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North Dakota AFL-CIO Universal Free School Hot Lunch Resolution

WHEREAS, proper nutrition is a necessary component of quality education; and

This Labor Day weekend, take time to remember the generations of American workers, including North Dakotan workers, and the battles they fought to have safer workplaces, time off to spend with thei

Despite its setbacks, or perhaps because of them, organized labor has an energy level that AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says he hasn’t seen before in his 50 years with the movement.

A year after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that threatened to cripple public sector unions, they seem to be holding their own.

Government employees, it turns out, see value in belonging to unions. Membership in Illinois government unions actually has increased a year after the June 27, 2018, ruling in Janus vs. AFSCME, as Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet reported in a recent column.

Raise a glass to the longest economic expansion in modern American history.

A full decade has passed since the end of the last recession, in June 2009, and the economy continues to grow. As of Monday, the current expansion surpassed the previous record for uninterrupted growth, set between 1991 and 2001.

But this time around, no one is accusing Americans of irrational exuberance: These good times don’t feel particularly good. Economic growth over the past decade has been slow and fragile, and most of the benefits have been claimed by a small minority of  the population.

On the morning of September 10, 2012, the bells rang to open Chicago’s public schools, but there were no teachers in the classrooms.

The night before, negotiations with Chicago’s reform-minded mayor, Rahm Emanuel, had gone south, and the new activist leaders of the city’s 25,000-member teachers union, clad all in red, walked out. Surrounded by a throng of cameras, they declared that their members would go on strike for the first time in 25 years.

Mick Mulvaney, a millionaire who is President Trump’s acting chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, awarded himself another job last week: spokesman for labor.

The North American Free Trade Agreement has been a disaster for working Pennsylvanians. But, the way it came about was no accident.

Those in power decided that greed, not justice or fairness, would be the rule of our economy. Corporations were handed free rein to suppress the rights of workers in Mexico, slash wages across North America and destroy livelihoods here at home — anything to fatten their already burgeoning profit margins.

When AFSCME member Deborah Van Horn was unable to work due to health issues, she turned to Union Plus for financial help. As a Union Plus Credit Cardholder, she was eligible to apply for the Union Plus Disability Grant.

NORTH DAKOTA AFL-CIO 60th CONVENTION

A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTH DAKOTA AFL-CIO, URGING POLITICAL LEADERS SERVING THE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA TO SUPPORT AND/OR HELP DEVELOP LEGISLATION THAT WILL PROVIDE MORE EQUITABLE, EFFICIENT, COMPREHENSIVE, AFFORDABLE, HIGH QUALITY, AND UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE FOR ALL LONG-TERM RESIDENTS OF NORTH DAKOTA.

WHEREAS, this nation’s Founders established a vision for its citizens to have certain rights that include “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”; and


NORTH DAKOTA AFL-CIO 60th CONVENTION

A RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1919 WINNIPEG GENERAL STRIKE

WHEREAS:     The 100th Anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike is being celebrated this year, 2019, by our neighbors to the north and our family in union, the Manitoba Federation of Labor; and

WHEREAS:    Mass unemployment of returning soldiers, low wages, inflation, lack of basic labor rights and working class resentment over war profiteering all fueled the class conflict smoldering in Winnipeg in spring of 1919; and