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Help Governor Dayton Create Jobs!

 Mark Dayton, ran on an agenda of taxing the rich and creating jobs—and he won.
Governor Dayton is keeping his promise to Minnesota. This week, he presented a jobs and infrastructure bill that will create nearly 30,000 family-supporting jobs in our state. 

http://mnaflcio.org/news/help-governor-dayton-create-jobs

Wal-Mart & PLAs - This Time It's a 5-Year Agreement in New York

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has reached an agreement in principle with New York construction unions to build stores with unionized labor. The retail giant has been searching for potential sites for a Wal-Mart location in New York City in the face of fierce opposition from retail and grocery unions as well as elected officials. The main sticking points have been Wal-Mart’s wages and refusal to employ unionized workers in its stores. Read more »

Minn. Senate takes first major vote, approves lifting nuclear ban

The Minnesota Senate voted Wednesday to lift Minnesota's longstanding ban on new nuclear plants, handing Senate Republicans an easy victory on their first major floor vote of the legislative session. The debate lasted more than an hour and included five amendments from DFLers, all of which were voted down. The final tally was 50-14 in support of the bill, including some support from DFL lawmakers.

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Rachel Maddow: In America Today, Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower Would Be Bernie Sanders in the U.S. Senate

On January 28, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow spent most of her show talking about just how far the conservatives have moved over the years. She recalls that Dwight Eisenhower was a champion of Social Security, unemployment insurance and strong labor unions.

http://www.alternet.org/story/149700/rachel_maddow%3A_in_america_today%2...

Laborers' Looman named DOLI assistant commissioner

Minnesota Commissioner of Labor and Industry Ken Peterson has appointed Jessica Looman to the position of assistant commissioner for construction codes and labor standards. Looman has worked for the past 10 years as general counsel for the Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota. There she worked on issues including collective bargaining, prevailing wage and unemployment insurance. Read more »

"AFTERSHOCK" Reich and Colbert on our new economy

Professor Robert Reich from U Cal Berkley appeared on the Colbert Report show to talk about his most recent book:"Aftershock". Reich was the Secretary of Labor during the Clinton Administration and a real champion of Organized Labor. He is very candid about the redistribution of wealth which has lasted at least 30 years.

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/361761/october-11...

Unemployment Insurance, tax credits for working families, boost economy much more than high-income tax cuts

The federal legislation that extends Unemployment Insurance for people looking for work, along with the extension of improvements to tax credits for low-income working families, are expected to produce far more “bang for the buck” in terms of economic growth than the extension of tax cuts for high-income households. These findings come from a recent analysis by Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics. Read more »

OSHA Backtracks on Proposed Workplace Injury Rule

It seems simple enough. Employers already keep a record for workplace injuries and illnesses–why not add a column to the report for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s)—ergonomic injuries? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would provide the form and employers would simply put a check mark in right place to identify which injuries are MSDs. But now OSHA is backtracking on this rule-keeping measure, withdrawing the rule from final review to get further input from small businesses. Read more »

Politics as Usual Targets Workers in States

In Minnesota, they want to want to end the jobs of 15 percent of the men and women in the state workforce. In Tennessee, they want to take away right of teachers join unions. In Ohio, they want to eliminate collective bargaining rights for home health care and child care workers and restrict the bargaining rights of police officers and fire fighters. Who are they? Read more »

Making Clean Local Energy Accessible Now

The Center for American Progress has a new report out about clean renewable energy. One of the main components of the report is the importance of hiring local contractors and craftsmen. This paper explores how to implement contracts in ways that create the greatest benefit for consumers, communities, and the economy as a whole.

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/01/pdf/clean_contracts.pdf (full report)

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/01/pdf/clean_contracts_execs... (executive summary)