This could be one of the most important elections in modern history for the labor movement. Although it is not a presidential election year congress hangs in the balance, and so too do the rights of working families. In recent years we have seen states and the US Congress introduce legislation that attack the rights of labor. That is why it is vital that we elect labor friendly candidates. We can accomplish this by simply getting our people out to vote. I have attached links that can get you all of the information needed to find out where to vote and also get the absentee voting application, but if you are going that route please act quickly as your completed absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than November 3rd. Some counties are also allowing early voting and there is a link to that information as well.

Absentee Voting Link:

Election day and Early Voting Locations:


Statewide Endorsements:

U.S. House George Sinner
Attorney General Kiara KrausParr
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Taylor
Secretary of State April Fairfield
Public Service Commissioner Todd Reisenauer
Public Service Commissioner Tyler Axness
Tax Commissioner Jason Astrup

State Legislative Endorsement:

District 1 Senate Barbara Vondell
House Joseph Adducci
District 3 Senate Lisa Wolf
House Lee Snyder
House Cindy Wilhelm
District 5 House Heidi Rintoul
District 9 House Marvin Nelson
District 11 Senate Tim Mathern
District 13 Senate Landis Larson
House Scott Brand
House Jaci Stofferahn
District 17 House Edward Grossbauer
House Terry Berg
District 19 Senate Robert “Tork” Kilichowski
House Carol Gierszewski
District 21 Senate Carolyn Nelson
House Kathy Hogan
House Mary Schneider
District 23 Senate Joan Heckaman
House Austin Langley
House Ben Vig
District 25 Senate Perry Miller
House Alisa Mitskog
House Richard Grosz
District 27 Senate Warren Solberg
House Logan Heinrich
House Jess Roscoe
District 29 Senate Jeff Piehl
House Charles Linderman
House Lori Carlson
District 35 Senate Erin Oban
House Darrell Miller
House Tracy Potter
District 37 Senate Keith Fernsler
House Mandy Kubik
District 39 Senate Stephanie Pretzer
District 41 Senate Evelyn Quigley
District 43 Senate JoNell Bakke
House Lois Delmore
House Kyle Thorson
District 45 Representative Ed Gruchalla
House Brenda Warren
District 47 Senate Bradley Bergstad

The Link above is to the article reprinted below.

While the U.S. has become a safer place for workers since the Occupational Safety and Health Act became law more than 40 years ago, there’s still work to be done as employees in some states and industries remain at higher risk for injury and death, according to a new report from the AFL-CIO.

According to the AFL-CIO, the most dangerous U.S. state for workers is North Dakota, which the report calls “an exceptionally dangerous and deadly place to work.” Its fatality rate — almost 18 deaths per 100,000 workers — is five times higher than the national average. It’s also double the state’s 2007 rate, when it stood at 7 deaths per 100,000 workers.

North Dakota’s spike in workplace deaths illustrates the dark side of the state’s booming energy industry, which has brought both high-paying jobs and problems such as rising crime rates and homelessness, thanks to a lack of housing. The rising rate of workplace deaths suffered in the oil and gas industry was called “unacceptable” by Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez last year.

“A particular focus is needed on the oil and gas industry,” said Peg Seminario, director of safety and health for the AFL-CIO, on a conference call with reporters. “With that industry growing and expanding, we’ve seen an expansion of fatalities not just in North Dakota, but in other states. It needs much more attention by employers, OSHA, and other state and federal agencies.”

While workers in the oil and gas industry face higher risks overall, North Dakota’s rate was far larger than that of other states with large energy industries. Texas, the country’s top oil-producing state, had a fatality rate of about 5 workers per 100,000 in 2012, for instance.

So what’s driving North Dakota’s spike in workplace deaths? It could be tied to inexperienced workers, as well as a lack of proper training from employers, given that the state’s energy industry isn’t as established as those in Texas and Oklahoma, Seminario said.

North Dakota wasn’t alone in seeing a spike in workplace deaths in 2012, the most recent year for which there’s data on fatalities and injuries while at work. Twenty-one states saw jumps in either the rate or the number of fatalities between 2011 to 2012, with New Hampshire posting an 83 percent rise, followed by North Dakota at 43 percent, and Vermont with a 35 percent increase.

Renewed activity from construction projects could be driving workplace fatalities higher in some states, Seminario said. “The construction industry has a high fatality rate,” she noted. “With that industry coming back from the recession, we’ve seen an increase in the numbers from that sector.”

Still, the number of workplace deaths overall have declined since 1970, when the country registered about 13,800 on-the-job fatalities. In 2012, the number of deaths about one-third of that, at about 4,600 fatalities.

While the Obama administration has stepped up enforcement and increased the number of OSHA inspectors, the AFL-CIO report called the efforts “slow and disappointing,” coming after what it described as “eight years of neglect and inaction under the Bush administration.”

The numbers of OSHA inspectors may not inspire confidence in some critics, given that there are fewer than 2,000 state and federal inspectors to review 8 million workplaces, or what the AFL-CIO says is one inspector for every 68,000 workers.

It’s not just fatalities that are a problem for American workers, either. Occupational diseases and workplace injuries and violence continue to plague employees, the report noted. More than 3.8 million workers suffered from work-related injuries and illnesses in 2012, which the union said is likely underreported and could be as high as 11.4 million employees.

“The cost of these injuries and illnesses is enormous — estimated at $250 billion to $330 billion a year,” the report said.

Violence and assaults impacts women while on the job more than men, with female workers suffering two-thirds of all such injuries, the report noted. Some of those female workers are victims of assault by healthcare patients or social work clients.

“Workplace violence is the second leading cause of workplace death in the country,” Seminario said. “Injuries are coming from patients and clients. You don’t have the staffing or resources” in some institutions, such as psychiatric hospitals, to protect workers, she added. “It’s a growing issue, particularly for women.”

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The OSHA update requirements have been amended for ECCS sites only.  If you have previously attended a 10-hour OSHA class and can produce that card, you will be allowed to attend a 7.5 hour refresher course.  You must bring your OSHA card with you to attend these classes.  If you do not have it, you will not be allowed to attend.

This course is not endorsed by OSHA and does not replace the OSHA 10 course that may be required on other sites.

Classes will be held monthly on Friday’s from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a half hour lunch.  Classes will be held at the Labor Temple, 1323 East Front Street, Bismarck, ND unless we are notified elsewhere.  Class dates are:

September 12th

October 10th

November 14th

December 12th

You must pre-register for these classes as class size is limited.  Please call Local 714′s offices at:  (701) 258-6370 or (701) 852-3025.

You will not receive an OSHA card or certificate for this class.  You’re re-fresher date will be posted on the ECCS listing only.

If you need to take the 10 hour OSHA class, please contact us so we can check with the instructor on availability of classes.