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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

Members of IAM Local 2525 have ratified a new agreement with Rugby Manufacturing in Rugby, ND.
The three-year contract includes wage increases of 2.9 to 4 percent each year for senior employees (24+ months), a 2.9 to 4 percent increase to the wage rate table, a 1.5 percent wage increase and improvements in the wage table steps each year for those employees who are new hires to 24 months. The agreement also includes a minimal increase in health insurance, improvements in reimbursements for safety equipment, and an improved attendance policy.

Sisters and Brother,
Last week ended the third week of the North Dakota 2017 legislature. In the bills that came up, Labor won one, lost a few more and some are still tied. I have to admit that this legislature is a difficult one for working people’s issues. In every committee, we have only a few allies and a couple of neutrals, and the rest… It will be a difficult fight, but that just means that we have to try harder, and we will.

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Brothers and Sisters,
Last week the North Dakota Legislature was ramping up its efforts, and things don’t look good for working people across our state. A variety of bills are coming forward. Some threaten the rights of workers and their ability to collectively bargain, while others promise to help poor and working North Dakotans. Sadly we have only a limited ability to fight the former and promote the latter, but we will throw everything we have into the fight.