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If you want to do a compare and contrast about card check and the secret ballot method of organizing a union in the workplace, Workday Minnesota’s recent post, Videos about the Employee Free Choice Act, offers two informative videos produced by the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service.


The first one shows a successful voluntary card check while the second is a grim reminder of how poorly the present system works.






There has been much hysteria about the Employee Free Choice Act and many in the main stream media have been too lazy to find out what works and what doesn’t work. Or, maybe they just don’t want to bite the hand that feeds them.


Corporate America has amassed a huge war chest to campaign against the Employee Free Choice Act. In an effort to get the truth out about this critical legislation the AFL-CIO has established the Turn Around America Fund. Please consider a contribution today. Help bring prosperity to all of America.



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AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka delivered this fiery speech at the United Steelworkers convention in July of this year. Take the time to watch it. It is worth it.



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At least at Corner House Comments.

The next seven weeks will see me working full time on GOTV (get out the vote) efforts on behalf of Labor in Minnesota. In the interest of disclosure, this is a paid position. I have taken a leave of absence from my regular Union (UFCW)  job as a forklift operator at JBS Swift in Worthington.

My posts may be infrequent (nothing new there), and of course the opinions expressed by me (CHC) are mine and do not represent the official views of the AFL-CIO or Change To Win organizations. I do not get paid to maintain this blog.

Peace & solidarity,


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Election Day is bearing down on us quickly and many people and organizations are working hard to elect their candidates. One such group is the Minnesota AFL-CIO  which has gathered over 500 delegates in Duluth this week to listen to candidates, pass resolutions, and get fired up for the remainder of this election cycle. Monday, September 15, delegates will take part in “Turn Around America” and will doorknock the city of Duluth, talking to union families about the issues and labor-endorsed candidates. WorkdayMinnesota has coverage of the convention.

I am reminded of an old Doobie Brothers tune, ‘Takin it to the streets’.

You don’t know me but I’m your brother
I was raised here in this living hell
You don’t know my kind in your world
Fairly soon the time will tell
You, telling me the things you’re gonna do for me
I aint blind and I don’t like what I think I see

Take this message to my brother
You will find him everywhere
Wherever people live together
Tied in poverty’s despair
You, telling me the things you’re gonna do for me
I aint blind and I don’t like what I think I see

Here is an excellent live version of the Doobie Brothers preforming performing, ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’, that I would like to dedicate to the brothers and sisters in Duluth.


Peace & solidarity,





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If you are going to attend the Minnesota State Fair be sure to check out the new Minnesota AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion. It is the first State Fair Building designed to meet ‘Green’ Building Standards and was built with union labor. Fox 9 News has video here. Check it out to see all the cool features. Senator Amy Klobuchar will be present for the ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday.

Here are the details from the press release.

Media Advisory for August 21, 2008   


Diane O’Brien (651) 261-4173 (cell), 651-227-7647 (office) Andrea Gage (262) 309-0754 (cell)





Minnesota AFL-CIO Hosts Series of Events at New State Fair Pavilion

At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 21, the Minnesota AFL-CIO will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new green, eco-friendly State Fair pavilion featuring a visit from U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. The event will be followed with a performance by musician Tim Mahoney.

Throughout the day, journalists and members of the public are invited to tour the facility (the first State Fair building designed to meet ‘Green’ Building Standards) and take part in the following activities:

* Learn about Working America, the fastest growing organization for workers in the country

* Videotape your message on what you expect from the next president and see yourself on the Minnesota AFL-CIO Pavilion Media Wall

* Talk with union members about their work

For a full list of opening weekend activities, please visit http://www.mnaflcio.org.

To arrange an interview with a representative of the Minnesota AFL-CIO, please call Diane O’Brien at (651) 227-7647 or Andrea Gage at (262) 309-0754 (cell).

Minnesota AFL-CIO Hours of Operation

* Opening Day 10:00 a.m.- 8 p.m (Pavilion tours for members of the media beginning at 9:30 a.m.)

* Daily 9:00 a.m.-8 p.m.

* Labor Day 9:00 a.m.-6 p.m.


Who says labor and environmentalists can’t get along?

Here is some Ray Charles for your audio/video pleasure:



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The Minnesota AFL-CIO along with rank and file union members who are veterans gathered in St Paul at the capitol today, July 10, to launch the Union Veterans Council.  The AFL-CIO Union Veterans 2008 website states:

Some 2.1 million union members, or 14 percent of all union members, are veterans of military service. The AFL-CIO is bringing together union leaders and members who are veterans to speak out to and hold government officials and candidates accountable to the needs of our returning heroes—not only for Labor 2008, but beyond.

The event coincided with similar events in Milwaukee, Denver, Dayton, Ohio; and Charlston, W. VA. WorkdayMinnesota covered the event and has this quote from MN AFL-CIO President Ray Waldron:

Like all working people, veterans are worried about our future and our children’s future. Our country is headed in the wrong direction,” said Minnesota AFL-CIO President Ray Waldron, who participated in Thursday’s event. “The first-ever union veterans council will bring union veterans together across Minnesota on the issues that matter most to veterans, our families and all working people. And we’re starting by working to elect leaders who will put working people’s concerns first.”

Public News Service Minnesota also has this story and audio with MN AFL-CIO Communications Director Diane O’Brien.

The AFL-CIO will be running tv ads in selected states featuring Jim Wasser, a Vietnam veteran.




Speaking of veterans issues, Ollie OX at  A Bluestem Prairie has two posts up today:

Click on the titles

Wa Times on hearing: “Why Does the VA Continue to Give a Suicide-Inducing Drug to Veterans with PTSD?”


House passes Homeless Vets bill; Bush threatens veto


The Veterans Council is a welcome addition to the AFL-CIO and will help bring together veterans to focus on issues and to elect reperesentatives( like 1st District Congressman Tim Walz) who will be responsive and accountable to their constitiuencies.


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