Video: Sugar workers call on Target to back boycott

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Janitors, security guards, building cleaners and allies joined locked out American Crystal Sugar workers on March 1, 2013 for a rally at the Target store and headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. They called on Target to stop selling Crystal Sugar until that company ends its 20 month-long lockout of union workers at plants in Minnesota and North Dakota. The event capped a week of coordinated actions by SEIU Local 26, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, Take Action Minnesota, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha, and Occupy Homes. Read more »

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 »

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