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Some Good News On The Labor Front, Greater Minnesota Edition

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 26, 2013

Unless you live near the city of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, or read Minnesota-based labor union publications, you probably haven’t heard about this bit of good news for workers:

After being locked out of their workplace at Snappy Air Distribution Products in Detroit Lakes for eight days, 95 workers returned to work at 7 a.m. today. The workers will return without a new contract and will work under the expired 2010 contract.

Even better:

A bill that will be heard by the legislature this session will allow locked out workers to receive unemployment insurance payments as long as they are locked out,” said Mark Froemke Western Minnesota AFL-CIO president. “The bill is sponsored in the House by Rep. Joe Atkins from the Cities and in the Senate by Senator David Tomassoni from the Range.”

Atkins is from Inver Grove Heights, Tomassoni is from Chisholm and both are DFL.

Froemke is also a member of the Grain Millers division of the BCT&GM Union that represents the Crystal Sugar workers who have been locked out of plants in Minnesota and North Dakota for over 18 months.

Hear, hear!

4 Responses to “Some Good News On The Labor Front, Greater Minnesota Edition”

  1. MEC said

    In other union news, the UAW is working to unionize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the German union is openly backing that effort. It looks like VW management isn’t going to fight (very hard) against the union.

  2. Charles II said

    Let’s hope the Crystal Sugar people get some good news. An improving labor market means fewer scabs.

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