your grocery dollars at Fare For All

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"Fare for All" and "Fare for all Express" can help you save 30-50% on food. They work with community partners to offer a variety of quality, affordable grocery packages each month. Order as many packages as you want in any combination as you want for pick-up at your local "Fare For All" site, including the St.Paul Labor Center. (Video)
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Who are "The Yes Men?"

The Yes Men agree their way into the fortified compounds of commerce, ask questions, and then smuggle out the stories of their hijinks to provide a public glimpse at the behind-the-scenes world of business. In other words, the Yes Men are team players... but they play for the opposing team. And what do they have to say about what they do? Can you be a Yes Man? Can you make a difference? Read more »

Why Is the Public Suddenly Down on Unions?

By David Madland, Karla Walter, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Americans have expressed generally positive attitudes toward unions for as long as pollsters have been asking, and for decades public approval of labor unions has hovered around 60 percent. But starting in 2009 public opinion toward labor unions dropped precipitously. Why? Read more »

Roofers who leave the trade are four times more likely to face economic hardship than those who remain

Researchers conducting a study of 979 roofers between age 40-59 found that 10 percent left the roofing trade within a year, and of those leaving, 60 percent left their job due to chronic pain, work-related musculoskeletal disorders and poor health. When that group was examined in a one-year follow-up, researchers found that they were four times more likely to suffer mild economic impact, 19 times more likely to suffer moderate economic impact, and 6.5 times more likely to experience severe economic impact from their early retirement. Read more »

Medicare at 45: Health Reform Means New Benefits for Seniors

July 30 is the 45th anniversary of Medicare, a milestone for a true American success story that has helped reduce senior poverty by two-thirds, by Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
This year is an especially happy birthday for Medicare because the new health reform law makes it easier for seniors to afford to see a doctor, fill a prescription, and receive free preventive screenings and tests for serious diseases. Read more »

IUPAT Launches New Program to Announce Job Alerts for Members on Their Mobile Phones

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) has just launched a new service that enables members in our core crafts to get job leads via text alerts on their mobile phones.

Here's how it works: Members text the first letter of their craft from their mobile phone to 48728 .

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Will contractor methods pass an OSHA inspection?

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced earlier this year that OSHA compliance officers will start verifying not only that required training has been conducted, but that the training was provided in a format that the workers could understand, including all applicable languages. Read more.

Workers Memorial provides opportunity to remember and renew commitment

Years of effort came to fruition Tuesday with the dedication of the Minnesota Workers Memorial, a monument on the grounds of the state Capitol dedicated to those injured and killed on the job. Read more »

Scaffold Safety: Hazard Alert

Each year, more than 60 workers are killed by falls from scaffolds, about 1 in 5 of the fatal falls in construction. Besides problems with planks and guardrails, the main causes of injuries and deaths on scaffolds are poor planning for assembling and taking them apart, missing tie-ins or bracing, loads that are too heavy, and being too close to power lines.

Here are some guidlelines from CPWR.