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From mnfoodcharter.com; 9/24/15:A recently-passed bill will create more licensed butchers in Minnesota, supporting the Northeast region and keeping farms connected to consumers.  While Minnesotans’ appetite for locally-processed meat is as hearty as ever, the unfortunate reality is that small-town butchers are fewer and farther between than ever before. Two-thirds of the owners of small Minnesota meat processing facilities are at or near retirement age, with only one-third with succession plans.

From ufcw.org, Washington, D.C. — Today, Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, released the following statement regarding the visit of Pope Francis to the United States.  “In the face of growing income inequality and poverty, Pope Francis has inspired not only his Catholic followers, but has helped raise the collective moral consciousness to an array of unjust economic policies that are hurting so many families all across the world.

From mprnews.org:  Minneapolis businesses are mobilizing against a proposed ordinance that would require them to create employee work schedules four weeks in advance.  Under the draft proposal, employers would have to compensate workers for any unexpected schedule changes. Mayor Betsy Hodges and key members of the City Council want to make Minneapolis the second city in the country with a so-called "fair scheduling" rule.   Read entire article here.

UFCW Local 1189's Director/Special Projects Bernie Hesse is a food champion for the Minnesota Food Charter.  The Charter is a roadmap to healthy, affordable, and safe food for all Minnesotans and is a tool to create healthy, prosperous communities.  It offers ways to ensure that nourishing food is accessible today and for future generations.  Read more about the Minnesota Food Charter here.  Read Bernie's food affordability food champion bio here.

For Immediate Release:September 16, 2015Contact:Michael Dale-Steinmichael@franken.senate.gov202-224-2916 Sen. Franken Helps Introduce Legislative Proposal to Strengthen Protections for WorkersBill Would Crack Down on Employers Who Break the Law When Workers Exercise Basic Right to Collective ActionWASHINGTON, D.C. [09/16/15]—Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) helped introduce new legislation to strengthen protections for workers who want to raise wages and improve workplace conditions.

POLITICO:  By Doug Palmer; 09/11/2015 06:57PM EDTJapanese official: No deal yet in TPP auto talks with U.S., Canada and MexicoJapan had "very productive" talks this week with the United States, Canada and Mexico on automotive issues holding up a deal on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, but no agreement was reached, a Japanese official said today.  "There are issues we still have to resolve," Japan's lead auto negotiator, Takeo Mori, told reporters after three days of talks with the North American Free Trade Agreement partners.

From MINNPOST 9/4/15:Over the last 50 years, the average American workplace has changed a lot, but workplace policies haven’t kept up. Service sector jobs are up, and union membership is down. The very rich are doing better than ever, while working families find it harder and harder to pay the bills. In Minnesota, this leads to some of the worst racial economic divides in the nation. But in Minneapolis, working people, led by people are color, are fighting back.

From gallup.com, 8/17/15:PRINCETON, N.J. -- Americans' approval of labor unions has jumped five percentage points to 58% over the past year, and is now at its highest point since 2008, when 59% approved. In the interim, the image of organized labor had suffered, sinking to an all-time low of 48% in 2009.  Gallup first asked Americans about organized labor in 1936, a year after Congress legalized private-sector unions and collective bargaining. At that time, 72% of Americans approved of unions.