Frank Jewell, usual suspects endorsed
Let’s just say the Duluth CIO Political Director) to not in his bid to sit on the St. Louis
AFL-CIO Central Labor Body send me all that paperwork, County Board of Commis-
screening and endorsement because we’ll just ask them sioners in District 1, which
discussions on August 10 what we need to know.” covers approximately the east-
weren’t wild and wooly times. And that's how the time ern half of Duluth. Jewell will
With all the Minnesota leg- was spent...talking about the
islative incumbents in Districts DECC expansion’s failure, See Endorsements...page 23
6 and 7, the two areas the House Speaker Steve
An Injury To One Is An Injury To All!
Central Body has jurisdiction
over as determined by the
Sviggum’s call for cooperation
as he shuts out anyone
Minnesota AFL-CIO, running
VOL. 112 again with Labor’s endorse-
opposed to his ideas, universal
health care, the transportation
AUGUST 30, 2006 NO. 5 ment from their last campaign,
the outcome was a done deal.
Sen. Yvonne Prettner
Following the screenings, Solon’s opponent, Steve and www.wisaflcio.org
which were attended by all Khalar, had asked for an audi-
candidates except Rep. David ence with the delegates and U.S. Senate
Dill, who was out of state, a spoke after legislators screen- Amy Klobuchar
motion to endorse all six was ed. He described himself as
passed unanimously. The coming from a strong union U.S. House
process was especially pain- family and of having been a Dist. 8~Jim Oberstar
less for Dill and Rep. Mike DFL delegate in 1988 and
Jaros, who have no opposition 1990 but his more conserva- MINNESOTA
in their races. tive nature won out and made Governor/Lt. Gov.
Rep. Tom Huntley, Rep. him a Republican. Northern Mike Hatch/Judi Dutcher
Mary Murphy, Sen. Tom Bakk Minnesota needs a Republican Attorney General
and Sen. Yvonne Prettner at the legislature he said. Steve Kelley
Solon will have opposition in It was suggested to him that Secretary of State
the General Election. he should go about enlighten- Mark Ritchie
“I didn’t bring any lengthy ing the state Republican Party
questionnaires (to the screen- on things like living wages and Auditor
ing) because these are our health care for all. Rebecca Otto
friends,” Central Body Presi- County Commissioner MN House
dent Alan Netland said in Former Duluth City District 3
opening the screenings. “I told Councilor Frank Jewell won a Sen. Tom Saxhaug
Brad Lehto (Minnesota AFL- near unanimous endorsement 3A--Tom Anzelc
Joan Linski gave her personal, gripping account of life as a St. Louis County attorney District 4
minimum wage worker at an Aug. 18 rally with Amy
Klobuchar, the AFL-CIO-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate,
candidates to screen Sept. 14 Senate-Mary Olson
and Congressman Jim Oberstar. Read her story on page 12. Duluth AFL-CIO Central Labor Body delegates decided at
their August 10 meeting to hold a screening in the St. Louis District 5
Fewer choices Labor Day County Attorney race. That screening will be held before the
Thursday, Sept. 14 meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Wellstone Hall of the
Sen. Dave Tomassoni
The Duluth AFL-CIO Central Labor Body’s Labor Day Duluth Labor Temple. 5B--Tony Sertich
Picnic has been a tradition nearly as long as Labor Day itself, Incumbent Alan Mitchell is being challenged by Melanie District 6
which dates back to 1882. This year will mark the 118th Labor Ford in that race. Screenings are open to interested affiliated Sen.Tom Bakk
Day observance in Duluth as far as can be ascertained. It’s union members. 6A--David Dill
always a tough go, pulling the event off with only donations and An endorsement will be discussed at the regular meeting fol- 6B--Mary Murphy
volunteers. Just ask trade unionists in Superior and St. Paul. lowing the screening. Only delegates can vote for endorsement,
The central labor bodies in those two good union towns have District 7
which requires two-thirds of the votes cast. Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon
both cancelled their activities for this year. In Carlton County, Delegates also discussed possible screenings in the 6th
that central body has ended its free retirees’ banquet. In all three 7A--Tom Huntley
Judicial District races but decided to not screen those contests. 7B--Mike Jaros
areas a lack of resources for the amount of participation seems
to have been the undoing of events. District 8
Superior’s dance is done for this year, St. Paul hopes to come WHAT’S INSIDE THIS ISSUE? Senate--Tony Lourey
back with a celebration next year after having speakers like Come on, you’re ready for a bus trip.....page 2 8A--Bill Hilty
Garrison Keillor and Jim Hightower in recent years, and Carlton David Newby on Labor Day.....page 3 8B--Tim Faust
County has added a car show to replace the retirees’ banquet. Molly Ivins & Ditchview, MN.....page 4 St. Louis County
The Duluth AFL-CIO Central Labor Body’s Labor Day
Picnic will be at the beautiful, spacious Bayfront Festival Park Letters to editor.....page 5 Commissioner Dist. 1
on the waterfront from noon to 4 p.m. Last year was the first A great chance to take in Unionism 101.....page 6 Frank Jewell
year at Bayfront after being at Fairmont Park and Park Point. UA endorses single-payer, H.R. 676.....page 9
The new venue was a huge success. The site affords accessible Univ. Wisconsin hires non-union Kontny firm...page 11 PLEASE VOTE
parking and rest rooms, and room for growth in the future. Joan’s story on minimum wage.....page 12 September 12 &
Every year a host of elected officials attend the picnic and
with St. Paul off the charts, Duluth might get even busier. This
Public schools beat charters, again....page 15 November 7
year a very distinguished speaker will address the event after Hillary has opposition from union activist.....page 16
years of being a quiet donor and attendee. A View From the Ditch.....page 18
Picnic Chair Yvonne Harvey said more volunteers are need- Surviving Sago miner sues owners.....page 19
ed as well as donations. Contact her at 728-1779. Labor Day FAQs.....page 20
Carlton County Celebration Worst Boss found.....page21
The Carlton County Central Labor will sponsor their 87th
Cloquet Labor Day Celebration beginning Thursday, Aug. 31 Yvonne Harvey says “Thanks”......page 22
through Labor Day. Their agenda is too extensive to list. Suffice Teacher wins arbitration over strike support.....page 24
it to say that no matter when
you go to Carlton County dur-
ing the 5-day gala you’d find
something happening. A short
Labor Day, 2006
list appears in an ad on page 2.
For Carlton County info con-
tact Tom Beltt, 879-7148.
See Labor Day...page 2
Come on, you’re ready for a bus trip! Labor 2006 getting results
Labor to make trip to states, “I have been a teacher, sengers but one-third of the Doorknocks and phone banks being conducted on the Iron
International Falls for coach, county commissioner seats have been reserved for Range are finding huge support for AFL-CIO-endorsed candi-
and was honored to serve with another group of riders that dates says Labor 2006 Northeast MN Director Mike Sundin.
“Old Style” political rally the administration of Gov. will be picked up at the “Labor’s work on the Range is being carried by AFSCME,
The plans are in the works Rudy Perpich. Since then I’ve Operating Engineers Local 49 the Steelworkers, and Building Trades, who are all finding
and you’re all that’s needed fought for workers’ rights as a union hall in Mountain Iron tremendous support for Labor candidates,” said Sundin.
says Mike Sundin, the labor official. Our next repre- about 3:30 or 4:00 p.m. On August 16, 100 union households were doorknocked in
Minnesota AFL-CIO’s Labor sentative needs to be effective “Seating is limited so peo- the Nashwauk/Keewatin/Pengilly area and only one person said
2006 director for northeast right away.” ple that want to go need to they were voting for Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty.
Minnesota. “Helping Tom Anzelc win give me a call to reserve a “Ida Rukavina led a AFSCME Council 65 phone bank
“We’ve got a free bus trip his Primary Election is our top spot,” said Sundin. He can be August 23rd with a bunch of volunteers and Mike Hatch got 72
for any and everyone to priority in northern Minne- reached at 391-5911. ‘votes,’ Pawlenty 13, and 43 undecided,” Sundin said. “Amy
International Falls and sota,” Sundin said. Klobuchar beat Mark Kennedy 69 to 10 and Tom Anzelc had
Smokey the Bear Park set for The bus trip will leave at Save 9/23 for the DFL Primary covered 89 to 7. Those are good numbers.”
Friday, September 8,” said 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8
Sundin. “It’s going to be fun.” from the Carpenters Union Sen. Edwards, Sundin said nearly every town in the region will be door-
knocked and phone banked and so many volunteers are needed.
Sundin said Rep. Tom
Rukavina will be the host for
Hall on Hwy 53, just south of
the Ugstad Road by a quarter
Union picnic Along with the usual Labor Day activities, a bus trip to
International Falls Sept. 8, and a huge Buffalo House picnic
the event, which will make the mile or so. You can see the Mark your calendar on Sept 23 with Sen. John Edwards (see adjoining stories), door-
trip worth it on its own. Amy huge building a few hundred Saturday, Sept. 23 as a day knocks are scheduled for Duluth Sept. 19 & 26, and Oct. 3, 10
Klobuchar will be there. Mike yards off the highway. when you’ll be at the Buffalo & 18. Virginia, Mt. Iron, Eveleth and Gilbert will be knocked
Hatch has said he’s clearing The bus can take 55 pas- House for a grand political Sept. 21 & 27 and Oct. 4. Hibbing will be done on OCt 12,
his schedule to make it. soiree and picnic. Chisholm on Oct. 19.
“We’re going to the Falls to Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) Sundin can be reached at 391-5911. On the Iron Range con-
fire up the troops for Tom is considered one of the lead- tact Jerry Fallos at 744-2757.
Anzelc, Labor and the DFL’s ing Democratic candidates for
guy in House District 3A,” president in 2008 after being
Sundin said. “Our job is to
retain that seat with Irv
John Kerry’s running mate in
2004. He’ll be the featured
Labor Day activity...from page 1
speaker at a DFL Unity Rally Iron Range Picnic
Anderson having retired.” The Iron Range Labor Assembly will hold their “3rd Annual
Anzelc has a long history that should include every
Democrat running for office in Day Before Labor Day Picnic” on Sunday, Sept. 3. The Virginia
of being a supporter of work- picnic will be held in Olcott Park from noon to 5:00 p.m. with
ing families that goes beyond the state.
Also that day at the Buffalo the whole nine yards of activities. For Virginia information con-
the years he spent as political tact Gerry Knaeble at 263-5704.
director for the Laborers House, a Union Family
District Council. At his web- Solidarity (Pig Roast) Picnic The Brainerd Trades & Labor Assembly will have their pic-
site, www.tomanzelc.com, he Tom Anzelc will be hosted by AFSCME. nic at Baxter Park. For information contact Ken Zelinske at
Call Lynn Whipple (218) 485- 829-0222.
I.U.O.E. Local 70 8353 or -5300 with questions
or to help the picnic effort.
St. Cloud’s Central Minnesota Trades & Labor Assembly
will hold their picnic at Riverside Park. For information contact
Monthly Arrowhead Regional Meeting Richard Steffes at (320) 251-5615.
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, 5:00 P.M.
Duluth Labor Center, Hall B
Dick Lally, Business Manager (651) 646-4566 Labor MELANIE
Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 10
Day County Attorney
“For the People, For a Change!”
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1:00 p.m. A chance for
all workers See you at the Duluth Central
Dry Dock Labor Body screening Sept. 14!
to again www.VoteMelanieFord.com
Carlton County Central Labor Body
87th Labor Day Celebration
Thank Prepared and paid for by Ford Campaign Committee, POBox 16734,
Duluth, MN 55816 ~Paid Advertisement~
Thursday, August 31 thru Labor Day Unions
Carnival Dunlap Island Park, Thursday-Monday for their
Softball Tourney Pinehurst Park Sat., Sunday Holiday.
Call Steve Martin, 879-3094 Sunday
Fireworks Sunday, 9 p.m., Veterans Park September 3
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Parade Labor Day, 11 a.m., Cloquet Ave. Olcott Park
Free Picnic After Parade @Labor Temple
Nifty-Fifty Car Show Monday, Noon to 3 p.m. FREE FOOD & MUSIC!
Next to Labor Temple
*Kids Entertainment: The Amazing Charles, Space Walk
See You In *Cash Bar
*Raffle Drawing at 4:00 p.m. for:
Carlton County! 1st Prize: $500 Cash
For information Roofers 2nd Prize: Weber Genesis Gold Stainless Steel Gas Grill
(Union-made in USA-$750 Value, Grande’s Ace Hardware)
3rd Prize: Wool & Leather Jacket (Union-made in USA-
call Tom Beltt
(218) 879-7148 Local 96 Donated by All American Imprints-Wyoming, MN)
For information call Gerry Knaeble, (218) 741-0508
PAGE 2 LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006
Labor Day: A time for honor & reflection, separating YOYOs from WITTs
by David Newby The core question we face al responsibility” but in reality we have a floor beneath which
President, Wisconsin State as a country today is this: Are it means we’re on our own, no one falls.
AFL-CIO we going to recognize that we there’s no common safety net. Combined with Bush tax
Labor Day is a time to really are all in this together, And if our health fails or our policies that are shifting vast
honor those who do the work and we need to support and job is outsourced and we’re amounts of wealth from work-
and actually create the real take care of each other? Or are not rich enough to survive on ing families to the super-rich
wealth of this country: work- we going to repudiate that our own, then that’s too bad, (who can afford to be on their
ing people! It should also be a value and any mutual obliga- it’s our own fault. We’ve own), YOYOism sums up the
time to reflect on what union- tions and say instead it’s obviously failed in our “per- policy agenda of this adminis-
ism is all about: Solidarity— everyone for themselves? sonal responsibility.” tration and its right wing con-
an injury to one is an injury to Jared Bernstein from the The union movement has a gressional majority. These
all. That is the basic principle Economic Policy Institute completely different philoso- anti-worker policies are rapid-
of the Labor Movement, the summed it up well in a recent phy. Recognizing that “we’re ly eroding the economic foun-
understanding that we’re all in article, saying it’s YOYO all in this together,” we want to dation for the middle class as
it together. (“You’re On Your Own”) vs. share risks and pool our well as rolling back the protec-
Without romanticizing the WITT (“We’re In This resources. So that everyone, at tions we all need by undermin-
past, that understanding also Together”). a minimum, has the health ing everything from environ-
used to be a fundamental For years the Right Wing care they need. So that all our mental standards to health and
has been promoting a YOYO David Newby kids have a good public educa- safety protections in the work-
value among the vast majority
of Americans. It was the way vision for America. The entire Wing solution to our health tion. So that everyone has place.
we related to each other as Bush domestic agenda is care crisis: not universal, work—and that work pays a So on this Labor Day
neighbors and as co-workers. based on the YOYO principle. quality, affordable health care living wage. So that everyone 2006, let’s think a bit about the
It was the basis of community. YOYO underlies Bush’s for all, but high-deductible can retire in dignity. So that basic principles of the Labor
But today that sense of attempt to privatize Social policies that expect us to Movement: Solidarity—an
community has been weak-
ened—in fact it’s under sys-
Security and leave our retire-
ment income to the mercy of
“shop” for the lowest cost
health care providers and
"Come injury to one is an injury to all.
And let’s remember why our
tematic attack. the stock market. which stress “personal respon- one, government was formed: “. . .
YOYO underlies the Right to promote the general wel-
sibility” for our health—as if
we could all become mini doc-
come fare, and secure the blessings
Monday - Friday
9 am - 5:30 pm
tors and could have complete all!" of liberty to ourselves and our
posterity.” These are precisely
control of our health! And meet the
YOYO also underlies the the principles we all need to
candidates! follow in order to meet the
corporate shift from “defined
benefit” guaranteed pensions Carlton County needs of the vast majority of
2002 London Road • 218.728.2863 to “defined contribution” pen- Americans and put America
sions or 401 (k)’s—which, like DFL “Fun” Raiser back together again.
F Doctor On Site privatized Social Security, do Live Milkbone music,
F Convenient Parking not provide a guaranteed Food, Beverages In Solidarity
income, but an income based Saturday, Sept. 2
F Located in the Duluth Labor Temple on how lucky we are in that
F European Style Glasses grand casino called the stock 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
market. Rain or Shine @
F Contact Lenses The fundamental goal of Larry the Laborer's
Owners YOYO policy is to shift all 97 E. Palkie Rd, Esko September 4, 2006
Kim Bujold & Eric Saksa, O.D. economic risk to individuals Free to political contribution refund-
and our families. Those cur- ers, but $20 donations accepted
rently in power call it “person-
Have a Safe
To All Our Affiliated Union Members: and
Come enjoy your Labor Day Picnic with your Happy Holiday...
f a m i l y a t B a y f r o n t Fe s t i v a l Pa r k And Enjoy It!
Monday, Sept. 4, Noon-4
Please remember to vote in the Tuesday, Sept. 12 Primary Election
and the Tuesday, Nov. 7 General Election. Bring someone with you
to the polls! Call your city clerk (Duluth, 723-3340) or county auditor
(St. Louis Co., 726-2385) for voting requirements and locations.
Politics begin at your dinner table, in your neighborhood and at your worksite. Help
others realize how important politics and voting are in the lives of working families.
See the graphic on page one for your Duluth AFL-CIO Central Body-
endorsed candidates and support them when you go to the polls. LOCAL 49
LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006 PAGE 3
Only Cheney could think Sen. Joe Lieberman’s lose would help al-Qaida
By tioned the Indiana move -- Veep Dick Cheney to the men- a phased withdrawal of troops gets serious -- a task
Molly Ivins some claiming it is a waste of ace. Ned Lamont, the guy who from Iraq would be “taken as a Lieberman, ranking Democrat
AUSTIN, Texas -- money trying to stop attacks beat Lieberman, said he was tremendous victory” by the on the Government Affairs
The most cunning on the Wabash Cannonball. surprised that Cheney claimed terrorists. Cheney said it Committee, has avoided. No
refinement yet in The Statue of Liberty and the his victory would embolden would encourage “the al- surprise that the lobbyists and
the administra- Washington Monument might Osama bin, as we call him Qaida types” who want to insiders want to keep their guy.
tion’s plot to scare merit a little more attention. Texas. “break the will of the In other news, we have the
the liver, lights and This is precisely why it is bet- “My God, here we have a American people in terms of answer to a troubling part of
onions out of us with Tales of ter to have Michael Chertoff terrorist threat against hearth our ability to stay in the fight the Middle East jigsaw puzzle:
Terror Plots is the Department and Karl Rove making these and home, and the very first and complete the task.” how to rebuild Iraq. We ought
of Homeland Security’s bril- Homeland Security decisions, thing that comes out of their Wow. How little we real- to drop Halliburton like a skil-
liant move to declare Indiana rather than Osama bin Laden. mind is how we can turn this ized the fate of a single senator letful of rattlesnakes and get
the national center of terror- The defeat of Connecticut to partisan advantage,” com- -- especially such a whiny and Hezbollah on the job. Did you
ism, with 8,591 potential tar- Sen. Joe Lieberman in the plained Lamont. Lieberman sanctimonious one -- meant ever see a better rebuilding
gets. Many citizens have ques- Democratic primary alerted warned that Lamont’s call for everything to Osama bin. bunch than this Hezbollah?
Must’ve pulled off his turban The shooting hadn’t even
and danced around his cave stopped yet when the “Army
Enjoy a Safe & Happy Labor Day! when he got the news. The
whole al-Qaida bunch stayed
of God” was hustling around
with plywood and duct tape,
up just to hear the late returns putting everything back
from Darien, Conn. together. And who do they get
Give President Bush anoth- to pay for it all, but the Arabs.
er five years or so, and he’s Now that’s what I call rebuild-
bound to figure out that Osama ing!
bin is not in Iraq -- then we’ll © 2006 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
be right on his tail. www.creators.com
Meanwhile, back in Wash-
ington, The Hill newspaper This Day In History
reports that an Enron lobbyist from
(former aide to Joe Lieberman www.workdayminnesota.org
and money-raiser for him and
convicted Republican Connec- August 30, 1834
ticut Gov. John Rowland, Union delegates from New
whom he describes as being York, Boston, Philadelphia
“like-minded guys”) is and other East Coast cities
demanding that Democratic met in convention to form
senators not campaign against the National Trades
Lieberman. When asking other Union.The NTU united
professional influence-ped- craft unions to oppose "the
dlers to contribute, he tells most unequal and unjustifi-
able distribution of the
Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day them to come back for
Lieberman, saying, “Who wealth of society in the
hands of a few individuals."
from your friends at knows what Lamont would be
like?” Active for only a few years,
For example, Lamont NTU nonetheless helped
might use his power to make spawn the organization of
sure the Enron investigation more than 60 new unions.
I don’t know if I’ve ever in-
dulged my sense of self-impor-
tance to this level, but I’ve placed
myself on the same page with our
favorite, Molly Ivins, in the hopes
Greater Northland Area Local someone would read my work.
We couldn’t have ended up with better placement in the
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO paper to continue our little talk, because we need to talk. After
all, this is the last issue of the paper before the Tuesday, Sept.
Duluth, MN 12th Primary Election, which means it’s time to start paying
First, go mark your calendar on that day in red with the let-
ters “V-O-T-E.” Maybe underline it. Alert your herd to it too.
Primaries aren’t difficult, but they’re very important in some
races, the equivalent to a thumbs up or down from Caesar.
Sept. 12 will be good practice for the Tuesday, November 7
General Election when the ballot will be really full and scary.
Kind of like reading James Joyce “Ullyses” versus Tom
Sawyer. No, I didn’t.
The Vikings, Twins, your lawn, the golf course, the lake, and
the couch can give you up for the half hour it will take to push
a few butts through to November.
State Rep. David Dill is endorsed by: Here are important races that will/may be on your Sept. 12th
4 DuluthRange Building & Construction Trades Primary Election ballot if and when you vote DFL:
Iron Building and Construction Trades
4 Iron Range Building & Construction Trades U.S. Senate: This one shouldn’t be close, but Amy
Duluth Building and Construction Trades Klobuchar (www.amyklobuchar.com) does have a Primary
4 Iron Range Labor Assembly 4 USWA District 11 opponent. She will make a great U.S. Senator when she beats
Iron Range Labor Assembly - MN AFL-CIO
4 Minnesota Association of Professional Employees Mark Kennedy in the General Election. He can’t possibly keep
U.S. Steelworkers of America, District 11
4 Minnesota Farmers Union - PAC lying about not being a Bush Boy for two more months can he?
4 DFL House Caucus Endorsed 4 Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers
Paid for by David Dill for 6A Committee; JoAnne Pagel, Treasurer, P.O. Box 293, Orr, MN 55771 Minnesota Governor: Hang on to your home boy Mike
Hatch here but I’m going to vote for Becky Lourey just because
4 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers 633 I’ve always believed in her progressive politics. Hatch is AFL-
4 Minnesota School Board Association "House Legislator of Year 2004" CIO and DFL-endorsed and some Building Trades have a prob-
Paid for by the David Dill for 6A Committee, JoAnne Pagel, Treasurer, P.O. Box 293, Orr, MN 55771 See Ditchview, MN...page 18
PAGE 4 LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006
Pollution price in the future is too high to justify Polymet mining jobs
Editor: ant stated, "The present state- Floodwood residents are upset in the St. Louis as long as great Americans seem to judge
"It is difficult to get a man of-the-art technology does not about this, and some hay great grand-daddy had a job.” every issue by asking the ques-
to understand something when provide any universal solu- farmer’s fields will be flooded. I also know that a lot of tion, Will this make the econo-
his salary depends on his not tions for sulfide drainage." This 200 acres of wetland union workers love to fish, and my larger? Maybe instead we
understanding it." -Upton The mining company will con- replacement will be the largest the idea of retiring to days of should think about this quote:
Sinclair tain the toxins and acids in in Minnesota history! If my relaxing and fishing is the “Only when the last tree has
liner filled pools in the ground. husband, who’s a union brick- dream. Think about that! You died, and the last river poi-
That quote could be about If the liner goes bad, or the layer mason, works on build- work for the company that pol-
the proposed PolyMet mine. soned will we realize we can’t
pool overflows , oops! If this ing the PolyMet mine, he can lutes the water you want to eat money. What’s more
This copper, or sulfide, mine, mine is approved and built, be happily assured that fish when you retire. So is that
is a hot topic. Unions need to important?
there are plans to build three Floodwood residents are mad, paycheck worth it? Jackie Bartosh
decide where they stand on more copper mines around the St. Louis catfish will die, but Funny thing is we
this issue. What is more Lakeside, WI
Boundary Waters area. at least he’s coming home with
important? The jobs it’ll create
or the toxic mess it’ll create.
In the U.S., acid mine
drainage and other toxins from
a paycheck. If that doesn’t
sound greedy, I don’t know
Joan Growe supports Ritchie
Both the economy and the abandoned mines have pollut- what does. Dear Friends,
preservation of the environ- ed 180,000 acres of reservoirs I would like the unions to I am writing to ask you to support my friend, the next
ment are major issues to and lakes, and 12,000 miles of think about this PolyMet mine. Secretary of State of Minnesota -- Mark Ritchie. Mark is the
Minnesotans. When they go streams and rivers. Estimated If the mine operates for 25 endorsed Democratic Party candidate. I am honored to join the
head to head, we must decide cleanup of these polluted years, is 25 years of employ- thousands of Minnesotans who are supporting Mark in this race.
which is more important. waterways will cost taxpayers ment more important then a I had the privilege of serving as Minnesota’s Secretary of
This copper mine is pro- between $32-$72 billion. thousand years of cleaning up State from 1975 to 1999. It was a time of great change in our
posed for south of Babbitt on Clean up costs don’t stimulate sulfuric acid in the St. Louis state and elections. Minnesota was behind many states in voter
the Partridge River in the the economy, they hurt it. and Lake Superior? Let’s turnout when I took office. We were number one when I left.
Superior National Forest, not PolyMet wants to locate the bump ahead to your great, I am most proud of the respect that Minnesotans held for the
far from the Boundary Waters. mine on top of 1200 acres of great, great grandchild’s time office -- a reflection on the non-partisan and open approach we
The Partridge flows into the wetlands. PolyMet has chosen and ask him what he thinks. took to administering our election laws. No one worried about
St. Louis River and then into Floodwood to replace the wet- You can hear his mom saying, the fairness of voting in Minnesota. Sadly, this is no longer the
Lake Superior. The waste lands. I hear a lot of “ It’s ok you can’t swim or fish case. Minnesotans worry the Office of the Secretary of State
product of a copper mine is has become partisan -- working to help some, but not all, of the
sulfuric acid. The sulfur in the voters. This erosion in trust in our elections cannot be ignored.
ore will continually react with I am happy that Mark Ritchie has entered this race to restore
air and water to form sulfuric integrity and trust to this important office. His 20 years of expe-
acid for thousands of years to rience in non-partisan voter registration and civic engagement
come. Once sulfuric acid are excellent preparation for both the work of the office and for
enters a water system, it can returning nonpartisanship to Minnesota’s elections.
turn into a biological waste- Before Mark can get started turning around this office we
land. Fish can’t live with bat- have to help him get elected. I am writing today to ask you to
tery acid in their water. join me in supporting Mark. The contribution you make today -
Sulfuric acid isn’t easy to - which you can do by going to www.markritchie06.net and
contain. One mining consult- clicking on “Contribute” -- will help to ensure that Minnesota
does not become the Florida of 2000 or Ohio of 2004.
~NOTICE~ I know there are many requests coming to you in this busy
political season. This race is special because it affects us all. If
Next issues of Labor World we do not have fair elections in Minnesota it will not be possi-
are Sept. 13 & 27, ble to move our state forward again.
Oct. 11 & 25, Nov. 8 & Joan Anderson Growe
21, Dec. 6 & 20.
Known office of publication
2002 London Road, Room 110
Consumers’ rights trampled Remember GOP scam in Nov.
Duluth, MN 55812 Editor: When it comes to greed few can surpass Republican leaders.
(218) 728-4469 Proposed legislation that would have given Minnesota con- Consider the minimum wage. U.S. Senate Democrats
FAX: (218) 724-1413 sumers dealing with customer service centers around the world attempted to block an estate tax cut, which would have helped
firstname.lastname@example.org the “right to know” whom they are speaking with, and where only the wealthiest. Republicans wanted to link that cut to a
www.laborworld.org they are located, was recently defeated in the Minnesota House minimum wage increase, which shows their sympathies.
Owned by Unions affiliated with the of Representatives. This legislation was blocked by Republican The minimum wage is $5.15/hour. Maybe folks like House
Duluth AFL-CIO Central Labor Body House leaders who put the special interests of corporate giants, Ways & Means Chair Bill Thomas (R-CA) should try living on
credit card companies, and financial institutions ahead of pro- it. Tom DeLay too, who’s linked to Mr. Lobby, Jack Abramoff,
tecting consumers from possible identity theft. who could be one of yours if you have a few million to spend.
Periodical Postage The Communication Workers of America Minnesota State The idea was to raise the minimum wage to $7.25/hour over
Paid Duluth, MN Council introduced a bill giving consumers the “right to know” three years--the first minimum wage increase in nine years. But
Larry Sillanpa, Editor/Manager where a company has located their call centers. If a consumer is Thomas packaged permanent estate tax cuts with them. It would
Deborah Skoglund, Bookkeeper uncomfortable giving personal information (credit card, social have reduced our federal tax revenue by $268 billion over the
Published 24 times per year security number, etc.) to someone located outside of our coun- next decade, adding to our ever-increasing deficit!
Subscriptions: $22 Annually try, then the consumer would have the option to ask that they be U.S. Senator Bill Frist, (R-TN) supports the estate tax cut
POSTMASTER: transferred to a worker in America. and wants to be our next president. Count on Frist to bring it
Send address changes to: As American companies continue to outsource customer back. The responsible thing is to let a minimum wage increase
2002 London Rd., Room 110 service centers overseas, it is becoming increasingly more stand alone, and have an up or down vote on it. But that will
Duluth, MN 55812 important for Minnesota consumers to closely protect their per- have to wait, until after the November elections.
Board of Directors sonal information. Identity theft is on the rise and U.S. laws do Frist, Thomas & Co. failed June 8 in the Senate by 3 votes
President/Treas. Mikael Sundin, not pertain if your identity is stolen in a foreign country. even though Thomas had packed the bill with lots of goodies to
Painters & Allied Trades 106; For the record, the DFL leadership in the Minnesota Senate get those 3 votes. George J. Kourpias, president of the Alliance
V.P. Paul Iverson, BMWED 1710; allowed this legislation to be voted on. It passed with a margin for Retired Americans, said blocking the bill was a matter of
Sec. Marlys Wisch, CWA 7214; of 63-1, receiving strong bipartisan support. economic and social justice.
Jim Walters, Plumbers & Steam- This fall when you cast your votes, please remember that the Frist, Thomas & Co. should link the minimum wage increase
fitters 11; Tom Selinski, IBEW Democratic party is the political party that is watching out for to their pay raises: no pay increases for them until they raise the
242; Laurie Johnson, AFSCME your personal interests while attempting to rebuild the
Co. 5; Lynette Swanberg, MN
minimum wage. It won’t happen, but it does reflect the anger
Nurses; Mike Kuitu, Operating
American job base. many of us feel about those elitists. In November, they could
Engineers 49; Al LaFrenier, Kenneth L. Cusick, Executive-VP, CWA Local 7214 learn just that. How many of them will file for unemployment?
UNITE HERE! Joint Board Duluth, MN John DeRosier, Eau Claire, WI
LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006 PAGE 5
When Eliot Seide decides to “talk union” it’s a good idea to listen
It started out as a discussion says there are still too many noon on Wednesday, Sept. 13 York and throughout nation as 2006.
among AFSCME Local 3801 fair share workers on campus. in the Kirby Student Center a Business Agent, Legislative Seide has a Bachelor of
members, clerical and techni- This region does far better Ballroom. Director and International Arts from New York Univer-
cal employees of the Univer- than public unions nationally Eliot Seide is the first exec- Area Director. He serves on sity, and a Master of Arts from
sity of Minnesota Duluth, on the issue, however. For utive director of the recently HealthPartners’ Board of the University of Toronto. He
about how to get more fair example, the National Asso- created AFSCME Council 5, Directors, the Minnesota AFL- has completed all his course
share employees involved in ciation of Letter Carriers which built power for its CIO Executive Board, and was work towards his Ph.D. with a
the union. Zenith Branch 114 has only 43,000 members with the elected as an AFSCME Inter- major in political science and a
In the public sector each one fair share employee, Steve merger of three Minnesota national Vice President in
worker can decide whether to Merrill, who gets his name councils, including Council
be a part of the union that cov-
ers their work or not. Even if
listed in each issue of the
96, which had been Duluth-
based. Seide has spent 28
Duluth Building Trades
they choose not to join the
union, they get the union ben-
AFSCME 3801 decided to
have a public discussion about
years working for AFSCME
members in Minnesota, New
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LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006 PAGE 7
Have a safe and enjoyable
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PAGE 8 LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006
Determined Plumber convinces Int’l Union to back single-payer health
By Mark Gruenberg $250,000 to $75,000. pointed out to Plumbers that their elected representatives needs the churches, too. 0“I
PAI Staff Writer Literally, Love said, with non-union contractors--who repeatedly and forcefully,” tell them: ‘No man can look
SAVANNAH--Jack Love’s changes like that, Plumbers don’t provide health care-- Oswego Local 73 Business you in the eye and tell you
members were upset. Raises had to “stay home and die” were underbidding union con- Manager David DeCaire said. Jesus Christ won’t support
disappeared. Out-of-pocket rather than go to the hospital if tractors, costing UA members “They must help lay the national health insurance.’
costs skyrocketed. The bal- they had heart attacks, given and UA members their jobs. groundwork for change in You claim to be a Christian,
ance in the union’s health the costs of care. Not only that, but when Washington, D.C., and they but if you don’t do anything
fund skidded to $167,000. Business Agents in Canada uninsured workers and their must be prepared for a long about this, you’re a liar,” Love
Visits to the emergency room told Love of organizations in families came from out of state and difficult fight,” with a says. “The churches have got
cost them a $100. The insurer the U.S. that advocated gov- to Georgia and got ill, local GOP-run Congress and the to get involved. It’s a human,
wanted more money. ernment-run single-payer health facilities, paid for by powerful health insurers. public issue.”
Whenever Love, Business health care. The more he local property taxes, or federal Love says single-payer
Manager of Plumbers Local probed, the more he liked it. programs, paid for by all tax-
188 in Savannah, Ga., and a Three points were especial- payers, took care of them.
trustee of its health insurance ly attractive, Love said: Cost,
universality and affordability.
It’s those same impacts--
including competition from
It has been my pleasure to serve working
fund, had to give them the bad
news, he had to face brickbats. That last one helped him sell it non-union, non-insured com- families in the Minnesota Senate.
“There’s got to be a better
way than this,” he thought.
to Plumbers in New York, after
he assembled an 18-page
petitors--that drove the USW
and particularly the UAW to Please go the polls on
Love’s problems in paying
for health insurance for mem-
booklet and faxed it to every
Plumber’s local in the country,
back Conyers’ bill. UAW has
recently said it all by pointing
Tuesday, Sept. 12
bers led him to researching and followed up with calls.
“In New York City, they’re
out that now more cars are
made in Ontario--which has
and Tuesday, Nov. 7,
alternatives to the present
employer-based health care paying $12 an hour for health Canada’s government-run and vote for candidates
system and then turning him-
self into a one-man campaign
care coverage. The Canadians
pay $86 a month for a single
national health care system--
than in next-door Michigan. that will help maintain
for single-payer government-
run national health care.
person, $96 for a couple and
$106 for families. And they
USW Pres. Leo Gerard, a
Canadian, never tires of com-
the middle-class in
On August 9, at his United have no deductibles and no co- paring the quality of coverage- America, for it is the
Association union’s Las Vegas
convention he succeeded.
pays. We pay twice as much
in a week as the Canadians pay
-and cost--that his daughter,
who lives in Ontario, gets to middle-class that is the
The UA, which has
219,800 members, became the
in a month,” he says.
At the convention, nobody
the coverage his union must
battle for in bargaining.
engine that drives us
fourth AFL-CIO union to disagreed and the endorsement
passed by voice vote.Love
Despite success with the
UA, Love realizes union sup-
toward prosperity for all.
endorse single-payer govern-
ment-run national health care-
-Medicare for all--advocated Still no MN
port alone will not be enough
to achieve single-payer health Senator Becky Lourey
care. And unions are not unit-
by Rep. John Conyers (D-
Mich.) as HR 676. HR 676 backers ed behind Conyers’ bill. Have a Great Labor Day!
The UA joins Steelworkers, As much as Minnesota is The AFL-CIO Executive Paid for by Lourey for Senate, Rosanne Haynes, Treasurer, Holyoke, MN
Auto Workers and the Long- considered a progressive state Council, at its August meeting
shore and Warehouse Union in on social issues, there is no in Chicago, called single-
backing Conyers’ legislation. one in the Minnesota Congres- payer one way, but not the
“We saw the balance in our sional delegation that is on only one, to achieve universal
THE VOICE OF LABOR -
health insurance trust fund board with Rep. John Conyers health care coverage, in the
going down from $4 million to (D-MI) single-payer health next Congress. It’s given up
$167,000--in two years,” Love care bill, H.R. 676. on this GOP-run Congress.
said. That crash forced the
local to arrange for a backup
It has 75 congressional co-
sponsors and been endorsed
SEIU Pres. Andrew Stern,
whose union, part of Change may it ring loud and
bank loan, just in case--a dis-
tasteful move. Out-of-pocket
by 171 union organizations
including 38 Central Labor
to Win, has a million health
care workers, says single- clear in November
deductible for family coverage Councils, including Duluth, payer government-run health
skyrocketed to $7,000, and the and Area Labor Federations care is not the way to go.
cap on yearly payments for and four state AFL-CIO’s (KY, To pass HR 676 unionists
any individual collapsed from PA, CT & OH). “must express their views to
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Best Wishes for a Happy
and Enjoyable Labor Day!
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...to all people, who, by their labors, have
worked to make and keep America great!
United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1116
Steve Gilbertson, President
LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006 PAGE 9
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A Kontny family history lesson is in order for the University of Wisconsin
Construction work on area the company was violating the months in prison and fined a University. UWS has $75 mil- Warf Office Bldg, 610 Walnut
schools, especially institutions employees’ right to organize. total of $110,000 for what U.S. lion in construction slated in St., Madison, WI 53726.
of higher learning, has gener- On August 25, 1995, the District Court Judge John C the next four years. She’s said UW must take
ally been very good for mem- U.S. District Court agreed Shabaz called a “sophisticated But for now he said UW the low bid. The University is
bers of Building Trades with the unions against the scheme” to defraud the federal Facilities Management and an equal opportunity employer
Unions. Most jobs are covered Kontnys. government of taxes. Ken, Angela Zar, who made the too, which must make the
by Project Labor Agreements Then Wisconsin Attorney who the judge charged with decision to hire KBK, need to Kontnys happy. Don’t it stir
and problems are ironed out General James E. Doyle, the perjury at one point, blamed hear from residents. She can your Badger pride watching
before they progress too far. current governor, found the his wife for everything. He be reached at 608-263-3031, your tax dollars at work?
That makes pickets by company owed employees was accused of threatening by fax at 265-3139, or 985
Plumbers & Steamfitters about $300,000 in back pay employees lives in the past too
Local 11 at the University of and punitive damages for not The Kontny’s Tri-State
Wi s c o n s i n - S u p e r i o r ’s paying prevailing wages or Mechanical disappeared but
Wessman Arena a rare site on overtime. Charges were limit- its offspring, KBK Services
a campus. It only gets worse. ed to only two years by the and Chris Kontny, are doing
Officials on Madison’s statute of limitations. Then business and earning Wiscon-
main campus decided to be the Ken Kontny asked employees sin taxpayers’ money at
general contractor on the proj- to reimburse him for use of UWS’s Wessman Arena.
ect. That’s very unusual. Then company trucks ($6 an hour), A union contractor’s bid
they let the mechanical bid to travel and tools, advance was $6,000 over KBK’s. The
KBK Services, owned by wages, and loans. His efforts union contractor offered to
Chris Kontny. The name ring to force employees to return take $6,000 off his bid.
any bells? wages were Class E felonies Mike Rydberg, Business
The Kontny family has punishable by $10,000 fines Rep. for P&SF #11, said pick-
quite a history in the region. At and/or two years in jail on eters are getting great support.
one time the business was each count. “Benna Ford owner Pat
called Shorty & Sons, a union The U.S. Forest Service Ringle is cancelling a car show
mechanical contractor in refused to allow the Kontnys there,” said Rydberg, “and Mike Rydberg, Chad Bodin, and Ed Mickendrow of Plum-
Superior. Then a son, Ken, to bid on the Ashland Visitor’s Kari has one coming.” bers & Steamfitters Local 11 are staffing a picket along
started a non-union firm, Tri- Center. KBK Service bids Rydberg said unions will be with other members of the Northern Wisconsin Building
State Mechanical based in were thrown out on other jobs. trying to get Project Labor Trades Council at UWS’s Wessman Arena against KBK
Ashland, that ran afoul of the On Jan. 12, 2000, a six Agreements drawn up with the Services, part of the notorious Kontny family tree.
law on a number of charges in count indictment was returned
the mid-1990s. After being by a Madison federal grand
barred from bidding on some jury against Ken Kontny and
projects for his transgressions,
Ken Kontny started another
his wife, JoAnn, for activities
that may have gone on for 20 A Labor Day salute
firm, KBK Services. Chris years. Their scams filled their
Kontny is Ken’s son. pockets with overtime pay at
In the mid-1990s Plumbers
& Steamfitters Local 11 and
Sheetmetal Workers Local 10
straight time, Social Security,
and Medicare tax fraud.
On May 10, 2000, Ken, 50,
to our affiliated unions
waged a battle with the and JoAnn, 49, were found
Kontnys after Tri-State work-
ers called the unions to organ-
ize. During the organizing
guilty in U.S. District Court of
conspiring to file false tax
returns and filing false tax
including AFSCME, ATU,
campaign union officials, and returns for their business.
then the National Labor
Relations Board, found that
On July 26, 2000 the cou-
ple was sentenced to 59 CWA, IAM & MNA
L abor D ay... for organizing more than
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LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006 PAGE 11
Working for the minimum wage isn’t about living, it’s about dying
By Joan Linski, member, only one of us will eat at the while. Eventually those things where I am today. Some of the next time some Republican
UNITE HERE Local 99 salad bar for the next week and stopped working for me. you work in the labor move- boasts about keeping wages
I’ve been working for 31 we’ll sneak out food for the Several years ago, my ment, others work in politics, low you might want to remind
years, 29 as an adult. other. That’s what it cost to nephew said if the federal min- some of you volunteer for pro- them of something Abraham
In 1977 at the age of 18 I take one day off from my imum wage had increased at grams around the city to bring Lincoln once said: “All that
found myself in Las Vegas housekeeping job in order to the same rate as the postage awareness to the public on serves labor serves the nation.
with a broken down truck and look for a better job. stamp it would be around $11 how these issues affect our All that harms is treason. If a
a $2 roll of nickles. My I never did find a better job an hour. If that is true, the min- lives. The work you’re doing man tells you he loves
boyfriend and I went to the because the union rep sent me imum wage should actually be is making people’s lives bet- America, yet hates labor, he is
Showboat Casino, plugged out on cocktail waitressing around $12 an hour. A single ter--I’m living proof of that. a liar....There is no America
those nickles into a slot interviews even though I had person can live pretty well on Keep pushing to raise the without labor, and to fleece
machine and won enough to asked for housekeeping or that kind of money if they’re federal minimum wage and one is to rob the other.”
pay for a night’s stay at the serving assistant positions. I reasonably responsible. But
U.S. Motel down the street. had to be 21 to waitress in Las for anyone to live on the mini-
The next morning I ap- Vegas. I couldn’t lie about my mum wage, well, that’s not liv-
pealed to the motel owner to age because they ran a back- ing, that’s dying from exhaus-
help me find a job cleaning ground checks. The Golden tion and hopelessness.
rooms. Anything, anywhere--it Nugget manager didn’t under- I lived throughout the
didn’t matter to me as long as stand why I was there for a country for 15 years. When I
I could earn enough money to waitress interview when the moved back to Duluth in 1992,
keep a roof over our heads. rep knew I was 18. I got a job at Porter’s Restau-
That was the beginning of a The frustration and anger I rant. I finally got that union
long and painful struggle with experienced at being treated job I’d been looking for! My
economic survival and the with such disrespect was com- life got better and I learned a
hopeless, grinding poverty that pounded by the realization that lot from being in my union.
earning the minimum wage I had just given a union my I know Democrats in Min-
kept me in for many years. hard-earned money and they nesota have worked long and
Throughout the summer had done nothing for me. I hard on behalf of waitresses to
and into the fall of 1977, I couldn’t go back to the union make sure we get paid an
worked as a housekeeper at the and give the woman a piece of hourly wage instead of tip Joan Linski received hugs from Amy Klobuchar and
Monie Marie Motel for a my mind or try to get my credit. I’d like to thank them Congressman Jim Oberstar after telling her story about her
Chinese couple who treated money back. There just wasn’t for that, because if I didn’t get early life as a minimum wage worker.
me very well. I cleaned 16 to time. I had to get back to work minimum wage I wouldn’t
18 rooms a day, 6 days a week,
8 hours a day for $2.30 an
and try to figure something
have a savings account.
Seven weeks ago, I fell and
This Holiday and All Year...
hour. After taxes, I took home This is how the cycle goes. tore a ligament which put me Please Patronize Businesses...
about $80 a week which paid When a person is struggling to out of work for about a week.
for a room in a motel, a month- survive every little thing that Although I didn’t receive com- that support your Union Sisters and
ly bus pass, two packs of ciga- happens, whether it is positive pensation for my time off, I Brothers of UNITE HERE! Local 99
rettes a day, the salad bar at the or negative, is a big deal. I was still able to pay my bills
Showboat Hotel and Casino eventually did get out of Las because I have a savings Hotels and Inns
and not much else. Forget Vegas. I left the boyfriend account. I was able to see a
behind somewhere out West doctor because I have afford- Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Radisson Duluth
about saving money. There 200 W 1st St, Duluth, MN 505 W Superior St, Duluth, MN
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union hotel. In those days you spirit was broken. There was a example on the tip credit. 283-8000 The Lodge
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Democrats frustrated over inability to get minimum wage increase
While Joan Linski was dance. She wasn’t the only one how (life on the minimum unions, labor continues to bat- paign she finds people even in
telling her story about life as a there to have lived through dif- wage) affects so many peo- tle for minimum wage workers conservative areas concerned
minimum wage worker (oppo- ficult years, but she was the ple,” Duluth AFL-CIO Central who have not have a wage about low wages, increasing
site page) you could feel a only one with the courage to Labor Body President Alan increase for nine years. costs, and health care.
shared pain in a quiet Well- tell her story. Netland told her when she fin- “It won’t happen in a “We’ve got $90 billion tax
stone Hall August 18 among “We appreciate your hon- ished. Republican Congress,” shelters being paid for by wait-
the three dozen or so in atten- esty and helping us realize After hugs from U.S. Oberstar said about a mini- resses in Virginia, and other
Senate candidate Amy mum wage increase. “We giveaways to the rich being
Cal. to raise minimum to $8 Klobuchar and Congressman
Jim Oberstar, he thanked
Democrats have tried all the
devices available to us and we
paid for by minimum wage
workers who work nine hours
(PAI)--At the rate the nation’s 50 states are going, the GOP-
run Congress may well finish last in raising the minimum wage. Linski for having the courage can’t get our bills reported out to fill the 15 gallon gas tank in
The latest, and the largest, to plan to do so is California. The to show the pain and soul of of committee, we can’t get a their truck,” Klobuchar said.
hike will benefit 1.4 million workers. the minimum wage because it hearing!” “The average CEO earns more
In another illustration of the potency of the issue in an elec- is too often reduced to an aca- He said Republicans were before lunch on their first day
tion year, GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger agreed to raise the demic exercise. more interested in securing an of work in the year, than the
wage to $8 an hour by 2008. The state minimum wage is now Oberstar spoke of the 200 average of $1.3 million in average wage earner will earn
$6.75. The federal minimum is $5.15 and the GOP-run year battle in America to estate tax cut savings for 7,800 all year. Yet low-and middle-
Congress in Washington has refused to raise it for a decade. establish a 10 hour day, then rich Americans than they were income workers are the engine
Schwarzenegger agreed to the hike after vetoing two previ- another 25 year fight to get to about helping 14 million mini- that is supposed to drive our
ous minimum wage increases, state fed Secretary-Treasurer Art an 8 hour day but when labor mum wage workers, 135,000 economy. We need to increase
Pulaski said in late August. The governor got one small win: finally had enough in the of them in Minnesota. the minimum wage!”
Indexing the minimum wage to inflation was dropped. 1930s, radical ideas like over- “We need Amy Klobuchar Minnesota State Rep. Mary
Pulaski called it “not fair” that workers “had to wait for an time pay, vacations, and health in the U.S. Senate to say no to Murphy asked Oberstar to
election year” to get the raise. “Schwarzenegger has become care started to become reality poison pills (when we bring a make sure Minnesota law on
just another politician by turning the minimum wage into a for workers. Yet with all the minimum wage bill to the tip credit isn’t subverted by
political football," he added. The state fed backs improvements that have been floor),” Oberstar said to cheers federal law. “Use Minnesota’s
Schwarzenegger’s Democratic foe, state official Phil Angelides. made in the lives of workers Klobuchar said as she has law as national model,” she
through organizing into traveled the state in her cam- said. “I give my tip for the
This Economic Policy Institute Minimum Wage Issue Guide shows as of last week, 22 states service, not to let an owner
have more money.”
and the District of Columbia have raised their minimum wage above the federal level.
2006 State Minimum Wage
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New Jersey 6.15 (will increase to $7.15 on 10/1/06) 7.15 7.15
New York 6.75 7.15 7.15
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LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006 PAGE 13
The Lakes & Plains Region-
al Council of Carpenters
held their annual appren-
ticeship contest in Proctor at
the South St. Louis County
Fair Aug. 12.
Duluth’s Pat Lowry of
Carpenter’s Local 361, top
photo, finished first in his
division. Lowry and other
make cedar picket tables
that are raffled off to people
who attend the fair. It’s one
of the “don’t miss” events
for many who attend annu-
ally, hoping to win one of
the beautiful tables.
Millwrights Local 1348’s
Ron Staskivigel of Grand
Rapids, bottom photo, took
second place in the School opens next week,
Bosch came through again
for participants by donating
Please Drive Safely!
circular saws, cords and tool
bags to each of the appren-
tices, many of whom come a
Labor Day Greetings
long way to compete in the
contest. from the
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PAGE 14 LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006
Public schools win again with test scores
WASHINGTON (PAI)--In down those that are not work- grader in math was 5.8 points
a surprise for the charter ing. With charter schools in lower than the average public
school movement, test scores many states operating virtually noncharter school mean.
for 4th-grade students in free- unchecked, and because con- “After adjusting for multi-
standing charter schools lag version to a charter school is a ple student characteristics, the
significantly behind scores for possible sanction through the difference in means was 4.7
public school students, a new federal No Child Left Behind points,” it said. Again, the
federal Education Department Act, policymakers should take kids who lagged were in char-
report says. Scores for stu- note of these findings,” ter schools not linked with a
dents in charter schools linked McElroy added. public school district.
to public school districts have Bush’s NCLB law envi- • And in math, there was a
“insignificant differences” sioned charters as one of the significant difference, the A tribute to all
from scores for the public alternatives to “failing” public researchers said, in mean of Duluth Labor in
school students, it adds. schools and set up the law to scores for all charter school
The findings, released
August 23 by the National
ensure many public schools
would flunk. The law’s back-
kids and all public school kids
in the central cities with high
Center for Education ers, many of them foes of pub- minority populations--and the observance of this
Statistics, did not surprise lic schools and teachers, also public school kids’ scores
American Federation of pushed taxpayer-paid vouch- were higher. hallowed day!
Teachers President Ed ers for parents of private Spellings chose a more-
McElroy. He noted an AFT school students as an alterna- optimistic outlook, as Bush’s STATE REPRESENTATIVE
study two years before found
much the same results.
Meanwhile, Bush Educa-
tive to public schools.
The study of 150 charter
schools and 6,764 public
law comes up for renewal next
year. She emphasized the char-
ters’ newness. “We need to
tion Secretary Margaret Spell-
ings tried to view the data on
the bright side, noting the
schools found that:
• The average charter
school mean score for a fourth
examine how they improve
student performance over time
for a better picture of how they
charter school movement is in grader in reading was 5.2 compare to traditional public District 7B--AFL-CIO & DFL Endorsed
its infancy. points lower than the average schools,” she said. Charters PLEASE VOTE SEPT. 12 & NOV.7
The report is important public noncharter school “empower low-income par-
because AFT has argued that mean. “After adjusting for ents…in areas where tradition- Paid for by the Jaros Volunteer Committee, 3108 Minnesota Ave., Duluth, MN 55802
charters should be viewed not multiple student characteris- al public schools have fallen
as a replacement for public tics, the difference in means short of their responsibilities,”
schools, but as “laboratories was 4.2 points,” the study said. she added.
for innovation,” with what Virtually all of the differ- “These results are incon-
works best being taken from ence was in charter schools venient for charter school pro-
them and used in both sys- “not...affiliated with a public ponents,” McElroy pointed
tems, as McElroy put it. school district.” There were out. “Charter supporters can’t
“Charter supporters should “no significant differences” in just keep moving the goalpost
not be blinded by ideology. It mean reading scores for char- when they don’t like the
only weakens the original ter school and public school results. Their ‘see no evil’ atti-
intent of the charter experi- kids in central cities with high tude ultimately hurts the char-
ment. It is time to learn what minority populations. ter movement.” The Labor Movement...
we can from the few success- • The average charter
ful charter schools and shut school mean score for a fourth Duluth, Superior, Northern
Minnesota, Northern Wisconsin
AND TO ALL AMERICAN
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!
Carpenters Local 361, serving northern Minnesota and north-
western Wisconsin, salutes the working men and women of
America who have made this nation such a great one.
We also send our thanks to all U.S. Military Personnel and their PAINTERS, GLAZIERS and
families who work so hard to perserve this Great Nation!
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LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006 PAGE 15
Unionist Tasini challenges
Hillary Clinton in NY Primary Enjoy Your Well-Deserved Holiday
NEW YORK (PAI)--Jonathan Tasini doesn’t shy away
from battling big wheels in New York. First it was The New Your days of labor number in the hundreds in a
York Times. Now it’s Hillary Rodham Clinton. Tasini, National
Writers Union president from 1990-2003, makes no bones
about why he opposes the nationally known Democratic sena- year's time. Enjoy this long weekend with your
tor in New York’s Sept. 12 primary: Her stand on the Iraq war.
“I believe this war should never have happened,” the
Manhattan resident told a reporter for NY1, a public-access
family and take in the Duluth
cable channel. “Something is amiss in our country, and pro-
war, pro-corporate Democrats must be held accountable for AFL-CIO Central Body's
their votes and their actions.” Clinton voted for the use-of-force
authorization pushed by GOP President George W. Bush and Labor Day Picnic at our
refuses to say she was misled or her vote was wrong.
Clinton won a first term in 2000, as her husband was
preparing to move out of the White House. Pundits and poll-
sters expect her to coast to re-election this fall and then seek the
presidency in 2008. She has millions of dollars in her campaign Festival Park.
coffers. As of early August, Tasini had $132,000. But he also
has 13 percent of the vote in pre-primary polls, the example of
businessman Ned Lamont’s primary win over pro-war Sen. You've earned it.
Joseph Lieberman (D) in next-door Connecticut, and the boos
Clinton got from some progressives at a Washington conference
this year for her stand. Tasini flyers were distributed there.
Regardless of whether he wins or loses, Tasini is part of a
movement the AFL-CIO favors: Getting individual union mem-
bers involved in politics, not just as campaign workers, but as
candidates. But nobody expected this.
Tasini managed to meet New York’s notoriously strict and
Labor Day 2006...a small reward
detailed requirements by garnering 40,000 signatures Working men and women are the greatest resource this country
statewide--he needed 15,000--to get on the primary ballot
against Clinton. His poll showing indicates he may be her only has. They are the reason for the incredible progress this nation has
viable foe this year. The Republicans had two virtually made. We’re working to see that they’re rewarded for their efforts.
unknown hopefuls running in their primary--until one pulled
out on August 21, due to a family crisis. “
Tasini insists he’s not just campaigning on the war, though from the con A goo
goo act wi
that is his top issue. Tasini has also made Medicare for All--a
government-run single-payer health care system--a key issue membership
Clinton ignores Tasini on the campaign trail. But the chal-
of goo d unio th a
lenger has a prior win against another Empire State icon: The d bu n
Times. As NWU president--NWU is Auto Workers Local ~Jo sine is
1981--Tasini was lead plaintiff in an electronic publishing rights
suit that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2001
over whether freelance writers had any control or rights to their
IBEW Form hn Du
nlop . ”
Secr .S. Lab
material after they sent it to major publications, such as the
nation’s leading paper. Tasini won. The justices ruled that, elec-
tronically, media firms illegally used the works of the free-
Local 31 etar
lancers without their permission or pay. Their decision pro- Proud to be celebrating over a century of supporting workers
duced class-action suits by other freelancers and a mass settle-
ment, creating an $18 million compensation fund. Representing workers at:
Jonathan Tasini is also president of the Economic Future Arrowhead Electric Cooperative Crow Wing Cooperative Power & Light
Group, a national consulting group. His bio says he is a strate- Lutsen, MN Brainerd, MN
gist, organizer, activist, commentator and writer, primarily
focusing his energies on the topics of work, labor and the econ- Bayfield Electric Co-op Itasca Mantrap Cooperative Electric Assn.
omy. He has an excellent blog at www.workinglife.org. Iron River, Wl Park Rapids, MN
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Brainerd, MN (formerly Aquila) Cloquet, MN
overtime pay, and vacations to name a few,
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brought to us by the Labor movement. Moose Lake, MN Duluth, MN
Andrew & Bransky PA City of Staples - Water & Light Commission
City of Two Harbors - Water & Light Dept.
Public Utility Commission of Aitkin
Public Utility Commission of Proctor
Tim Andrew ~ Aaron Bransky Two Harbors, MN
City of Wadena - Electric Water Dept.
Superior Water, Light & Power
Representing Unions and their Members Wadena, MN Superior, WI
302 W. Superior St. Suite 300 Cooperative Light & Power Assn. of Todd-Wadena Electric Co-op
Duluth, MN 55802 218-722-1764 Lake County ~~ Two Harbors, MN Wadena, MN
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When Others Won’t...KOLAR Will Colin Hayes
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4781 Miller Trunk Hwy., Duluth, MN Recording Secretary Business Agent
James McManigle Barry Johnson
If you’re thinking big, you’ll
Tim Little was raised by two
public school teachers, Rev.
Tom and Betty Jo Little.
He is deeply committed to
continuing his family’s
legacy of public service.
A Duluth Central, UMD, and
North Dakota School of Law
graduate, Tim has served Mower
County as a prosecutor, been a
partner in two Duluth law firms,
and had his own practice here. He is a past president
of the Duluth Trial Lawyers Association.
Tim is currently an At-Large Duluth Councilor,
Vice President of the Duluth Economic Develop-
ment Authority, a board member of the 1200 Fund
and St. Scholastica’s Pre-Law Advisory Program.
Tim Little has the education,
experience, and commitment to
service that is required of a judge.
Voters will decide who has the seat
this time, not Gov. Pawlenty.
Tim L6th District
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LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006 PAGE 17
Ditchview, MN.....from page 4 Tuesday, Sept. 12 Primary. See
how easy that’ll be? Take a
lem with Becky using a musician and I love the blues. few minutes and get to the
non-union electrician friend MN Secretary of State: polls, please. Help continue
for her company’s job, but this Mark Ritchie inspires me like the fine Minnesota tradition of
is my message vote for pro- no one since Paul Wellstone giving a damn about what will
Enjoy Labor Day gressive women in leadership
roles in Minnesota, which
has. He exudes trust and a
sense that he’d always do the
happen to you in our represen-
tative form of government.
It’s brought to you by unionists doesn’t happen. I don’t think right thing, politics can take
who had to fight to get it for you! she’ll win, which makes me
hope Hatch is our next
the back seat. In a few years I
want him in the Governor’s Voting Info:
Governor, because damn we Mansion, the U.S. Senate or Basic requirements:
need a change! I’ll enjoy vot- House. Any questions —18 by Sept. 12, 2006;
ing for Hatch on Nov. 7 but (www.markritchie06.net)? —lived in Minnesota for 20
I’m going with my heart now. Minnesota Senate District days prior to the election;
Minnesota Attorney 8: While we’re talking —U.S. citizen 3 months;
General: Three names will “Lourey” the vote here goes to Absentee or election day
appear but you only need to Becky’s son, Tony Lourey, registrants, or to change
know Steve Kelley’s who is the AFL-CIO and DFL- address, must present:
Bricklayers and Allied (www.kelleyforattorneygener-
al.org) name to move on. The
endorse candidate. As a first-
time candidate facing a big
• MN driver’s license,
learner’s permit, ID card;
Craftworkers Local State Senator from Hopkins
ran in the Governor’s race
city (Cloquet) boy in this rural
race, Tony will need your vote
• Tribal ID;
• If the MN license, Tribal
Union #1 of Minnesota until he didn’t receive the DFL to advance. ID, or MN State ID has former
address, bring it AND a recent
and North Dakota endorsement that went to
Mike Hatch. Though I wasn’t
St. Louis Co. Board/Dist.
1: I’ve known Dennis Fink utility bill;
2002 London Road • 724-8374 a Kelley for Governor sup- longer than just about all of • U.S. passport AND a util-
porter I felt bad when he you and can’t believe he’s still ity bill;
bowed out of the race because getting elected. He doesn’t • U.S. military photo ID
he’s really a good guy to have come close to who we are as AND a utility bill;
representing us. If I used a northern Minnesotans. Frank • Oath of a registered voter
sympathy vote here it would Jewell does and he deserves in the same precinct (voucher);
go to the Greens’ Papa John your vote. • Students ID, registration,
Kolstad because he’s a blues I think that’s it for the fee statement or voucher.
Enjoy your Labor Day
at a Labor Event in your area!
Remember To Vote For Labor Endorsed Candidates
Tuesdays, Sept. 12 and Nov. 7
Have a Great Holiday!
From the members of
Local Unions “In The Public Service”
in Northern Minnesota include:
#66--City, county, schools, others~~Alan Netland, President
#695--MnDOT~~John McGovern, President
#718--Minnesota DNR~~Darryl Arola, President
#1092--Moose Lake Regional Treatment Center~~Diane Firkus, President
#1123--Two Harbors Municipal~~Gayle Ostman, President
International Brotherhood #1934--St. Louis County Jail Essential~~Dan Marchetti, President
#2980--MN State Agricultural Employees~~Janet Nelson, President
of Electrical Workers #3558--Non-Profits~~Michelle Fremling, President
Local 242 #3801--UMD Clerical & Technical~~Denise Osterholm, President
#3802--Silver Bay Veteran’s Home~~Susan Larson, President
#3887--Moose Lake Corrections~~Lance LaFrenier, President
Please Remember To Vote #4001--MN State Colleges/Universities~~Mary Falk, President
in the Sept. 12 Primary Election Eliot Seide, Executive Director
Mary Theurer, Northern Director Eric Lehto, Organizing Director
and in Nov. 7’s General Election! ~~ UNION REPRESENTATIVES ~~
“Bad officials are the ones elected Marsh Stenersen, Sarah Lewerenz, Ken Loeffler-Kemp,
Laurie Johnson, John Westmoreland, Bob Buckingham
by good citizens who do not vote.”
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Sago survivor sues mine owner Enjoy a safe, well-deserved holiday from your labors,
CHARLESTON, W. Va. (PAI)--The sole survivor of the fatal
Jan. 2 blast in the Sago, W. Va., coal mine, Randal McCloy, sued but get yourself prepared to vote in this fall’s elections
the mine owner and four other companies on August 23, one
day after a federal judge tossed out the Mine Workers’ suit
against the Bush administration on mine safety rules.
from your friends
McCloy and families of two of the blast’s 12 victims filed in the 19 affiliates of the
separate suits in Kanawha County Court in Charleston against
the mine’s owner, ICG, and mining supply firms.
McCloy’s suit said the federal Mine Safety and Health
Iron Range Building & Trades Council
Administration cited Sago more than 200 times in 2005 for Call us, we’ll direct you to high quality
safety violations, including 96 that MSHA called “significant
and substantial.” Sago’s 2005 accident rate was roughly three
times the national average, and mine managers “did not insure
contractors who use skilled, area workers
proper installation of equipment meant to prevent a lightning President John Grahek, 1-218-741-2482
strike” that probably caused the blast, his suit adds.
The Sago explosion was the first of many disasters that have Recording Secretary Dennis Marchetti
claimed the lives of 34 coal miners so far this year. Financial-Secretary Michael Syversrud, 107 S. 15th Ave. W., Virginia, MN. 55792
Investigations have shown that besides the Sago safety viola-
tions, miners were killed by fatal carbon monoxide poisoning,
LABOR DAY 2006
which seeped through “protective” blocks in the mine. The firm
that made the blocks is named in McCloy’s suit.
GOP President George W. Bush’s MSHA is not part of
McCloy’s case. The Mine Workers sued it for failures of This Labor Day let us reflect on those who withheld their labor in order to win
enforcement earlier this year, demanding periodic emergency an 8-hour work day for us, on those who demanded and won a “Union Shop”
training for miners and periodic checks of the emergency oxy- contract, paid vacations, health care coverage, pensions, and improved safety.
gen units that mine owners are supposed to provide for miners.
U.S. District Judge John D. Bates in Charleston threw out These Election Days--Sept. 12 and Nov. 7, 2006--let’s remember those who sup-
the UMW case August 22. He said the Mine Safety & Health port and vote for similar provisions today, and those who mouth support, wrap
Act leaves standards to federal MSHA discretion. “The loss of themselves in the flag, and then vote against us time after time on these issues.
lives, and the risks miners presently face, weigh heavily in pub-
lic discourse and are taken seriously by this court. But the "All that serves labor serves the Nation. All that harms is treason. If a man
tragedy of those events, and the need for greater protection tells you that he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If a man tells you
described by plaintiff, cannot substitute for the requirements of he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool. There is no America without
the law," Bates wrote.
Mine Workers spokesman Phil Smith said union lawyers are labor, and to fleece the one is to rob the other." ~Abraham Lincoln
still studying Bates’ ruling before deciding whether to appeal.
But he noted the changes the suit sought--frequent inspections We cannot allow those who wrap
of the emergency oxygen units and “more training in real-life themselves in the flag and say they love
situations” for miners--are already being ordered by MSHA.
At their request, the union represented McCoy and the fam- this country, but vote against Labor on
ilies of the other miners during investigations of the blast at the issue after issue, to receive our vote.
non-union mine. The union is not part of the families’ civil suits
against the mine owner and the other firms, Smith said.
SHEET METAL WORKERS LOCAL 10
We’ll all enjoy our Labor Day Holiday!
Twin Ports-Arrowhead Chapter
APi Electric Benson Electric Kantor Electric
Hibbing, MN Virginia MN International Falls, MN
APi Electric Bergstrom Electric Laveau Electric
Duluth, MN Superior, WI Wrenshall, MN
APi Technologies DECO, Inc M. J. Electric
Duluth, MN Baxter, MN Iron Mountain, MI
AEC Electric Electric Systems North Country
International Falls, MN Duluth, MN Electrical Services
Agate Electric Electrical Systems
Two Harbors, MN Brainerd, MN Nylund Electric
APS Technology Group Energy & Air Systems
Duluth, MN Superior, WI Polyphase Electric
Belknap Electric Hoffmann Electric
Superior, WI Brainerd, MN Seppala Electric
Belknap Tel-Com Hibbing, MN
Superior, WI Baxter, MN
Benson Electric Johanson Electric
Superior, WI Cloquet, MN
LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006 PAGE 19
Labor Day FAQs
Q: When is Labor Day? Proud to be a part of Duluth’s Labor Day Heritage
A: Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in
September. In 2006, Labor Day will fall on Sept. 4.
Q: Why do we celebrate Labor Day?
A: Labor Day honors the contributions of working men and
women to America’s social and economic life.
Q: When was Labor Day first celebrated in the U.S.A.?
A: On Sept. 5, 1882, when about 20,000 working people
marched in New York City to demand an eight-hour workday
and other labor law reforms. In a parade up Broadway, spon-
sored by New York’s Central Labor Union, they carried banners
reading, “Labor Creates All Wealth” and “Eight Hours for
Work, Eight Hours for Rest, Eight Hours for Recreation.” About
a quarter million New Yorkers turned out to watch.
Q: When did Labor Day become a national holiday?
A: After the first Labor Day in New York City, celebrations
began to spread as workers fought to win workplace rights and
better working conditions and wages at a time when they had
little power. In 1893, New York City workers took an unpaid
day off and marched around Union Square in support of a
national Labor Day. The following year, 12,000 federal troops
were called into Pullman, Ill., to break up a huge strike against
the Pullman railway company. Two workers were shot and
killed by U.S. marshals. In what most historians call an election
year attempt to appease workers, shortly after the strike was
broken, President Grover Cleveland signed legislation making
Labor Day a federal holiday. Cleveland lost the election.
Q: Who founded Labor Day?
A: Some say Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the
Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the
Celebrate Labor Day
American Federation of Labor, first suggested it. Others credit (and our 24th Anniversary!)
Matthew Maguire, a machinist who served as secretary of the LSALMA (incorporated in 1982) thanks our 2006 member/investors
Central Labor Union in New York. AFL-CIO Community Services MEDICA
AFSCME Council 24/WI State Employees Mercy Hospital & Health Care Center (Moose Lake)
Q: What international holiday is a Labor Day relative? AFSCME Council 40 Midwest Energy Resources Company (Superior)
A: May Day. In 1889, a Paris workers’ congress voted to AFSCME Council 5 Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services
support U.S. labor’s demand for an 8-hour workday. It chose AFSCME Local 3558/Duluth Area Non-Profits Minnesota Power/Allete
May 1, 1890, as a day of demonstrations in favor of the 8-hour Arrowhead Juvenile Center Minnesota AFSCME Council 65
Arrowhead Regional Corrections National Association of Letter Carriers-Branch 114
day. Afterward, May 1 became a holiday called Labor Day in Bayfield County (WI) Neighborhood Housing Services of Duluth
many nations. It resembles the September holiday in the U.S. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota Northeast Regional Corrections Center
Q: Is Labor Day just about unions? Carlton County Operating Engineers Local 49
A: No, visit www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm. City of Duluth PACE/USW Local 7 (Sappi)
City of Hibbing Painters & Allied Trades Local 106
City of Proctor Range Center (Chisholm)
City of Superior School District of Superior
Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital St. Louis County
College of St. Scholastica St. Luke’s Hospital (Duluth)
CWA Local 7214 St. Mary’s Hospital (Superior)
Cub Foods, Duluth St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic Health System
Douglas County St. Scholastica Monastery
Duluth AFL-CIO Central Labor Body Service Employees International Union #113
Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce SEIU-NCFO Local 939-Cloquet
Duluth Federation of Teachers Stewart Taylor Printing
Duluth Firefighters Local 101 Superior/Douglas County Chamber of Commerce
Duluth Transit Authority (ATE Management) Superior Federation of Labor
Education Minnesota Superior Housing Authority
Fairview University Medical Center (Hibbing) Superior Water, Light & Power
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service The Development Association/Superior/Douglas Co.
for for nding
Join us f r Personal Service… Join us f a Lending Hand… Join us Because You Can ! FIRST Plan of Minnesota Twin City Labor Management Council
Fox Cities/Green Bay Area L/M Council UNITE HERE Local 99
61 years of Experience Now Available to all Northland Residents and Businesses Georgia Pacific-Duluth United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1116
Holiday Inn-Duluth United Steelworkers District 11
Housing, Redevelopment Authority of Duluth United Taconite LLC (Eveleth)
A great IBEW Local 31
Independent School District #709 (Duluth)
United Way of Greater Duluth
University of Minnesota-Duluth
Labor Day Labor World Newspaper
Lake Country Power
University of Wisconsin-Superior
Upper Midwest L/M Health Care Coalition
Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
Holiday to all. Lake County
Lake Superior College
Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission
We’ve earned it! Lion Group
411 West 1st St.
1316 N. 14th St.
City Hall--Room 332 Metro Center Room 301
USW Local 1028 Duluth, MN 55802 Superior, WI 54880
Serving: ME Electmetal (218) 727-4565 FAX: (218) 730-5902
Lerch Bros. (Allouez) www.LSALMA.org
Duluth Steel Fabricators
Cutler-Magner (Salt) Lake Superior Area Labor Management Association
Township of Duluth (Police) Last Chance L/M Golf Outing, Weds., Sept. 27, Enger~~Call for Details
PAGE 20 LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006
World’s Worst Boss contest winner selected
The results are in. Working “When we began the con- Talk to your boss about
America, the AFL-CIO com-
munity affiliate, has announ-
ced the winner in its Bad Boss
test, we had no idea just how
deep the feeling of frustration
ran,” said Karen Nussbaum,
your concerns. Sometimes
bosses don’t know when they
are making bad decisions or
Contest, which exposed the
hard reality of work in
director of Working America.
“We were overwhelmed by the
treating employees unfairly.
Plan ahead what you want to Labor Day.
America. “Cat Scratch” won volume, and also by the inten- tell your boss. Practice keep-
the contest with a total of
2,564 votes in the final round.
sity, of the stories submitted.”
A shocking number of
ing cool and speaking calmly.
Take back your life by You've earned it!
“Cat Scratch” told the story entries highlighted the increas- establishing boundaries bet-
of a boss who, in response to ing rarity of good jobs, jobs ween work and home; clearly
patients’ cancellations on 9/11,
took $100 out of each employ-
that offer a fair wage, good
benefits and a balance between
define your time for work,
family and friends. Remem-
Don L. Bye
ee’s paycheck. The boss earns
more than $1 million a year.
work and family life.
In a recent AFL-CIO sur-
ber your boss pays you for 8
hours a day, not 24!
“Did he really need my $13 vey of more than 20,000 work- Organize a union at your
an hour that badly?” asked ing women, respondents over- workplace to have a say over Local Labor Lawyer
“Cat Scratch,” who won a whelmingly expressed support the decisions that affect your
week’s vacation and $1000 in for laws to help balance fami- wages, benefits and work
More than 4,500 stories
ly and work life, to make
healthcare affordable, and in-
environment; most unions
have a dignity and respect Have A Happy Labor Day
were submitted in the contest creased corporate accountabil- clause in their contracts.
that brought close to a quarter ity. These and other tips are Communications Workers
of a million visitors to the “The stories were varia- available at www.working
Working America website, tions on the same theme,” america.org. Though the con- of America Local 7214
www.workingamerica.org. Nussbaum said. “Bad bosses test is over, people can still
During the six-week contest, are toxic to working families.” post stories and connect with
nearly 50,000 votes were cast If you work for a bad boss, workers fighting to have a
on two million page views. experts recommend that you: voice a work.
A Great Labor Day Holiday To All Who Labor!
from your friends in the
Northern Wisconsin Representing workers at:
Building & Construction Trades Council AT&T AVAYA Dex Media East, LLC
President Norm Voorhees, Ironworkers Local 512, (218) 724-5073 Paul Bunyan Telephone Qwest
Vice President Dan Westlund, Jr. Secretary-Treasurer Larry Anderson Paw Communications, Inc
P.O. Box 577, Superior, Wisconsin 54880, (715) 392-2129
Boilermakers Lodge 107
Laborers Local 1091
Bricklayers Local 2
392-8708 or (715) 835-5164
Millwrights & Machinery Erectors
Locals 1348-- (218) 741-6314 Labor Day...
Carpenters Local 361
Operating Engineers Local 139
(715) 838-0139 One last gasp,
Cement Masons, Plasterers &
Shophands Local 633--724-2323
Painters & Allied Trades Local 106
then we welcome
Electrical Workers Local 14 Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 11 the students, and
Electrical Workers Local 242
Roofers, Waterproofers Local 96
another school year.
Insulators Local 49
Sheet Metal Workers Local 10
Iron Workers Local 512
Teamsters Local 346
724-5073 628-1034 UMD Clerical & Technical Employees
Congratulations to Labor World on your 107th bringing
Thank You to Organized Labor forAnniversary! INTERSTATE
Keep up the good all fighting for the Labor Day!
recognition to workWorkers this workers of the SPUR
state and keeping them informed.
See you in Virginia’s Olcott Park, Sunday, Sept. 3!
Tom RUKAVINA 2700 W. Michigan St.
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Paid for by the Rukavina Campaign Committee, Mary Anderson, Chair; the Citizens for Anthony “Tony” Sertich; Rick Puhek, Chair, 1210 NW 9th Avenue, Chisholm, MN 55710
and the Tomassoni Campaign; P.O. Box 29, Chisholm, MN 55719
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LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006 PAGE 21
When you talk Trash, talk Howard Waste,
the only Union, Residential Hauler in the Region!
AFL-CIO Community Services and United Way Partnership Single-sort curbside recycling
Liaison Program by Yvonne Harvey
Disasters can hit anyone-- Yard Waste
From your curb to WLSSD’s compost center
--Just ask me!
Disasters can strike anyone and at anytime! Just ask me. On
July 3, 2006 in the very early morning hours my house burned
down. I was very lucky, no one was home at the time, and I only Even happier holidays 628-2388
lost material possessions: most of which can be replaced.
414 South 59th Ave. West
Again, I am lucky to have a very strong support system: my
family and friends, my community, my co-workers and the
Garbage Duluth, MN 55807
labor community, who came forward to assist me and my Picked up at your curb, of course
granddaughter, Kalie, in our hour of need with their kindness, businesses is like
good wishes, thoughtfulness and donations of furniture, house- All included in our regular hauling fee, making an investment
hold items, money and etc. To each and every one of them I owe
a very heart felt--Thank You! which will beat your current hauler’s rate! in your community.
However, not every disaster victim is as fortunate as I have
been. Many victims are left with just the clothes on their back Proud to be Affiliated with Teamsters Local 346 as the area’s only Unionized Hauler!
and have no clue of where to go for assistance. That is when
area non-profit agencies supported by United Way dollars step
in to help. For example:
• In the past year the Northland Chapter of the American Red
Cross responded to 115 house fires and assisted 308 people
Teamsters Joint Council 32
from Duluth and the surrounding area;
• Our local Salvation Army has provided food, emergency Minnesota • Iowa
shelter, clothing and furniture to hundreds of individuals and
families in crisis;
• CHUM has provided emergency shelter and food to those
North and South Dakota
who would otherwise go without;
• The AFL-CIO Community Services Program assists vic-
tims with Advocacy and Intervention Services...and the list goes
The 2006-2007 United Way Fundraising Campaign will be
starting at your worksite soon! Please -- when you are asked to
Labor Day Greetings
give—DO. It is through your generous donations that United
Way is able to fund the AFL-CIO Community Services EXECUTIVE BOARD
Program, as well as 47 other United Way sponsored human AFFILIATED LOCAL UNIONS
services programs. And, as you can see, many of these programs
assist victims of local disasters –just like me. C. THOMAS KEEGEL
Because of your generous donations, the AFL-CIO President
Community Service programs are available to you, your union Local 4 Doug Rubbelke, President
brothers and sisters and/or their families, and your community Local 90 Claudia Pettit, Secretary-Treasurer
as a whole to help make it a better, safer, healthier place to raise DANIEL FORTIER
families. Member Assistance Services, Intervention Services, Secretary-Treasurer Local 116 Dean Cypher, Secretary-Treasurer
Services to the Unemployed, Strike Assistance, and Advocacy
Services are available to all union members. Local 120 Tom Keegel, President
Please remember--what you donate to United Way of
Greater Duluth stays in our community to assist our members in Vice President Local 160 Wayne Perleberg, Secretary-Treasurer
need, our families and our neighbors. The dollars you donate to Local 238 Gary Dunham, Secretary-Treasurer
United Way touch the lives of thousands of union members and PATRICK RADZAK
their families each year, right here at home through United Way- Recording Secretary Local 289 Dan Bartholomew, Secretary-Treasurer
supported programs. Even though we think we will never need
help from one of these programs, not one of us knows what Local 320 Sue Mauren, Secretary-Treasurer
tomorrow will bring-just ask me. Remember union members MARK RIME
Trustee Local 346 Pat Radzak, Secretary-Treasurer
are, first and foremost, members of their community and the
dollars you donate to United Way stay in your community. A Local 421 Dave Baker, President
strong United Way Campaign will help build a stronger, health- DANIEL BARTHOLOMEW
ier community for all of us to live in; and that is What Matters Trustee Local 471 Dave Laxen, Secretary-Treasurer
UPCOMING UNITED WAY EVENTS: Local 638 Mark Rime, Secretary-Treasurer
15th Annual United Way Chili Cook-Off Campaign LAWRENCE YOSWA
Local 749 Randy Knudtson, Secretary-Treasurer
Kick-Off, Thursday, Sept. 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m., DECC Trustee
29th Annual Labor Partnership Luncheon, Wednesday, Local 792 Larry Yoswa, Secretary-Treasurer
Sept. 13, Noon to 1:30 p.m., Radisson Harborview. Labor’s
Kick-Off for United Way of Greater Duluth’s Campaign Local 970 Dan Fortier, Secretary-Treasurer
For more information on these events please call United Local 974 Tom Tweet, Secretary-Treasurer
Way office at 726-4770.
Local 1145 Brad Slawson, Sr., Trustee
If your worksite does not have an United Way
Campaign and you wish to donate, please send a check
made out to UWGD, Suite 402, 424 West Superior St,
Duluth, MN 55802—in memo area put union affiliation.
If you want to use a credit card call 726-4770.
PAGE 22 LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006
Endorsements find friends...from page 1
be involved in the Tuesday, Sept. 12 Primary Election as
three candidates have filed for that seat.
Jewell served on the Duluth City Council from 1987 to 1991.
During that time he was in a 15 year career as as AFSCME
Local 66 member employed by St. Louis County Social
Services. He worked as a Violence Prevention Specialist and in
other human service jobs with adolescents, the mentally ill and
He is currently Executive Director of Men as Peace-makers,
one of the state’s largest in-school mentoring programs that
serves 450 local children. MAP also provides violence preven-
tion training and works with juveniles in crisis.
Jewell said the great union tradition in St. Louis County from
the days of the IWW, the AFL, and CIO can still be seen “and
carries through to who we are today. I’m proud to have been an
AFSCME member. I’m impressed with what happens in our
area because of unions.”
When employed by the county he said he sometimes had to
bring people to Chris Jensen, a county-run nursing home, and
realized that it was always the most difficult cases that ended up
there. That’s why the county had to get into the nursing home
business and needs to stay in it rather than contracting out the
On project labor agreements Jewell said he supported them It was a relaxed crowd at the Central Body’s screening of incumbent, AFL-CIO-endorsed
as a city councilor and will continue to support them in the state legislators from districts 6 and 7 August 10. These usual suspects, Rep. David Dill,
future. who was unable to attend, and Frank Jewell (inset) were all endorsed.
He said he looks forward to serving such a hard working
populace, one that has a high union density, and to bring coun-
ty government’s role out where people can see what it does for
“I look forward to the chance to do something for county res- Labor Day's significance lies in one word. Dignity. Without ques-
idents...to have an impact on their lives,” Jewell told delegates. tion, it is the single most important accomplishment trade unionism has
You can find out about candidates and voting at www. brought forth onto our American culture. Dignity is realized in better
wages, and in livable, safe working conditions... in an attitude that is
better suited to cope with retirement or ill health. Regardless of one's
station in life—worker, manager or boss, union or non-union—each
individual and family lives a better life because of American trade
unions. By organizing and uniting, we've set standards, wages and con-
ditions that we are continually improving. By insuring the survivability
of collective bargaining, we've spread America's wealth to a broader
populace which, in turn, has provided more purchasing power, allow-
ing industry opportunities to also thrive and prosper.
THIS LABOR DAY
Duluth Building & Construction
THIS THOUGHT Trades Council
BEARS REPEATING: Affiliates
Boilermakers Lodge 647 Laborers Local 1091 ~~ 728-5151
724-6999 Millwrights & Machinery
“. . . The rules for employees
Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Erectors Local 1348
are quite distinct from those for
Local 1 ~~ 724-8374 741-6314
stockholders. Employees con-
tribute more and more to compa- Carpenters Local 361 Operating Engineers Local 49
nies, year after year. Yet they are paid as little as 724-3297 724-3840
possible. If they slack off, they are let go. Stock- Cement Masons, Plasterers Painters & Allied Trades
holders make a onetime investment when a share of & Shophands Local 633 Local 106 ~~ 724-6466
new stock is purchased, and beyond that contribute 724-2323 Plumbers & Steamfitters
nothing. Yet the company aims to create maximum Electrical Workers Local 11 ~~ 727-2199
income for them forever. . . . The phrase stockholder Local 242 ~~ 728-6895 Roofers, Waterproofers Local 96
productivity is strangely missing from [our] vocabu- Elevator Constructors 218-644-1096
lary, perhaps because it points to a reality we would Local 9 Sheet Metal Workers Local 10
rather ignore. . . . this business of endless income as (612) 379-2709 724-6873
recompense for doing nothing. One wonders when Insulators Local 49 Sprinkler Fitters Local 669
we will awake.” The Divine Right of Capital 724-3223 (701) 281-1514
by Marjorie Kelly Iron Workers Local 512 Teamsters Local 346
District 8A BILL HILTY
Paid for by Hilty Volunteer Comm., 64105 Norway Spruce Road, Finlayson, MN
Call Us When You’re Thinking Construction!
Craig Olson, President, 1-218-724-6466
LABOR WORLD NEWS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2006 PAGE 23
C-I teacher wins arbitration after being fired for participating in strike
A state arbitrator has ruled Grievant was not retained due teacher said her co-workers 2005. The eight-week strike years. New hires will not
the Crosby-Ironton school dis- to her strike activities.” “are thrilled for Maureen. was the second longest teach- receive health coverage when
trict acted in retaliation when Union leaders said the rul- She’s a young woman with ers’ strike on record and divid- they retire.
it terminated a probationary ing vindicates their position tremendous courage.” ed the small community. Key Superintendent Linda Law-
teacher who took part in the and refutes the claim of a for- Morrow, who lived in issues had been health insur- rie and the school district had
bitter 2005 teachers’ strike. mer school board chair that the Ironton at the time but has ance for retired teachers, and hired dozens of scab replace-
Arbitrator Eugene C. Jen- grievance was frivolous. moved to Grand Rapids, said wages and health coverage for ment teachers, paying them
sen ordered the district to rein- “We’re thrilled for Maur- she never has had to second active employees. $300 a day– twice the rate of
state Maureen Morrow with een and looking forward to guess to decision to stand with The parties settled retiree pay for beginning teachers in
full back pay and benefits for having her back,” said EdMN her co-workers. health benefits by setting up a the district. Some of the scabs
all of the last school year. C-I President Brian Gaffney. “I was pretty sure what trust fund to make payments as weren’t licensed to teach.
Morrow was the only one On Monday, August 21 a would happen but I’ve been needed. In the past retirees had EdMNC-I had 87 members
of five Crosby-Ironton proba- decision to rehire Morrow was around unions all my life and full family coverage for nine then, serving 1,300 students.
tionary teachers who partici- made by the district, and she just knew it was the right thing
pated in the entire eight-week accepted. But by Friday the to do,” Morrow said. Her
strike. She also was the only school board had decided to deceased father, Bob Norberg,
one with full licensure who appeal Jensen’s decision so was an AFSCME representa-
was not offered continued she is “on-call” for the school tive. Her mother, Connie
employment with the district. year that begins Sept. 5 and is Andrews, has been active in
Teachers must serve a three- missing teacher orientations. her AFSCME union. Her hus-
year probationary period when Morrow was in her third band, Adam, operates heavy
they first enter the profession. year of teaching Spanish when equipment as a member of the
The teachers’ union, Edu- the strike started on Feb. 9, Operating Engineers Local 49.
cation Minnesota Crosby- 2005. Knowing her fate as a “At first we tried to keep
Ironton, filed a grievance and probationary employee, she me out of the public eye to
the dispute wound up in arbi- nevertheless was on the picket avoid possible repercussions,
tration. After a full-day hear- line from the first day. The but as the strike drug on during
ing two weeks ago, Jensen four other probationary teach- those cold winter days I really
determined that the district ers did not follow her coura- wasn’t concerned about any Feb. 28, 2005, the first day students returned to class dur-
“went out of its way to not geous lead. Three of those four focus on me,” Morrow said. ing the Crosby Ironton teacher’s strike, Maureen Morrow
hire” Morrow. were offered jobs when the The strike ended April 6, carried a sign letting a scab teacher know he was taking her
“Both sides of the labor strike was over. One was job. (Photo by Marian Segersten, EdMN C-I)
dispute retained a significant found to not have the neces-
amount of anger following the sary licensure. Morrow spent
strike,” Jensen wrote. “I
believe the Grievant was a vic-
most of the year unemployed.
“She was hurting,” said
Education Minnesota supports the
tim of that post-strike animus.
There are simply too many
Harley Ogata General Counsel
of Education Minnesota. “She labor community
inconsistencies in the Dis- could only find about six
trict’s behavior toward the weeks of work as a substitute Education Minnesota looks forward to another great year in the
Grievant to ignore. Given all teacher.” That work was in the classroom. We are educating the next generation of Minnesota
the facts, I must agree with the Staples school district. workers.
Union’s claim that the Doug Mayfield, a C-I
Education Minnesota is made up of 70,000
educators doing what it takes to help students succeed.
Education Minnesota is an afﬁliate of the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and AFL-CIO.
Visit www.schoolsﬁrst.org to ﬁnd out how you
can support public education in this state.
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