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2020’s growth in pay inequity between workers and CEOs confirms the “executive base salary reductions” touted during the COVID-19 crisis were just lip service, per this year’s AFL-CIO Executive Pay

NORTH DAKOTA WORKERS:
ASBESTOS EXPOSURE ON THE JOB?

In any business, the people who do the work deserve to have a voice in their working conditions.

When we kiss our loved ones’ goodbye to head to work, we don’t expect tragedy. Saturday is Workers Memorial Day, a time for all of us to remember those who went to work but unfortunately never returned home because they lost their lives while on the job. It’s also a day to remember that we must keep fighting for safe workplaces and continue to fight short cuts that lawmakers are pursuing as they turn back the clock on health and safety regulations in Congress.

Harvard research and teaching assistants' vote to unionize last week was unique in its scale and drew on a decades-long push to form graduate student unions, according to several labor experts and union organizers.

North Dakota Union Sisters and Brothers:

The North Dakota AFL-CIO convention is coming up fast and we’d love to have as many members as possible attend and take part. The convention will take place at the Fargo Ramada Hotel and Conference Center on May 17th and 18th.

We will be meeting candidates for office, making critical decisions on political endorsements and planning for working people’s future. It’s critical that union members stand up and take part. We can’t continue to sit back and allow others to choose our future.

Organized labor managed an increasingly rare feat on Monday — a political victory — when its allies turned back a Senate measure aimed at rolling back labor rights on tribal lands.

The legislation, called the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, would have exempted enterprises owned and operated by Native American tribes from federal labor standards, even for employees who were not tribal citizens.

The notion of bringing home 80 cents for every dollar pocketed by a man on a national basis is unsettling enough. But it's even more startling when those lost wages are added up.

Overall, it amounts to $10,000 in lost wages a year, says Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families. That chunk of cash could pay for 14 more months of child care, 74 more weeks of groceries and an additional 10 months of rent for the average woman.

Fifty years ago this week, Martin Luther King Jr. went to Memphis, Tennessee, to march with the city’s striking black sanitation workers. Wages were bad, and conditions were so unsafe that workers were seriously injured or even killed while using the trash compactors of their trucks. The city of Memphis, their employer, refused to do better; city officials refused to act to improve their wages or safety.

Moorhead Mayor Williams, Dilworth Mayor Olson, West Fargo Mayor Mattern, Fargo Mayor Mahoney, Grand Forks Mayor Brown and East Grand Forks Mayor Gander proclaimed April 4th, 2018 "The Day of Dignity and Respect for All American Workers" in honor of the work for economic and racial justice that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was doing in Memphis, standing in solidarity with Memphis sanitation workers, when he was assassinated 50 years ago to the day.