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Nurses, allies crowd picket lines on first day of strike
September 5, 2016
Morganna Moon and Lou Ann Uhr spent 22 hours in negotiations Friday with Allina Health, then joined hundreds of their colleagues Monday on the picket line at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. “We tried everything...
Unions play significant role in boosting income for people of color, new report shows
September 2, 2016
As the Twin Cities struggle with how to address racial disparities in income, a new report offers evidence that labor unions provide an important path up the economic ladder for people of color. Just in time...
Allina nurses announce Labor Day strike deadline, as unions statewide pledge support
August 26, 2016
Standing with leaders of unions representing workers across Minnesota, members of the Minnesota Nurses Association today announced they have delivered notice to Allina Health of their intent to begin an open-...
Northern Minnesota and east metro grocery workers ratify contracts
August 5, 2016
Some 4,400 workers employed by grocery stores in the Twin Cities east metro and northern Minnesota have ratified new contracts, their union announced. Approximately 1,400 workers covered by the Arrowhead...
Nurses say Allina talks are over, another strike possible
August 2, 2016
The Minnesota Nurses Association will take an offer from Allina Health to members later this month, but say the company has refused to bargain in good faith and another strike by 4,800 registered nurses is...
Retail janitors receive payment for stolen wages
August 1, 2016
Retail janitors employed by Capital Building Services Group to clean Macy’s and Herberger’s stores around the Twin Cities have received their settlement payments from a wage theft lawsuit totaling $425,000....
Working Peoples' Voices Lifted at the Democratic National Convention: A Recap
July 29, 2016
Working people and the issues we care about have been a prominent part of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week. The program has been filled with union leaders and members, members of...
Unity Hospital workers take their case to the top
July 26, 2016
Workers seeking a fair contract at Unity Hospital in Fridley took their case directly to Allina Health CEO Penny Wheeler Monday, delivering a letter to company headquarters in Minneapolis. Timothy Kohls,...
Three Points About the Republican Convention and the Fate of American Democracy
July 22, 2016
Working people in unions are uniquely positioned to demand and defend democracy—government by all the people. Working people know that only in a democracy do we have a chance to be heard. And so today, after...
USW wins historic first contract for Twin Ports doctors
July 19, 2016
In an historic organizing victory, medical professionals – including medical doctors – at the Lake Superior Community Health Center in Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., have ratified their first contract and...
Donald Trump's VP Pick Proves He Doesn't Stand with Working Families
July 15, 2016
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to Donald Trump choosing former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate: "Congratulations to Donald Trump on the second worst...
American Federation of Teachers convention coming to Minneapolis
July 12, 2016
More than 3,000 educators will gather at the Minneapolis convention center July 18-21 for the annual convention of the American Federation of Teachers. The event will feature an address by Democratic...
Trump: A Complete Fraud On Trade
June 29, 2016
In a new video, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka calls out Donald Trump for his complete hypocrisy on trade. While Trump makes grand promises on trade, his history tells us a different story.
Nurses end strike, but questions remain
June 26, 2016
Nurses ended their weeklong strike at five Twin Cities Allina Health facilities on Sunday, but no resolution is in sight in contract negotiations that began last February. The Minnesota Nurses Association ...
Trades picket school projects in Waconia
June 24, 2016
Heat and Frost Insulators Local 34, supported by other Building Trades unions, began an informational picket at Bayview and Southview elementary schools in Waconia Thursday to let the public know that...
Striking nurses highlight violence they suffer on the job
June 23, 2016
On day four of a seven-day strike by members of the Minnesota Nurses Association, nurses who work for Allina Health highlighted the workplace violence issues they face every day — issues which they say Allina...
After tumultuous month, staff at St. Paul charter school near first contract
June 23, 2016
Earlier this month, teachers at Community School of Excellence in St. Paul pushed back against administrators’ plan to cut classroom programming and lay off personnel, including most members of the fledgling...
Some 5,000 nurses on strike at Allina facilities
June 19, 2016
Nearly 5,000 nurses employed by Allina Health began a seven-day strike Sunday morning, setting up picket lines outside five metro-area facilities. The walkout is taking place at Unity, Abbott Northwestern and...
East Metro grocery workers reject ‘final offer,’ urge continued negotiations
June 17, 2016
In a nearly unanimous vote yesterday, East Metro grocery workers rejected a hastily crafted “final offer” from their employers. About 3,700 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189 began...
AFL-CIO Votes to Endorse Hillary Clinton for President
June 16, 2016
The General Board of the 12.5 million member AFL-CIO voted today to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. The endorsement reflects a comprehensive, democratic process initiated a year ago...
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