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.

HB-1193 was defeated in the North Dakota Senate on a vote of 44 to 1!

Brothers and sisters,

We just passed legislative week one million and three or thereabouts, and we’re still here. Though this session seems like it has been going for a while, the end is in sight because Monday will be the 55th day of the session out of a maximum of 80. Though there are serious budget fights still going on and more to come, there is also a light at the end of the tunnel… We just hoping it’s not an oncoming train.

Sisters and Brothers,

Believe it or not, week eleven of the 65th Legislative session just passed. The days go by slow, but the weeks fly right past. In fact, this week is the deadline for referrals of bills into appropriations. The time for testimony will be soon over and the slow grinding arguments over how to pay for what the legislature has passed will be upon us.

 Sisters and Brothers,

Things slowed down this week. Many Labor bills that will affect us have already either been defeated or pushed through, and the legislature is now getting down to the basic fight over money and budget. The North Dakota budget was the big news at the Capital this week and is looking grimmer with each succeeding forecast. Our public employees are facing some serious threats as these updated numbers are used to navigate tough budget decisions. North Dakota United has some work to do out in the coming weeks.

Sisters and Brothers,

As the crossover recess was Monday and Tuesday, this was a short but somewhat eventful week.  Never a dull day at the capital! Terrifying! Disheartening! Soul sucking! Yes! But not dull. Like a train wreck in progress, the apocalypse that is 2017 North Dakota politics is a clothes-on-fire/no-water-in-sight kind of exciting.

Let’s start with on last week’s highlights.

Sisters and Brothers,

This last week was a busy week being both crossover week and the time of the AFL-CIO legislative conference.  Overall it was an excellent week.

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.  As much as we may want it to be…

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