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John Sweeney, who led an era of transformative change in America’s labor movement, passed away Feb. 1 at the age of 86.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discusses why America needs a strong labor movement and how the Biden administration is committed to strengthening unions.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump stood in the lobby of his tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and again made excuses for bigotry and terrorism, effectively repudiating the remarks his staff wrote a day earlier in response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Sadly, white supremacy and Nazi ideology are on the rise across the nation and here in North Dakota. Four years ago, we all watched as Nazis and white supremacists tried to take over the small town of Leith for their own enclave, and many of us went down to protest the Nazi rally.

Brothers and Sisters,
This last week we saw some of the worst examples of how a government should operate. In fact the example we saw was so atrocious that even those responsible for the continued errors were horrified by what they were doing… yet they persisted.

We all talk about having good government, and we agree that our leaders should have a responsibility to good government. Though we may have different ideas about what government should do, there is little argument over the qualities good government should exhibit.

During the 58th Annual North Dakota AFL-CIO Convention in Bismarck, ND the North Dakota AFL-CIO held a silent auction for convention delegates that raised nearly one-thousand dollars to help feed the hungry working families in North Dakota.

The Importance of Healthcare.

A debate is raging across this country over who deserves healthcare. Is it only the people who are able pay for insurance or who have a job that offers it, or should the rest of us do what we can to make sure as many people as possible are protected? Even among union members there is disagreement.

Sisters and brothers,

It is over! The legislature has finally left our fair capital, and we can all go back to some semblance of normal. Of course, we are now left to pick up the pieces and to find our way through the damage left in their wake with slashed budgets, reduced services and a higher education system on a starvation diet. But at the very least, no more damage can be done. We know where we are and we can plan our way forward.

SB-2014 passed both the House and the Senate yesterday keeping the profit sharing for the State Mill employees. Yay!!! I thank everyone for their letters written and calls made to their legislators. You have all helped really make a difference.

Sisters and brothers,

The end is in sight! Rumor has it that the session will be done on Tuesday…or Wednesday… or Thursday or… well you get the idea.  Yep. The forecast alternates between pipedreams and pessimism, but things have to come together soon because Monday is day 74 out of a maximum of 80 says.