Let the countdown begin! With just a few days left of the 2016 session we are keeping the pressure on the legislature to pass Paid Family and Medical Leave. See our updates below. 

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The ARGA ratification vote for the Meat and Grocery tentative agreements was held today, May 26, at various sites.  Local 1189 Meat members voted down the offer by 98.9%; Grocery members voted down the offer by 74.4%.  The negotiating committee will meet with the Employers on June 1 and 2, 2016 in Duluth.  We will continue to keep you updated.

May 26, 2016  Illinois Labor Movement Rallies Thousands at State Capital:  Thousands of union members, led by Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan (IBEW) and Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez (UFCW), rallied in Springfield to

On August 1, the union contract covering 39,000 IBEW and CWA members up and down the East Coast expired. Now, workers are working without a contract and continue their fight for a fair agreement while on the job.  Despite making $18 billion in profits in the last 18 months and top executives raking in $249 million over the last five years, Verizon is still insisting on slashing job security, health care, and retirement security, and refuses to engage in serious bargaining towards a fair contract.

U.S. Rep. Richard Nolan becomes the 69th cosponsor for the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.  Minnesota became an industrial hemp state in accordance with Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill in 2015 by way of the state's Omnibus. In mid-2015, Representatives Hamilton, Poppe and C. Johnson introduced HF 14 to authorize the state's Industrial Hemp Development Act, which would establish a farm opportunity loan fund and make appropriations to support the program. The passage of H.R.