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Sisters and Brothers,

Seven weeks into the session and we are still ticking. Things are slowing down as we approach the crossover, but it is not over by any means.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka explains why CEO Andrew Puzder, President Trump's nominee to be Secretary of Labor, is a bad choice for the office and will not be the advocate working people

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The ink wasn’t dry on Andrew Puzder’s withdrawal as secretary of labor nominee, but union leaders were celebrating. AFSCME President Lee Saunders said Puzder had “nothing but contempt for everything the Labor Department stands for.” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said “the power of collective action” had taken Puzder down. Thomas Perez, the former secretary of labor now running to lead the Democratic National Committee, hopped on a conference call with reporters to celebrate.

President Trump came into office on a wave of promises to look out for regular, working Americans, make the rich pay their fair share and “Make America Great Again.” That was what old time con men would call "the set up". But you can only call what has happened next "the sting".

Follow along with the North Dakota AFL-CIO as we track and take action on legislation impacting North Dakota working people.

Sisters and Brothers,

Five weeks has passed and the session marches on. For Labor, this week has been a mixed bag. We aren’t winning overwhelming victories but at the same time, we’re not losing ground and are giving them our best. Labor is making its points, and we are holding legislators accountable for voting against the working people of North Dakota.  Please consider calling or writing your legislator on several of these important bills.

HB 1401 - To provide for collective bargaining for law enforcement officers and paid full‑time firefighters, failed in the North Dakota House 19-75 on Tuesday, Jan 31.

On Tuesday Jan 31, 2017 HB 1401, failed to pass with 19 yeas and 75 nays.

Brothers and sisters,

It’s hard for me to believe that we are done with four weeks of this session, and a big week it was. Admittedly, we have too few allies to have any direct control of events, but that doesn’t mean we can’t put some serious pressure on those legislators who vote against working people. Be certain to pay attention to future actions where we ask you to email your legislators. This can make a real difference.

The North Dakota AFL-CIO Labor Leaders Scholarship was established to recognize the accomplishments and dedication of our past and present union officers. In addition, our affiliated local unions recognize that education is the key to an enhanced standard of living with opportunities for advancement. It is that presupposition which motivated our members to develop the scholarship and extend to you a helping hand in your education