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      By a resounding 16-3 vote, the McLean County board approved a second wind farm in northern McLean County, the EDP Bright Stalk Wind Farm. 58 turbines, producing 250 electrical megawatts, are included in the project. Last month, the board approved, by a narrower 10-8 margin, the McLean County Wind Energy Project in the same area.

      Workers Memorial Day - the annual national commemoration of those who died on the job will be observed on Friday, April 27, at 6 a.m. at the picnic pavilion at Bloomington’s White Oak Park (off Cottage Avenue).  Names of over 200 local workers who have died on the job or from occupational exposure will be read and remembered.

      When the Supreme Court doesn’t care about facts Midway through Monday’s oral argument in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, “[H]ow much is there unionization in the general corporate sector … or private sector.

      Washington DC – Organized labor still provides the best way for workers to get ahead. While New York continues to have the highest percentage of workers in unions, at 23.8 percent union membership increased even in the South. Although South Carolina continued to have the lowest number of union members the number rose in the Palmetto State.

      This month, Thea Lee took over as president of the Economic Policy Institute, America’s premier left-wing economic think tank. We spoke to her about Trumponomics and the fight for equality.

      BLOOMINGTON — Union laborers who could build a new McLean County wind farm and local landowners who would live near it squared off Wednesday in one of a series of public forums on the proposal.

      A US Appeals Court in Washington DC upheld new Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) rules that improve worker protections against deadly exposure to silica dust. Silica dust is the product of grinding, drilling, abrasive blasting, and milling of substances used by the construction, ship building and maintenance, mining, foundry, and hydraulic fracking industries.

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