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House Republicans failed working Minnesotans
May 23, 2016
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on the conclusion of the 2016 legislative session: “Eleven weeks ago, working Minnesotans had high expectations for their legislators....
Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave Coalition Statement on Star Tribune Editorial
May 20, 2016
In response to today’s Star Tribune Editorial, the Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave Coalition issued the following statement: "Paid Family and Medical Leave remains an enormously popular, common sense...
Advocates hope for last-minute conversion on paid family leave
May 17, 2016
Leaders of a variety of faiths surrounded Pastor Matt Bersagel as he called on the Minnesota House to address paid family leave legislation in the waning days of the 2016 session. “We’re asking for open hearts...
Unions call on Legislature to pass bonding bill
May 16, 2016
With only a week to go in the 2016 legislative session, union leaders are urging lawmakers to get serious about passage of a bonding bill to fund important infrastructure projects. Bonding would also create an...
AFL-CIO picks Minnesota to debut course in strategic research
May 11, 2016
In union-organizing and contract campaigns, information is power. And a first-of-its-kind training in Minnesota this week aims to equip more unions with the skills needed to access – and utilize – information...
Metro Transit workers vote to accept contract proposal
May 10, 2016
In balloting held Sunday and Monday, Metro Transit workers accepted a proposed two-year contract with annual wage increases of 2.25 percent. The contract, which covers about 2,400 members of Amalgamated...
Minnesotans picket in solidarity with Verizon strikers
May 8, 2016
About 50 Twin Cities area union members marched with picket signs outside a Verizon Wireless retail store, showing solidarity with 39,000 Verizon workers who are on strike on the nation’s East Coast. The local...
Time for Republicans to stop playing politics with jobs & infrastructure
May 6, 2016
The Minnesota Senate, yesterday, fell one Republican vote short of passing a $1.5 billion statewide jobs and infrastructure bill. In this unprecedented move, 20 Senate Republicans voted against legislation...
VIDEO: Pregnant Mom Discusses TPP Food Safety Fears
May 6, 2016
As Mother’s Day approaches, the AFL-CIO released a video featuring a pregnant mom who’s concerned that the secrecy around food labeling and regulations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could negatively...
Trump Seems to Be Fine with Outsourcing to "Right to Work" States
May 4, 2016
Not surprisingly, Donald Trump trashed the North American Free Trade Agreement and outsourcing in his Hoosier primary victory speech, which was typically long on style and short on substance. “We’re going to ...
Friedrichs is history (maybe), but Minnesota workers aren’t letting their guard down
May 3, 2016
Labor History Month kicked off in St. Paul last night with a discussion of history in the making, as panelists offered insight into public-sector workers’ recent push to breath new life into their unions and...
Hospital workers take a stand for paid sick time
May 3, 2016
Nurses and hospital workers today added their voices to the call for guaranteed access to earned sick and safe time for all workers, urging members of the Minneapolis City Council to take up a robust citywide...
Job Opening: Bi-Lingual Spanish External Organizer, BCTGM Local 22
April 29, 2016
The Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) Local 22 is seeking a full-time Bi-Lingual, Spanish speaking External Organizer. The applicant would and support and lead diverse...
Negotiations stall at Mayo Clinic hospital in Albert Lea
April 20, 2016
Workers at Mayo Clinic Health System-Albert Lea Hospital held an informational picket to protest management proposals that they say would set back employees, the hospital and the community. Monday’s picketing...
NLRB backs workers at Trustone Credit Union
April 17, 2016
TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union broke the law when it closed two branch offices staffed by union employees, reopened two new branches nearby, and then declared the new locations would be non-union....
Workers OK first contract, making Wedge first union co-op in Minnesota
April 6, 2016
Workers at the Wedge voted Tuesday to ratify their first union contract, making the Minneapolis grocer the state’s first unionized co-op. Wedge Community Co-op workers voted last November to join United Food...
AFSCME members defend public services during annual lobbying day
April 5, 2016
No one knows more about public services in Minnesota than the workers who deliver them, and state lawmakers had access to an abundance of wisdom today during AFSCME Council 5’s annual lobbying blitz. “The...
Lawmakers urged to keep passenger rail on track
April 5, 2016
A small investment by state lawmakers today could move passenger rail between the Twin Cities and Duluth closer to reality – and strengthen Minnesota’s entire transportation system, unions and other supporters...
Drazkowski threatens to derail state contracts with Right to Work ‘poison pill’
April 1, 2016
It’s fair to say state Rep. Steve Drazkowski has a reputation for advancing extreme ideas. He’s supported logging in Minnesota’s state parks and eliminating the Pay Equity Act, even floated the idea of ...
Faculty blast U’s attempt to delay union vote with legal appeal
March 31, 2016
The University of Minnesota is asking the state Court of Appeals to slow down a historic union-organizing effort among faculty at the Twin Cities campus. Union supporters today branded the university’s...
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