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The Money You Spend on These Items Ensures Workers Receive a Living Wage

First Congregational Church of Christ in Moorhead is selling all different types of fair trade goods that communities benefit from

MOORHEAD, Minn. — If you’re looking to spend money that ensures workers receive a living wage, we have just the place for you. First Congregational Church of Christ in Moorhead is selling all different types of fair trade goods that communities benefit from. Not only can you walk away with something new to add to your home or wardrobe, but…

Hoeven Invites AG Leaders to Discuss Changes for the Upcoming Farm Bill

Hoeven says the average age of a farmer is 66 and it is important to get young workers into the business

FARGO, N.D. — Senator Hoeven has been traveling across the state to get input from ag leaders on what they would like to see in the upcoming farm bill. Hoeven was joined by Governor Burgum and over 20 different representatives from around the region. He says one of the most important things to focus on while trying to get 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…

What Happens to Federal Employees During a Government Shutdown?

At the North Dakota National Guard, more than 460 people are furloughed

FARGO, ND — A government shutdown does not just affect those in Washington D.C. but it affects lives in the FM area. We’ll tell you what steps some groups take when the government isn’t working. This isn’t the first time the government has shut down, affecting federal workers. But different organizations in North Dakota have a different way of handling…

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…

North Dakota Firefighters Rescue Survivors of Collapsed Building…It’s Only a Drill

The chief said a Sioux Falls building collapse which killed one person last December is one of many reasons this training is important

FARGO, ND — Firefighters from Fargo to Minot are saving people from a collapsing office building as part of a simulation. Before getting a taste of the action, crews set up obstacles which will simulate a partially collapsed building. It’s the culmination of eight days of training to prepare them from natural disasters or other structural issues. Seasoned firefighters experienced…

Minnesota Releases Minimum Wage Report

The report states 15 percent of minimum wage workers in Minnesota make $9.50 an hour or less

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota labor officials have released a report with details on hourly wage employees in the state. The report states 15 percent of minimum wage workers in Minnesota make $9.50 an hour or less. At least 31 percent of 1.6 million hourly workers are working in eating and drinking places and at least 38 percent of…

Salvation Army, Sandy’s Donuts and the Fargo Theatre Team Up for National Donut Day

Some of the earliest recipes had nuts crammed into the center of the dough...that's where the name came from

FARGO, ND — It’s National Donut Day and local groups are making sure rescue workers in the F-M area know how much they are appreciated. The Salvation Army teamed up with Sandy’s Donuts and gave out free coffee and donuts at the Fargo Theatre to law enforcement, firefighters, veterans and emergency responders. The Salvation Army started the donut giveaway 18…

Local Union Supporters Remember Those Who Have Died on the Job

Flowers are placed on a wreath honoring the lost workers

FARGO, N.D. — Each year, union supporters remember those who lost their lives while on the job. The Northern Plains United Labor Council invites community members to gather at the F-M Labor Temple to honor lost workers. Participants place flowers into a wreath. Eight flowers represent the eight deaths in North Dakota, one represents the deaths in Minnesota and one represents…

Business Leaders Say Attracting Workers is Biggest Economic Challenge

The Regional Workforce Study finds that adding qualified workers is essential to maintain the region's economic growth

FARGO, N.D. — A group of Fargo–Moorhead community organizations released their study on workforce development. The Economic Development Corporation says there’s a growing gap between open jobs and qualified workers. The F–M area has been identified as having one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and one of the best places to find a job. However, qualified workers…