About Us

North East Area Labor Council Mission Statement

The North East Area Labor Council is a coalition representing over 40,000 workers. Its' affiliates include the Iron Range Labor Assembly, the Duluth Central Labor Body, the Carlton County Central Labor Body, and Minnesota AFL-CIO affiliates in Northeastern Minnesota. Our goal is to constantly and consistently enhance the mobilization efforts of the labor movement in Northeastern Minnesota to better the lives of working people.

To accomplish this mission, we work to:

  • Build a broad movement of Minnesota workers by helping workers join and form unions
  • Support Minnesota workers as they bargain with employers to improve their living conditions and workplaces, as well as their communities, state and nation
  • Strengthen the voice of Minnesota working families at all levels of government and in a changing global economy

The North East Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is a key part of the nation's largest and strongest labor federation—the AFL-CIO, which unites 10.5 million working people of every race and ethnicity and from every walk of life.

We are utilizing the latest technology to help local affiliates with fundraising, community outreach, research, and member-to-member communication on issues ranging from workplace disputes to political mobilization.

The North East Area Labor Council’s e-Activist Network is one way you can do that. As a network subscriber you receive occasional action alerts when your voice is needed. Send an email requesting subscription to [email protected] or register with this site to be automatically added to our list.

 

Additional resources

NEALC Constitution 

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Calendar

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Repeats every month on January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, October, November, December on the first Monday 99 times.
Oct 3,2016
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Carlton County Central Labor Body

Come participate in the delegate body for affiliated unions in Pine and Carlton Counties.

These meetings are important for our labor movement, as they help foster a cohesive environment between all of the various unions in the area. 

Interested in what is going on outside of your own union or how you can be involved in the greater labor movement in your community? Come show up!

Repeats every month on the second Wednesday 99 times.
Oct 12,2016
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Koochiching Labor Assembly

Come participate in the delegate body for affiliated unions in Koochiching County. These meetings are important for our labor movement, as they help foster a cohesive environment between all of the various unions in the area.

Interested in what is going on outside of your own union or how you can be involved in the greater labor movement in your community? Come show up!

 

Repeats every month on the second Thursday 99 times.
Oct 13,2016
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Duluth Central Labor Body

Come participate in the delegate body for affiliated unions in the Duluth area and Lake County. 

 
These meetings are important for our labor movement, as they help foster a cohesive environment between all of the various unions in the area. 
 
Interested in what is going on outside of your own union or how you can be involved in the greater labor movement in your community? Come show up!
Repeats every month on February, April, June, August, October, December on the third Thursday 99 times.
Oct 20,2016
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Iron Range Labor Assembly

Come participate in the delegate body for affiliated unions on the Iron Range. 

 
These meetings are important for our labor movement, as they help foster a cohesive environment between all of the various unions in the area. 
 
Interested in what is going on outside of your own union or how you can be involved in the greater labor movement in your community? Come show up! 
Nov 7,2016
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Carlton County Central Labor Body

Come participate in the delegate body for affiliated unions in Pine and Carlton Counties.

These meetings are important for our labor movement, as they help foster a cohesive environment between all of the various unions in the area. 

Interested in what is going on outside of your own union or how you can be involved in the greater labor movement in your community? Come show up!

Nov 9,2016
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Koochiching Labor Assembly

Come participate in the delegate body for affiliated unions in Koochiching County. These meetings are important for our labor movement, as they help foster a cohesive environment between all of the various unions in the area.

Interested in what is going on outside of your own union or how you can be involved in the greater labor movement in your community? Come show up!

 

Repeats every month on January, March, May, July, September, November on the second Thursday 99 times.
Nov 10,2016
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Iron Range Labor Assembly

Come participate in the delegate body for affiliated unions on the Iron Range. 

 
These meetings are important for our labor movement, as they help foster a cohesive environment between all of the various unions in the area. 
 
Interested in what is going on outside of your own union or how you can be involved in the greater labor movement in your community? Come show up! 
Nov 10,2016
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Duluth Central Labor Body

Come participate in the delegate body for affiliated unions in the Duluth area and Lake County. 

 
These meetings are important for our labor movement, as they help foster a cohesive environment between all of the various unions in the area. 
 
Interested in what is going on outside of your own union or how you can be involved in the greater labor movement in your community? Come show up!
Dec 5,2016
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Carlton County Central Labor Body

Come participate in the delegate body for affiliated unions in Pine and Carlton Counties.

These meetings are important for our labor movement, as they help foster a cohesive environment between all of the various unions in the area. 

Interested in what is going on outside of your own union or how you can be involved in the greater labor movement in your community? Come show up!

Dec 8,2016
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Duluth Central Labor Body

Come participate in the delegate body for affiliated unions in the Duluth area and Lake County. 

 
These meetings are important for our labor movement, as they help foster a cohesive environment between all of the various unions in the area. 
 
Interested in what is going on outside of your own union or how you can be involved in the greater labor movement in your community? Come show up!
Labor World

STEWART MILLS III NEEDS TO TELL US HIS POSITION ON TPP

STEWART MILLS III NEEDS TO TELL US HIS POSITION ON TPP Full text of the deal has been public since yesterday  [DULUTH, MN] –  Northeast Area Labor Council (NEALC) President Alan Netland has called on Stewart Mills III to tell working families of the 8th Congressional District where he stands on the...

A big week in Washington

In one of the most historic, euphoric and cataclysmic weeks Congress has ever seen, Pope Francis called for peace and progress, radical Tea Party Republicans pressured Speaker Boehner to announce his resignation, the federal government moved closer to shutting down – and our message to keep...

Grants for MN apprentices

The U.S. Dept. of Labor has awarded millions in grant money to support registered apprenticeship programs, including the newly formed Minnesota Regional Training Partnership. The AFL-CIO Working for America Institute partners with Jobs for the Future and labor-management groups to expand and...

Construction worker killed on Bong Bridge project

Kelsey Hagenson, 18, was killed in a construction accident on the Bong Bridge project that occurred about 7 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office reported that Hagenson suffered from “multiple blunt force injuries due to a pedestrianforklift mishap.” He died in a Duluth...

WAGE Act would help workers

Last week Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the Workplace Action for a Growing Economy (WAGE) Act, legislation to strengthen protections for workers who want to raise wages and improve workplace conditions. The WAGE Act would amend the...

MPLS city council seeks workplace ordinances

After months of workers organizing, rallying, marching, and sharing stories about the need for stronger workplace protections and higher pay, the Minneapolis City Council last Friday introduced the subject matter of an ordinance ensuring fair scheduling, guaranteeing earned sick time and preventing...

Senate also moving on measures to derail Obamacare’s 40% Cadillac tax

The U.S. Senate has joined the House of Representatives in introducing bills to repeal the 40% tax on health benefits that has had unions up in arms since the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) was passed. ACA became law in March 2010 but some provisions don’t become effective until 2020. The...

Minnesota rated third best state overall for teachers, Wisconsin seventh

With Monday, Oct. 5 being International World Teachers Day and in recognition of the key role that educators play in children’s lives, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best and Worst States for Teachers. In order to help educators find the best...

Study shows we shouldn’t be too proud of “State of Working Minnesota”

The Minnesota Council of Non-Profits’ Budget News and Tool’s (mnbudgetproject.org) new report says despite increased productivity, wages for American and Minnesota workers are lagging. Many workers don’t earn enough to support a family of three, and struggle to pay for basic needs like housing,...

60 Trades volunteers jump start Damiano Center’s roofing project

You couldn’t have asked for better weather on Saturday, Sept. 19. It was a perfect day for fishing, golfing, working on projects at home, or a family outing. But before a lot of us had breakfast, five dozen members of many unions of the Duluth Building & Construction Trades Council (DBCTC)...

MN AFL-CIO political conference

The 2016 Minnesota AFLCIO Legislative and Political Conference is November 12- 13, 2015. Connect with fellow union members, activists and leaders and learn the latest at briefings on our legislative priorities, policy fights and work to win the 2016 elections. Build skills and learn best practices...

Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid forum 10/8

On Thursday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the Duluth Labor Temple’s Wellstone Hall Buddy Robinson of the Citizens Federation Northeast will present a workshop on “Growing the Movement to Protect and Expand Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.” The workshop will occur just prior to the Duluth...

UMD forum on right to die

On Friday, October 9 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., UMD’s Center for Ethics and Public Policy is sponsoring a panel discussion regarding the possible legalization of the proscription of lethal medication to terminal patients. The event will take place at UMD’s Montague Hall (Room # 80). The Center is...

Scott Walker drops out of presidential race

Maybe it was Pope Francis coming to America that made Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker go Biblical and drop out of the presidential race with this Sept. 21 statement: “The Bible is full of stories about people who are called to be leaders in unusual ways. Today, I believe that I am...

Labor’s candidates move through Primary

In very low voter turnout all of the Duluth AFL-CIO Central Labor Body-endorsed candidates in the Sept. 15 Primary Election easily moved on to the Nov. 3 General Election. Emily Larson received 67% of the vote to move on in her bid to become Duluth’s first woman mayor. Her seven opponents in the...

Multi-craft pickets up at Duluth Radisson

Duluth has only two union hotels. The Holiday Inn and Radisson are within three blocks of each other on Superior Street. They get a lot of business because they are union but the new owner of the Radisson doesn’t get it. Pickets have had the cylindrical hotel surrounded since Aug. 31. Carl Kaeding...
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A financial gift of any size to the NE Area Labor Council helps us realize our goal of improving the lives of and increasing the power for working families in Northeast MN.

Whether we are fighting for a political voice for workers in our area or inspiring workers to achieve dignity through organizing, we need resources to grow the Labor Movement.

With your support, we will continue to effectively fight for our 40,000 union members and all working people.

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