Congress is pushing legislation right now that would "Fast Track" the Trans-Pacific Partnership—a secretive agreement negotiated behind closed doors by government bureaucrats and more than 600 corporate lobbyists.

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It’s the little things: the smiles from Minnesota’s top political leaders as they walk in and out of the governor’s residence in St. Paul, a double thumbs-up from a state lawmaker as he exits a meeting, brief glimpses of negotiators sharing lighthearted conversation in the foyer. 

It’s not much, but it’s all reporters got at the end of three full days of negotiations between tight-lipped state leaders as they try to close a deal on the state’s two-year, $40 billion budget and figure out how to spend a nearly $2 billion budget surplus.

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., joined a group of senators in urging the United States Trade Representative to include strong labor protections as part of the negotiation over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying that many parts of the proposed agreement currently fall short of acceptable standards.

UFCW Local 1189 will be sponsoring its first annual team doubles disc golf tournament on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.  Tournament will take place at Kaposia Park, 1028 Wilde Ave, South St. Paul, MN  55075.  Tee-off will take place at 3:00 p.m.  Cost is $30 per team ($15 per person) and a portion of the entry fee will be donated to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.  Singles will be paired at the course.  Local 1189 will supply charcoal for grilling and drinks.  Please contact Abraham Wangnoo at Local 1189 for further information.