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.

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