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Council backs union labor provisions


June 4, 2021

Jana Peterson

At the first in-person Cloquet city council meeting held in more than 14 months, all open chairs were taken by people eager to weigh in on the city's on-again-off-again project labor agreement. The council voted 4-3 to reinstate the PLA Tuesday, a move that was greeted with applause by pro-PLA audience members.

Thanks to Ward 2 councilor Sheila Lamb, the Cloquet city council's 4-3 vote to repeal the city's project labor agreement May 4 became a 4-3 vote to preserve it Tuesday evening.

Lamb said she spent the last month studying the PLA issue, having conversations with people from the city of Duluth, local union members and examining lawsuits targeting the labor agreements around the country.

"I think that PLAs protect the city on multiple levels and our citizens," Lamb said. "It was why I made my request two weeks ago and would like the opportunity to change my vote in order to keep the PLA in pla...

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