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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

CAPND: Community Action Partnership Williston is hiring an SSVF Case Manager

Community Action Partnership Williston, ND is hiring an
SSVF Case Manager 
 
Community Action Partnership of Williston, North Dakota has an opening for a full-time Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program (SSVF) Case Manager with the Client Services program. Responsible for providing timely and professional coordination of all aspects of the day to day operations of the agency's Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program and assist with other emergency services programs with the agency. Position requires an Associate Degree in Office Administration or the equivalent. Two years experience in the Human Service field. 
 
For a complete job description and to apply, contact Job Service North Dakota, 66 Osborn Drive, Dickinson, ND 58601 or email administration@dickinsoncap.org for more information.
 
Closing date is 07/11/2018.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

From AFR: Stop The Debt Trap - Payday Lending in the News.


 
For more recent press hits worth sharing, check out#StopTheDebtTrap News Stories!

Highlight

Federal judge rejects CFPB's effort to halt payday rule
June 13, American Banker
A federal court dealt a blow to efforts by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to slow down the agency's payday lending rule. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Tuesday denied the request by acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney that the court delay the payday rule's effective date, which is set for next year.
More Coverage:
CFPB Payday Rule Will Go Live Next Year, Judge Says Bloomberg
Texas Court Rules Against CFPB’s Payday Lending Act Delay | PYMNTS.com
Tweet:
"Mick Mulvaney and the payday lenders tried an end-run around the law and it was rightly rejected," said Will Corbett, litigation counsel @CRLONLINE. "Today’s ruling is a win for consumers." #ProtectConsumers #StopTheDebtTrap http://bit.ly/2K6AWX4
 
Other News
  
Legal Aid official describes firing of advisers to federal consumer board
June 17, The Florida Times Union
Over 60 members of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s three advisory boards comprised of volunteers from industry and consumer groups as wells as academics were all fired recently.

White House Confirms That Mulvaney Deputy Is Pick to Lead Consumer Bureau
June 16, The New York Times
Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has picked a deputy at the budget office, Kathy Kraninger, to succeed him at the consumer watchdog agency, a White House spokeswoman confirmed on Saturday. REPOST: WRAL.com
More Coverage:
Trump's consumer watchdog pick draws criticism from left and right Reuters
President Trump To Tap Mulvaney Associate To Lead Consumer Bureau | NPR

Pa. lawmakers should reject this exploitative payday lending bill
June 15, Harrisburg Patriot News
It's the rare day that goes by in Harrisburg when state lawmakers don't praise the virtues of Pennsylvania's active-duty servicemen and women and its veterans. Yet a nakedly exploitative bill now before the House Commerce Committee, if approved, would open a loophole in state law big enough to drive an Abrams tank through, trapping those same heroes in a crushing cycle of debt.
More Coverage:
Reject legislation to aid payday lenders | The Morning Call
Rep. Heffley accused of sneaking payday lending bill through committee | City & State

CFPB’s Acting Director Is Acting Up: Mulvaney Joins Payday Industry to Fight Regulation
June 13, The Pasadena Journal
Mick Mulvaney, the illegally appointed Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a glaring example of one who appears to consistently relegate the ļ¬nancial concerns of America’s people in favor of businesses that harm instead of help consumers. His support of the payday and small-dollar lending industry is a prime example.

In Our View: We’re Inviting Another Crisis
June 12, The Columbian
With the nation barely out from under the shadow of the Great Recession, the Trump administration and a complicit Congress continue to ignore the lessons of the past decade. Safeguards put in place to protect against another economic meltdown are being rolled back, while protections for consumers are being ignored.

For more recent press hits worth sharing, check out#StopTheDebtTrap News Stories!
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From ND AFL-CIO- Weekly Update: June 18 2018

Labor Backed Housing Forum Responds to the Affordability Crisis

The Housing Forum brought together leaders, policy experts, and union members directly impacted by the region’s affordable housing crisis and not included in the Governor’s task force to engage in a conversation to begin articulating priorities for housing.

Congratulations to Labor-Endorsed Candidates Elected Tuesday Night

Missouri Slope Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Bismarck City Commission        Nancy Guy
Mandan City Commission        Amber Larson
Mandan City Commission        Dennis Rohr
Northern Valley Labor Council, AFL-CIO               
Grand Forks City Council – Ward 2        Katie Dachtler
Grand Forks School Board        Chris Douthit
Grand Forks School Board        Jacqueline Hoffarth
Grand Forks School Board        Shanon Mikulski
Grand Forks School Board        Bill Palmiscno

Katie Dachtler wins Grand Forks City Council seat

Katie Dachtler won the Grand Forks City Council election in Ward 2, beating her opponent Mark Rustad with 59.16 percent of the vote Tuesday, according to unofficial, preliminary results.

‘Not a representation of our community’: Fargo commission remains all-male despite several women candidates

FARGO – Another election cycle has passed with no women winning seats on the all-male Fargo City Commission. Three women – Arlette Preston, Linda Boyd and Liz Maddock-Johnson – campaigned but were unsuccessful in Tuesday’s election.

Turnout low in North Dakota primary

Voter turnout was low around North Dakota in Tuesday's primary elections, according to unofficial results from the North Dakota Secretary of State's website.

Labor 2018 Kickoff

Can we count on you to roll up your sleeves with the AFL-CIO and volunteer with phone banking or door knocking efforts in order to elect candidates that will stand for the issues that matter to YOU?

RSVP by clicking the link to the event closest to you!

Labor 2018 Kickoff - Fargo - Sunday, June 24 - 1-5

Labor 2018 Kickoff - Bismarck - Saturday July 21 - 1-5

Lastly, if you'd like to you'd like to see less money and more transparency in North Dakota politics, join the North Dakotans for Public Integrity on Monday June 18 at 10:15 for their

Anti-Corruption Signature Turn-In Event - Monday June 18, 10:15 AM

Monday, June 11, 2018

From ND AFL-CIO: Weekly Update: Labor Council Endorsements, Heitkamp Editorial, Fargo-Moorhead Family-Friendly Haven Letter to the Editor, 2018 Labor Kickoff


Know Your Rights: Voting in North Dakota

Some things go better if you’re prepared. Get ready to vote now to make your voice heard in the next critical election!
The fight for voting rights remains as critical as ever. Politicians across the country continue to engage in voter suppression, efforts that include additional obstacles to registration, cutbacks on early voting, and strict voter identification requirements. Through litigation and advocacy, the ACLU is fighting back against attempts to curtail an essential right in our democracy, the right to vote.

JUNE 12 Election Local Labor Council Endorsements:

Northern Plains United Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Fargo City Commission        Arlette Preston
Fargo City Commission        Linda Boyd
Missouri Slope Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Bismarck City Commission        Nancy Guy
Mandan City Commission        Amber Larson
Mandan City Commission        Dennis Rohr
Minot City Council        Stephan Podrygula
Minot Park Board        Stephen Henderson
Northern Valley Labor Council, AFL-CIO               
Grand Forks City Council – Ward 2        Katie Dachtler
Grand Forks School Board        Chris Douthit
Grand Forks School Board        Jacqueline Hoffarth
Grand Forks School Board        Shanon Mikulski
Grand Forks School Board        Bill Palmiscno

Heitkamp: After 55 years, we're still fighting for equal wages

When I was younger, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer. That may not sound like a big deal, but at the time, I was laughed at for making such a statement. When I was growing up, there weren't many female lawyers, and there were few women in law school. But the naysayers and preconceived notions about what careers women could or couldn't have didn't deter me. I went to law school and became a lawyer.

Editorial: Let's brand Fargo-Moorhead as a family friendly workforce haven

Fargo-Moorhead is engaged in a constant competition with other cities to attract a skilled and talented workforce. The metro cities for years have consciously worked to provide amenities to improve quality of life to make the area more welcoming for young people. But other challenges remain. One of the biggest: affordable day care for young families. The issue recently came to the fore at a Chamber of Commerce event, when nonprofit and business leaders gathered to talk about the dire need for affordable, high-quality child care. Nonprofit leaders urged the community to invest in child care, pointing out that families are making decisions about where to work and raise children with child care in mind. We agree that the issue is a top priority—what could be more important than our children?—and throw down a challenge to business, political and civic leaders: Let's work together to brand Fargo-Moorhead as a place that is friendly to workers and their families.


Labor 2018 Kickoff - Fargo

Join the Northern Plains United Labor Council and the North Dakota AFL-CIO for the kickoff of our Labor 2018 member-to-member political education campaign.

June 24, 2018 • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Fargo- Moorhead Labor Temple (3002 1st Ave North, Fargo, ND 58102)
1:00-1:30 Pizza, Pop, and a Plan - Labor's goals for this election cycle, and how we can work together as North Dakota union members to accomplish those goals and build power for working people.
1:30-2:00 Canvassing Training - Learn how to doorknock and phonebank!
2:00-5:00 Kickoff Canvass - Doorknocking union members in in Fargo for labor-endorsed candidates!

Mobile Messaging for North Dakota Workers!

We are happy to introduce a new tool in the fight for workers' rights in North Dakota!
Text NDLABOR to 235246 to join our new mobile messaging service and stay up-to-date on upcoming actions and events for working people!

Unions Begin With You

When working people come together, they make things better for everyone. Joining together in unions enables workers to negotiate for higher wages and benefits and improve conditions in the workplace. There are millions of union members in America from all walks of life. These individuals know that by speaking up together, you can accomplish more than you could on your own.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

ND AFL-CIO: Weekly Update

Memorial Day Is About Respect and Remembrance

The working men and women of the AFL-CIO join the Union Veterans Council to wish all a safe Memorial Day weekend. This is a time to respect and remember those who gave their lives for the bedrock freedoms of our nation.
Let’s resolve to honor their sacrifice by redoubling our efforts to secure and make real those freedoms for every worker in America, so working people can win new economic rules built on broadly shared prosperity.

White House Cracks Down on Unions with Executive Orders

President Trump issued a series of executive orders Friday that could gut federal employee unions’ ability to negotiate with agency leaders and represent workers, as well as reduce the time it takes for an agency to fire people for poor performance or misconduct.

Neil Gorsuch Just Demolished Labor Rights

The Supreme Court issued a 5–4 decision Monday in Epic Systems v. Lewis allowing employers to deprive their workers of their right to sue collectively. Its ruling, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, blasts a massive hole through post–New Deal labor law, hobbling employees’ ability to recover in court when their employers underpay them. It is difficult to overstate how devastating Epic Systems is to labor rights in America—and how far Gorsuch strays from federal law in order to implement his preferred economic policy.

Drunk diners, penny-pinching patrons: Fargo-Moorhead service industry workers share stories of customer mistreatment

FARGO — Like any other industry, the service industry has its ups and downs — and those downs for servers and bartenders can include everything from harassment to customers' overconsumption of alcohol.

Labor 2018 Kickoff - Fargo

Join the Northern Plains United Labor Council and the North Dakota AFL-CIO for the kickoff of our Labor 2018 member-to-member political education campaign.

June 24, 2018 • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Fargo- Moorhead Labor Temple (3002 1st Ave North, Fargo, ND 58102)
1:00-1:30 Pizza, Pop, and a Plan - Labor's goals for this election cycle, and how we can work together as North Dakota union members to accomplish those goals and build power for working people.
1:30-2:00 Canvassing Training - Learn how to doorknock and phonebank!
2:00-5:00 Kickoff Canvass - Doorknocking union members in in Fargo for labor-endorsed candidates!

Mobile Messaging for North Dakota Workers!

We are happy to introduce a new tool in the fight for workers' rights in North Dakota!
Text NDLABOR to 235246 to join our new mobile messaging service and stay up-to-date on upcoming actions and events for working people!

Monday, May 14, 2018

ND AFL-CIO Weekly Update



FARGO—U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Tina Smith, D-Minn., joined more than 80 workers and retirees in Fargo on Saturday, May 12, to provide updated information following the second meeting of a House and Senate Joint Select Committee tasked with solving the crisis facing pension plans across the country.
FARGO, N.D. — U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Tina Smith spoke with several retired workers in Fargo to discuss pension reform.
The two Senators are part of a bipartisan, joint Senate–House committee whose goal is to solve the pension crisis.

Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest one-day food drive, and it’s powered by union members.
Letter Carriers across the country collected non-perishable food along their routes today for delivery to local food pantries. The carriers’ union, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), organizes the food drive each year.

(CNN)The nationwide fight for more school funding has now swept North Carolina, where teachers are planning to skip school and confront lawmakers next week.
On May 16 -- when the Legislature comes back in session -- hundreds of schools will be closed to students while teachers join the March for Students and Rally for Respect in Raleigh.


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.
See all you delegates this week!
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Mobile Messaging for North Dakota Workers!
We are happy to introduce a new tool in the fight for workers' rights in North Dakota!
Text NDLABOR to 235246 to join our new mobile messaging service and stay up-to-date on upcoming actions and events for working people!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Webinar: Ensuring that People are Not Jailed Due to Poverty

 
 
  
May 22, 2018 ♦ 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST

Presenters:
 
Karly Jo Dixon 
Equal Justice Works
Mitali Nagrecha, Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School
Brittany Stonesifer, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children


Moderator: 
Abby Shafroth, Attorney, National Consumer Law Center

   
Description: 
The Constitution prohibits jailing defendants for non-payment of debts they cannot afford but too often courts fail to conduct adequate "ability to pay" proceedings and unrepresented individuals are sent to jail simply because they are too poor to pay a fee. This webinar discusses both effective representation of individuals in ability to pay proceedings and best practices for ability to pay determinations that advocates should promote in policy reform.
There is no charge for this webinar and all time listings are in Eastern Time. NCLC does not provide CLE credits for webinars, but will give certificates of attendance following the webinar for those who are interested.
If you are unable to attend the webinar, rest assured that it will be archived on the NCLC webinar page. Still have questions? Please email SarahEmily Lekberg at slekberg@nclc.org
More about this Series: 

The National Consumer Law Center and the Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School's free webinar series on criminal justice debt continues this spring. Confronting Criminal Justice Debt focuses on the fines and fees imposed by the criminal justice system. This webinar series brings together leading attorneys, academics, and other advocates to identify problems with the current fine and fee practices, including their disproportionate impact on the poor and people of color, and to discuss litigation and policy solutions.