Labor debate draws crowd at Cloquet council meeting


March 10, 2023

Jana Peterson

Backed by a building filled with union members from all over, Andrew Campeau, president of the Duluth Building and Construction Trades Council, asked the Cloquet city council to delay its vote on the city's project labor agreement requirement for private projects.

With a potential project labor agreement vote on the Cloquet city council agenda, union members from Duluth, Superior and beyond packed City Hall Tuesday. Well over 100 people, mostly men, filled the council chambers and the atrium, the hum of their voices outside the meeting room making it difficult to hear Mayor Roger Maki as he opened the meeting.

In the end, councilors voted 5-2 to table the issue, with Maki and Ward 4 Councilor Kerry Kolodge dissenting.

That vote to delay a decision came after extensive discussion, starting with a recap of the arguments Cloquet Economic Development Au...

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