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Low-wage workers chalk up another victory as CTUL members win union
October 14, 2016
For the past decade, workers in fast food, retail and other low-wage industries have been pushing back against the notion they are condemned to jobs with lousy pay, no benefits and poor working conditions. In...
Nurses take over street outside Allina board member’s St. Paul office
October 5, 2016
Striking nurses poured into the streets of downtown St. Paul today and joined a boisterous, traffic-snarling rally outside Securian Center, the high-rise building that houses Allina Health board member David...
Cottage Grove Steelworkers overwhelmingly reject 3M’s contract proposal
October 5, 2016
Two days after voting 3M’s contract proposal down, Steelworkers at the company’s Cottage Grove chemicals plant are putting their informational picket lines back up. Members of United Steelworkers Local 11-...
Study shows $15 wage would help workers while not harming business
October 5, 2016
Results of a minimum wage study commissioned by the Minneapolis City Council show that a $15 minimum wage phased in by 2021 would lift wages for 71,000 workers – many of them people of color – with no...
2016 Political Endorsements
October 4, 2016
The following candidates have been endorsed by the Minnesota AFL-CIO for the 2016 election. You can vote early by mail or in-person. You can also register to vote at the polls on Election Day, November 8....
Nurses vote to continue strike against Allina
October 3, 2016
Nurses employed at five Allina Health facilities will continue an open-ended strike that began on Labor Day, the Minnesota Nurses Association announced. The union held a late evening news conference Monday at...
In contract talks, home care workers hope to address crisis facing state, industry
September 28, 2016
Minnesota’s home care workers are set to begin negotiating a new union contract Friday. At a Capitol press conference today, workers and their clients framed the talks as an opportunity for the state to begin...
Governor, unions call on members to vote Nov. 8
September 27, 2016
Governor Mark Dayton recounted his record in office to the Minnesota AFL-CIO convention Tuesday – and urged union members to turn out to vote Nov. 8. The importance of the November elections was a recurring...
VIDEO: What it's really like working for Donald Trump
September 15, 2016
UNITE HERE members who work at Trump hotels speak out against Donald Trump - "Less pay. No respect. More abuse." That's what it's like working for Donald Trump.
Striking nurses call on Allina to return to bargaining table
September 6, 2016
One day into their open-ended strike, members of the Minnesota Nurses Association called on Allina Health to return to the bargaining table and “bring experienced nurses back to the bedside.” MNA leaders held...
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...
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