President Proposes $50 Billion for Infrastructure

President Obama has resurrected his proposal to invest $50 billion in infrastructure and wants it included in the fiscal cliff deal. Republicans were immediately critical of the proposal.  Details were not released, but it is assumed that the proposal is similar to those previously announced by President Obama in 2010 and 2011. Those proposals have not passed the Democratic Senate or the Republican House. It’s debatable how hard the White House has pushed Congress to pass the proposal. Read more »

Michigan Working Families Rally Against 'Right to Work' for Less Proposal

Hundreds of Michiganders flooded the state Capitol building in Lansing on Thursday to tell their legislators to reject a "right to work" for less proposal currently before a legislative committee. Working families oppose the legislation that would make it easier for corporations to take advantage of their employees and weaken workers' ability to bargain with management. Read more »

Congressional cuts to safety net programs would hurt thousands of Minnesotans

As Congress debates how to prevent the federal budget from going over the “fiscal cliff,” a new report shows nearly 900,000 Minnesotans would be harmed if lawmakers cut Social Security. According to a report released by the AFL-CIO, 882,408 Minnesotans could be negatively impacted if Congress attempts cuts to Social Security. They include 115,780 people with disabilities and 59,076 children. Read more »

Holiday Lights in the Park to Illuminate St. Paul’s Phalen Park Beginning Nov. 20

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) invites media representatives to the opening day festivities of its fifth annual Holiday Lights in the Park event on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Phalen Park in St. Paul. Representatives from the IBEW and local charities will be on hand throughout the day to meet the needs of the media to promote this event which has raised more than $170,000 during its run as one of the state’s largest holiday lights displays. Read more »

OSHA Fines American Crystal Sugar for Dangerous Build Up of Combustible Sugar Dust

In October, American Crystal Sugar—which has locked out its highly trained 1,300 member workforce since August 2011—has been assessed nearly $50,000 in fines by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for widespread, “high gravity” and “serious” safety violations, including accumulation of combustible dust and failure to lock out equipment Read more »

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