Strikes continue across Flyover states as the national media takes note of unions’ increased profiles. The long-awaited trial pitting local governments against opioid manufacturers starts today in Cleveland.
And lawmakers still have little on how to handle water contamination.
Motorhead: General Motors workers continue to strike as the United Auto Workers union waits on local shops to vote to make the tentative contract agreement permanent this week, the Detroit News’ Ian Thibodeau reports.
In another sign the strike is entering its final days, janitors for GM, who were also on strike, reached a tentative agreement with Aramark, their parent company, per the Detroit Free Press’ Eric Lawrence.
First class: Teachers in Chicago went back to the negotiating table with the city, but the union admitted that a deal probably wasn’t happening by the end of Sunday, the Chicago Tribune’s Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas writes.
The Washington Post’s Eli Rosenberg writes that other unions said the GM strike has inspired them. And the New York Times’ Noam Scheiber asked why in such a strong economy, so many workers are on strike.
Today’s special: Teachers in Pennsylvania told the state they need more money after an increase in the number of special education students, The Center Square’s Kim Jarrett reports. You might recall that one of the reasons the Chicago teachers are currently on strike is to get increased funding for special education students.
Deal or no deal: Negotiations between the opioid companies and states, counties and cities suing them in federal court over the addiction epidemic failed to produce an agreement Friday in Cleveland, cleveland.com’s Eric Heisig reports.
One of the trials, which will be a bellwether for the thousands of suits against the companies, is set to begin Monday.
Cleanup on aisle 3: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources ordered Milwaukee Mitchell Airport to clean up the PFAS chemicals that are contaminating drinking water, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Lee Bergquist reports.
Return policy: The congregation at the Tree of Life synagogue, the scene of a deadly mass shooting about a year ago, announced they will return to worship at the site, though whether they will tear the building down or renovate it remains a big question, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Peter Smith and Sean Hamill report.
The synagogue has been closed since the shooting and the PG’s story highlights some of the tough decisions that people must make once mass murders exit the public conscience.
More than half of gun violence perpetrators and victims were found to have elevated levels of lead in their blood. High levels of lead in blood has been linked to violence in past studies.
Task at hand: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, announced the creation of a task force to address climate change in the state, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bill Glauber and Lee Bergquist report.
That’s after Evers’ executive order to end the use of fossil fuels in the state by 2050.
Planting se: CEOs from some of the largest agriculture companies in the world said Thursday in Des Moines that they are working to help farmers adapt to climate change, the Des Moines Register’s Donelle Eller reports.
Data driven: The state of Pennsylvania is weighing whether to comply with the Trump administration’s request for driver’s license data from the states, public radio station WESA’s Lucy Perkins reports.
Supreme Court decision barring him from asking a question about citizenship on the U.S.
Poor job: PolitiFact Wisconsin found the Democratic National Committee’s claim that Trump broke his promise to bring back manufacturing jobs was “Mostly False” after the Democrats cherry-picked statistics saying Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have lost the most manufacuring jobs in the past year.
In terms of raw totals, the two states have lost the most manufacturing jobs, but on a percentage basis, that is incorrect. The two states have seen a slight increase in manufacturing jobs since Trump took office in 2017.
Conor Lamb, a Pennsylvania Democrat, during a hotly contested 2018 special election is now part the foreign influence investigation involving Rudy Giuliani, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Julian Routh reports. Investigators are looking into a $325,000 donation to the America First Action Committee from “Global Energy Producers,” an LLC which has been tied to two Giuliani associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.
Paradise lost: In an interesting op-ed for the New York Times, Dan Kaufman lays out the place in Flyover country that would have been the ideal spot for Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, and Rep.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, to live. Both are democratic socialists and Kaufman, who grew up in Wisconsin, says they would have fit right in as Milwaukee residents during the early part of the 20th Century, when socialists ran the government.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg was in Chicago on Friday, per the Chicago Tribune. Buttigieg raised some controversy while there.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota was in Cedar Rapids, Sigourney, Crawfordsville, Wapello and Davenport, Iowa, on Friday; Dubuque, Waterloo, Mason City and Panora, Iowa, on Saturday; and Newton and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Sunday, per the Quad City Times and Des Moines Register.
John Delaney of Maryland was in North Liberty, Iowa, on Friday and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Sunday, per The Gazette.
Author Marianne Williamson will be in Grinnell and Mount Vernon, Iowa, on Saturday, per the Iowa State Daily.
Williamson will be in Elkader and Dubuque, Iowa, on Sunday and Dubuque again on Monday, per the campaign.
Harris will be in Waterloo and Marshalltown, Iowa, on Monday, per the campaign and the Des Moines Register’s candidate tracker. Harris will be in Cedar Rapids, Vinton and Iowa City on Tuesday, per the Des Moines Register’s candidate tracker.
Steyer will be in Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa, on Monday, per the campaign.
Steve Bullock will be in Harlan and Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Monday, per the campaign.Williamson will be in Iowa City, Iowa, on Tuesday, per the campaign.
Warren will be in Ames, Iowa, on Monday, and Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Tuesday, per the campaign.
The special election to replace now-resigned Rep.
“Communities are demanding their water be clean.
In the meantime, we still have no enforceable federal law.”
-Cincinnati attorney Rob Bilott, arguably the leading legal force in combating PFAS water contamination, during an appearance in Michigan last week.
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