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Workers’ Memorial Day honors those killed on the job in North Dakota & Minnesota

Union leaders are calling on Congress to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Leaders from the Northern Plains United Labor Council are speaking out about the fight for safer jobs on this Workers’ Memorial Day. Eighteen names accompanied by flowers sat side-by-side inside the Fargo-Moorhead Labor Temple Wednesday afternoon. They’re North Dakota workers who were killed on the job last year, two of which had contracted the coronavirus. “I’m…

Labor Day 2020: Coronavirus pandemic brings new challenges for workers

Although Labor Day is often known as the unofficial goodbye to the summer, the holiday holds a deeper meaning

FARGO, N.D. — As with most things amid the coronavirus pandemic, this Labor Day feels and looks a bit different. “Unfortunately, there are many people who are unemployed, and most of it is because of this pandemic that we’re going through,” said North Dakota AFL-CIO President Landis Larson. “So, without tackling the pandemic, it’s not going to do any good…

Union Leader For Bobcat Calling For Shutdown After 2nd Employee Says They Have COVID-19

Wilkinson worries that workers coming Sunday night could spread the disease further

  GWINNER, N.D. — Union Leader Will Wilkinson is calling for Doosan Bobcat to shut down it’s Gwinner plant after he says a 2nd employee called saying they had tested positive for COVID-19. He says this employee had worked close with another employee who has the virus and had been at work for multiple days this week. Wilkinson is asking…

MSUM Begins Faculty And Staff Cuts

Faculty union leaders spent the afternoon meeting with those affected by the layoffs

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Faculty and staff cuts are being made at Minnesota State University Moorhead. President Anne Blackhurst will answer questions during a Zoom news conference at 1:00 PM Wednesday. Layoffs were expected due to a $6 million budget shortfall and they started happening on Tuesday. In a release, the university says in order for MSUM to have success in…

St. Louis County Snowplow Drivers Go on Strike Wednesday

The union said workers are prepared to strike until the county meets their demands.

DULUTH, Minn. (FOX 9)–Snowplow drivers in St. Louis County are going on strike Wednesday morning—the same day the area is expecting to receive several inches of snow. The union, Teamsters  Local 320, represents the snowplow drivers. In a statement, the union said the strike will “affect every Public Works Department in St. Louis County.” “I hope we get a ton of…

Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota Nurses Strike Averted

The hospital approved an insurance plan that no longer forces nurses to pay more of the rate hikes than the hospital does.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Dave Kolpack, AP) – Nurses have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota, after union nurses had authorized their negotiating team to call for a strike. The Minnesota Nurses Association says negotiating teams agreed on contract terms early Saturday after meeting for than 21 hours. The hospital approved an insurance…

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Endorsed by ND AFL-CIO

FARGO, ND – The North Dakota AFL-CIO endorsed Sen. Heidi Heitkamp at its convention in Fargo Friday. Delegates there represented more than 17,000 North Dakota union members. The AFL-CIO supports the Democrat in her race for reelection against Congressman Kevin Cramer because they say Heitkamp has lead the charge to protect North Dakotan’s pensions. “One of the big issues in this…

Labor Leaders, Workers Commemorate Those Who Lost Their Lives on the Job

North Dakota Ranks Fifth Worst in the Nation for Worker Fatalities

FARGO, N.D. — Labor leaders and workers from the North Dakota AFL-CIO and Northern Plains United Labor Council  gathered to commemorate workers who lost their lives on the job. “When you’re not related to these people, when you don’t know these people, they tend to be viewed as numbers and statistics,” said Waylon Hedegaard, the president of North Dakota AFL-CIO. “But…

Bismarck Bobcat Workers Vote Against Unionizing

The vote last week failed by a 2-to-1 margin

BISMARCK, N.D. — Workers at the Bobcat manufacturing facility in Bismarck have voted against joining a union. The vote last week failed by a 2-to-1 margin. Larry Johnson, a union member who works at Bobcat’s facility in Gwinner, says the push behind the campaign was to improve health and safety and to negotiate higher wages. The last time the manufacturing…

UND Men’s Hockey Skates to 2-2 Tie

No. 3 UND avoids getting swept by Union

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Third-ranked North Dakota Fighting Hawks skated to a 2-2 tie with Union on Saturday night. Colton Poolman got the scoring started for the Fighting Hawks in the first period to go up a goal. Union answered with two goals in the third period before Shane Gersich tied things up at 2. Categories: College, Top Sports Headlines…