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Retail negotiations will begin in earnest in March of next year for the majority of Union Retail Grocery stores represented by UFCW Local 1189. We have designed a survey to gather information from you on what is important in your workplace and your thoughts and ideas regarding your collective bargaining agreement (your Union Contract). Your opinions and input are important. Take the Survey!

St. Paul Retailers are scheduled to bargain with the Union on May 5, 2016.  Help send a message to the Employer.  UFCW 1189 members working in retail stores are asked to join us in Action!  Print the most recent proposals, sign the petition demanding a fair contract, or print a petition for your workplace!http://ufcw1189.org/campaigns/st-paul-retail-bargaining-action

From apnews.com, 4/22/16:  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Iowa and Minnesota lawmakers are exploring a system to allow Iowa residents to buy medical marijuana oil from their northern neighbor, lawmakers from both states have told The Associated Press.  As Iowa's Legislature barrels toward adjournment, legislative leaders are still struggling to expand a 2014 law that legalized marijuana oil for certain patients suffering seizures but left them nowhere to buy it. Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer said Friday they're now considering an agreement with Minnesota as one option.

From Marijuana Business Daily, 4/4/16:  Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Monday afternoon that protects financial institutions working with marijuana businesses from state criminal prosecution.  The new law, however, does not protect financial institutions from federal prosecution, so it isn’t likely to persuade banks and credit unions in Oregon to start servicing marijuana businesses.  Read entire article here.

From MN House of Representatives Session Daily Home, 4/5/16:  Choking up slightly and wiping away a tear, Tish Penny of Savage told the House Agriculture Policy Committee Tuesday how important supporting urban agriculture is for her family and her precocious 3-year-old son, Ethan Mason Penny, who already knows how to plant his own crops and can identify most varieties of fruits and vegetables.  Too shy to testify, her son explained afterward he had wanted to tell the committee to approve two urban agriculture bills Rep. Karen Clark (DFL-Mpls) sponsors. Both were laid over.

Job Vacancy FACT SHEET—April 2016In Minnesota we have 98,000 unemployed job seekers competing for 96,000 job openings, according to the updated Job Vacancy Survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  It’s the first time we’ve seen a 1-to-1 ratio between job seekers and job openings since the state first conducted the survey in 2001.  As recently as two years ago, we still had two job seekers for every job opening. *In the last two years we’ve raised the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 per hour.

From Star Tribuine, 3/23/16:  St. Paul tax incentives are still in play for development around the proposed Minnesota United stadium.  The majority of City Council members said Wednesday they do not want to rule out tax-increment financing (TIF) at the site just north of the stadium, which currently houses the Midway Shopping Center and a sprawling parking lot. They shot down Council Member Rebecca Noecker's resolution opposing a TIF district there in a 4-3 vote.

From workdayMinnesota, 3/22/16:  WASHINGTONThe U.S. Supreme Court decided 6-2 Tuesday to allow employees of Tyson Foods, Inc., to join together in a class action suit to recover pay lost to wage theft.  The ruling is a victory for 3,000 hourly workers at an Iowa pork processing plant who sued Tyson for time spent “donning and doffing” protective equipment and walking to and from the job floor.

From mnpACT.org 3/19/16:  The Minnesota legislature is going to be another political battleground. Here in the South Metro, it could be ground zero for Democratic control.  Some top caliber candidates have emerged to challenge the GOP incumbents that dominate this area. These candidates are not looking back - they are looking forward to a better Minnesota future. They are focused on clean energy. Job growth. Education at all levels. Sustainable transportation (the key to future growth). Health care that gets fixed and works for every single Minnesotan.

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