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The largest U.S. labor organization on Monday accused the Colombian government of failing to take required steps to protect workers under a four-year-old free trade agreement - proof that the White House's proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is unlikely to improve conditions for workers in Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, the group said.  The request for an investigation puts President Barack Obama on the spot as he seeks to win congressional approval of TPP by the end of the year.

After Rep. Laurie Halverson made a demand under House rules allowing the DISCLOSE Act to be heard, House Republicans have scheduled a hearing for tomorrow (May 18, 2016) at 11 AM in the Government Operations & Election Policy Committee.  We need supporters of commonsense campaign finance reform to attend the hearing and show the Republican majority that Minnesotans care about this issue. Here are the details:

WHAT: Hearing on the Minnesota DISCLOSE Act

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18th, 11 AM to 1 PM

WHERE: State Office Building, Basement Hearing Room

May 12, 2016Now Seeking Broker Enrollment Center Proposals

MNsure is seeking proposals from agencies that are interested in hosting a broker enrollment center (or centers) in specific regions, focused on the individual medical market for the 2017 open enrollment period. Proposals must be submitted by May 27.

May 14, 2016 (Saturday) Letter Carriers’ Food Drive:  The UFCW is a national sponsor for the Letter Carriers Food Drive.  Our Local Union is a regional sponsor.We have purchased 54,000 paper grocery bags, with our message and logo, for delivery in mailboxes in Oakdale, North St. Paul, Wilmar and Granite Falls. Cub Foods is the Union Retail sponsor in the Twin Cities Metro Area, and SuperOne is the Union Retailer sponsor in the Duluth area.

From kare11.com, 5/11/16:  ST. PAUL, Minn. -- State lawmakers don't appear to be anywhere close to a consensus on a public works construction bonding bill, as the clock runs down on the 2016 legislative session.  The Senate Democrats' $1.5 billion package failed to gain enough Republican votes to pass last week, and the House Republicans have yet to unveil their bonding bill with less than two weeks before time expires.

Contratulations to Local 1189 member Constance Murry who works at Golden Living Lynnhurst.  Constance was happy and surprised to be UFCW's ABC impact winner for March, 2016.  Constance's weekly ABC contribution helps fund the work UFCW does to help improve the livlihoods of all UFCW members.  Local 1189 would like to thank Constance for her participation and we hope she enjoys her $250 American Express gift cards!

The end of the Legislative Session is in sight, and the Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave Coalition is turning up the pressure, demanding the Legislature act on this vital issue. Take action and join us:

What: Paid Family Leave Rally

When: Tuesday, May 17th at Noon

Where: On the Steps of the State Office Building

VERIZON STRIKE NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION! THURSDAY, MAY 5TH  VERIZON ROSEVILLE - 2325 Fairview Ave North, Roseville 4:00-6:00pm.  40,000 men and women are still on strike at Verizon and Verizon Wireless determined to fight for as long as it takes to protect good jobs.  Will you SAVE THE DATE and join us in this fight?  This strike is bigger than Verizon. It's about protecting good, hometown jobs in this country. It's about securing a brighter future for our families and our communities. It's about standing up and fighting back!

From thecannabist.com, 4/28/16:  Even though medical marijuana is legal in 24 states and recreational cannabis initiatives are gaining traction throughout the U.S., weed is still a touchy topic for most in the medical profession.  Sure, some trusted doctors will talk openly about marijuana’s legitimacy as medicine — and many more are coming on board — but journalists’ interview requests to major hospitals and medical schools (even in Colorado) are still met with a nervous, “Uh, we can’t talk about that on the record.”  Which is why Walgreens’ latest Tumblr post is so remarkable.

From mjbizdaily.com, 4/25/16:  A group of heavyweights from the medical profession have teamed up to support the legalization of marijuana in the interests of public health, giving the cannabis industry a potentially important ally.  Doctors for Cannabis Regulation announced its launch last week, saying it is the first such organization to advocate for the legalization and regulation of cannabis for adult use. The group of more than 50 physicians includes former U.S. surgeon general Jocelyn Elders and faculty members at some of the country’s top medical schools.

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