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MN Congressman Ellison introduces Financial Transaction Tax bill to U.S. House

MN Rep Keith Ellison introduces Robin Hood TaxMinnesota Rep. Keith Ellison introduced a bill in Congress this week that would restore a tiny tax on Wall Street trades – a “Financial Transaction Tax” or FTT also called the Robin Hood tax in some circles, including by the Nurse’s union that has been pushing on behalf of the middle class.

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Operating Engineers Local 49 Endorses Republican incumbent Congressman Cravaack in Minnesota’s 8th District

IUOE Local 49 logoInternational Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 49 Announces Endorsement in MN 8th Congressional District

Earlier this week members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 gathered in Duluth to screen candidates for Congress in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District.  This screening was open to all Local 49 members that lived in the 8th District, and was widely advertised on our website and distributed via email.  Members came from across the 8th District to participate.

After hearing from all 3 candidates running in the Democratic Primary, and Congressman Cravaack, we had what turned out to be a very difficult conversation about who we should stand with in this election.  The conversation centered around jobs, our union, and the ability of our members to earn a good living.  These are the core issues that bind us together as a group, and we decided that this should drive our endorsement.

The members held a secret ballot vote the night of screening Read the rest of this entry

Press Release – Local 49 announces first round of 2012 endorsements for MN Legislative elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Operating Engineers Local 49 logoThe International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 49, made up of 13,000 heavy equipment operators working in MN, ND, and SD, wishes to announce our first round of Minnesota State Legislative endorsements for 2012. Our union has three core issues that drive our political activity:

  • Infrastructure and construction job creation
  • Protection of our right to have a strong and healthy union
  • Protection of construction industry standards on safety, wages, health care, and pensions

Our political philosophy is simple:
We will support any candidate, from any party, that is willing to stand with construction workers on the above three (3) core principals.

The bi-partisan nature of the list of current office-holders and candidates that make up our first round of 2012 endorsements demonstrates our commitment to our political philosophy. Read the rest of this entry

Scenes from MN State Capitol

Rally for jobs at State Capitol in St. Paul, MN as legislature resumes meeting in session May 3rd.

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Packer’s Woodson Defends Unions & Membership

That pretty much sums it up:
Charles Woodson of the Green Bay Packers on Unions.

At a breakfast sponsored by Politico in Washington, DC, Green Bay Packers’ star Charles Woodson defends Wisconsin workers’ freedoms and rights: “Wisconsin workers and workers in general should have the right to be a union and they should have a right to fight for whatever rights they believe in. We talk about having freedoms in this country. They should have the freedom to fight for their rights!”
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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Arizona’s SB1070 Two-Year Anniversary

AFL-CIO President Trumka Two years ago this week, Arizona’s Governor Brewer signed into law SB1070, an anti-immigrant law that has, unfortunately, served as a model for legislation passed by several other state legislatures. The results have been shattering – these laws are tearing families apart and destroying the hopes and dreams of children and making it hard for workers to exercise their most fundamental rights. These laws have legalized discrimination, encouraged racial profiling, and sanctioned egregious violations of civil and human rights, and labor laws. Read the rest of this entry

Beyond Outrage at Politicians: No More “Politics As Usual”

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich sees a problem.

And he’s right when he says that our economy has been rigged against average working people. The media gets more from their advertisers when they talk about who’s up or down, who’s winning or losing; their income benefits from focusing on the controversial, provocative moments that they use to define campaigns and politicians – but that isn’t the same as providing fair, balanced, accurate, complete information to us.

Elections are about winning. They don’t test the skills and aptitude needed to govern effectively, but rather the skills to manage and control what the media says, because that’s all most voters have to go on when making their choices. Read the rest of this entry

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