It's complicated; Debate over city labor agreements continues


February 24, 2023

Jana Peterson

Newly appointed Ward 3 Cloquet city councilor Iris Keller takes the oath of office from city administrator Tim Peterson on Feb. 7. Keller was appointed to replace Chris Swanson, who moved out of Ward 3 and was no longer eligible to serve as its councilor.

Iris Keller, the newly appointed Ward 3 Cloquet city councilor, peppered city officials with questions Tuesday as she played catchup on the complicated issue of project labor agreements in the city of Cloquet.

"You've been busy with the ins and outs of this for six years," Keller said to the other councilors.

Largely informational and fairly short, there was no vote at the meeting Tuesday. Instead, there was a first reading of a proposal to eliminate the requirement for private businesses to sign a PLA if they access $175,000 or more of city funds.

Instead of mandating a PLA, the Economic...

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