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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.

Graduate student unions are in the news again, with campuses across the US deciding to allow--and not to allow--graduate students to unionize. 

In October 2016, we reported that National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would require private universities to bargain with graduate student labor unions on compensation and working conditions. 

It's no secret that the financial divide between CEOs and average worker in the U.S. has been growing. But in one case, the pay gap between corporate chiefs and employees has reached almost 6,000-to-1: Weight Watchers, where CEO Mindy Grossman earned 5,908 times what the median worker took home last year.

CEO pay for major companies in the United States rose nearly 6% in the past year, as income inequality and the outsourcing of good-paying American jobs have increased. According to the new AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch, the average CEO of an S&P 500 Index company made $13.94 million in 2017—361 times more money than the average U.S. rank-and-file worker.

An ideologically divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that companies may require workers to settle employment disputes through individual arbitration rather than joining to press their complaints, a decision affecting as many as 25 million workers.

The court's conservative majority said that the 5-to-4 ruling was a logical reading of federal law, and Congress' preference for using arbitration to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation.

A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF ANTI-CORRUPTION BALLOT MEASURE

WHEREAS:     North Dakota does not have an ethics commission and there are few rules regarding transparency in campaign finance; and

WHEREAS:    North Dakotan’s for Public Integrity are circulating a petition to place an measure on that ballot entitled “Transparency of Funding Sources, Lobbyists, Conflicts of Interests, and the Establishment of an Ethics Commission” ; and

Federal

Heidi Heitkamp - United States Senator

Mac Schneider - Representative in Congress

State

Josh Boschee - Secretary of State

David Thompson - Attorney General

Jim Dotzenrod - Agriculture Commissioner

Jean Brandt - Public Service Commissioner

Kylie Oversen - Tax Commissioner

District 01

Melissa Johnson - State Senator

Crysta Parkinson - State Representative

Lindsay Walsh - State Representative

District 03

North Dakota AFL-CIO Convention Endorses U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp
State Federation of North Dakota labor unions gathers for 59th Annual Convention to
vote on political endorsements

President Trump’s attention of late has been focused in part on the United States Postal Service and Amazon, resulting in a new executive order calling for an evaluation of USPS finances. This is a good opportunity to underscore some important facts regarding the Postal Service, a national treasure belonging to all the people of the United States.