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May 26, 2016  Illinois Labor Movement Rallies Thousands at State Capital:  Thousands of union members, led by Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan (IBEW) and Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez (UFCW), rallied in Springfield to

On August 1, the union contract covering 39,000 IBEW and CWA members up and down the East Coast expired. Now, workers are working without a contract and continue their fight for a fair agreement while on the job.  Despite making $18 billion in profits in the last 18 months and top executives raking in $249 million over the last five years, Verizon is still insisting on slashing job security, health care, and retirement security, and refuses to engage in serious bargaining towards a fair contract.

U.S. Rep. Richard Nolan becomes the 69th cosponsor for the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.  Minnesota became an industrial hemp state in accordance with Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill in 2015 by way of the state's Omnibus. In mid-2015, Representatives Hamilton, Poppe and C. Johnson introduced HF 14 to authorize the state's Industrial Hemp Development Act, which would establish a farm opportunity loan fund and make appropriations to support the program. The passage of H.R.

Despite a tidal wave of public opposition, the architects of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continue to push the pact hard in the hopes of seeing it passed this year.  Today, administration officials are trying to spin a new U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) study about the TPP as supportive of the agreement.  We need your help correcting the record with Members of Congress.  

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.

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