Twin Cities janitors, security officers ratify new contracts

After two months without a contract, hundreds of hours of negotiations and a one-day strike, janitors and security officers represented by Service Employees International Union Local 26 voted Saturday to approve new contracts. Read more »

Women, often working through unions, are transforming the world

by Tula Connell - Women make up more than 40.5% of the workforce worldwide, according to the most recent data by the International Labor Organization. But their labor has not resulted in a similar level in financial well-being.
Far from it.

Although women contribute 66% of the world's work and produce 50% of the food, they earn 10% of global income and own 1% of property, a 2011 United National Development Program report finds. Read more »

Anoka County repeals prevailing wage policy

by Steve Share - With no advance public notice or public hearing, the Anoka County board voted 4-2 Feb. 12 to rescind its 23-year-old policy supporting prevailing wage on county-funded construction projects. Commissioners voting for the repeal: chair Rhonda Sivarajah, Julie Braastad, Matt Look, Robyn West. Commissioners voting against the repeal: Jim Kordiak, Carol LeDoux. Absent: Scott Schulte. The prevailing wage policy had applied to county-funded construction projects costing more than $10,000. Read more »

AFL-CIO COUNCIL BACKS KEYSTONE PIPELINE

By Mark Gruenberg,PAI Staff Writer -- The AFL-CIO Building Trades Department says the labor federation's Executive Council backs construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from the Montana-Canada border to the refineries of the Texas Gulf Coast. But there's one catch the department didn't mention:

The fed's Feb. 26 "Statement on Energy and Jobs" doesn't name Keystone. Read more »

Holiday Lights in the Park breaks records in attendance and charitable giving

The lights may be off, but the success of Holiday Lights in the Park continues to radiate a positive glow. The fifth edition of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Holiday Lights in the Park event produced in partnership with King of Kings Lutheran Church of Woodbury brought in record crowds and a new benchmark for donations collected for local charities. A record 20,478 cars visited St. Paul's Phalen Park to witness one of the area's biggest and brightest holiday lights displays. Read more »

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