The History of Labor Day

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

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Keep your cool in the heat

J J Keller has some real simple ides about how to stay comfortable and safe in the summer heat. They range from engineering controls, personal protective equipment and work practice controls. There are also some ideas about which symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion to look for.

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Good News for Street Protesters: Inflatable Rats Are OK!

NLRB rules that use of blow-up vermin is protected form of speech, By Akito YoshikaneThe giant inflatable rats used by unions to protest employer labor practices are legally permissible, the National Labor Relations Board ruled last week. The decision allows labor groups to display the large, blow-up vermin outside companies and secondary employers. The board, in a 3-1 ruling, said the tactic does not violate U.S. Read more »

Prevailing Wisdom for Prevailing Wage

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State Council President Harry Melander, President, MN Pipe Trades Crimmins, and Prof. John Remington, Labor Educaiton Service, are featured in this video by Tom Niemisto, MN 2020, about the benefits of prevailing wage. In the continuing attack on Minnesota’s middle class, conservatives are now targeting prevailing wage laws which ensure construction workers are fairly paid on state-funded projects. Read more »

Jobs,Jobs,Jobs... Mr. Boehner where are the jobs?

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For all the talk by Republicans during the last election about the jobs they planned to create if elected, there has been little action taken in that direction. Instead there have been a series of bills introduced in both the state and federal legislatures that are designed to push for tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. They say the best way to move forward is more spending cuts. Read more »

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