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Community backs St. Paul teachers’ call for progress in contract talks
February 17, 2016
Parents, students and community members rallied with members of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers outside school buildings across the city this morning, demanding progress in contract talks between SPFT and...
Retail cleaners recover over $400,000 through lawsuit
February 16, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS - Non-union janitors who are sub-contracted to clean Macy’s and Herberger’s stores announced a settlement Tuesday for $425,000 in back wages and damages as part of a class action lawsuit against...
Hamline University Adjuncts Vote Overwhelmingly To Ratify First Union Contract
February 15, 2016
St. Paul – Adjunct faculty at Hamline University voted to ratify their historic first contract with the University on Friday evening after a full day of voting. The contract, reached in December, was called a...
Officers urge transit workers to reject contract offer
February 10, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS - The executive board of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 is recommending that members vote “no” and reject a “final” contract offer from Metro Transit in balloting that will take place this...
White House summit lifts up Minnesota worker success stories
February 9, 2016
When President Obama called a Worker Voice Summit at the White House last October, he pledged his administration would hold regional summits across the country in 2016 to continue the conversation about common...
Stop the TPP
February 8, 2016
The Trans-Pacific Partnership will put Americans out of work, destroy environmental protections and increase prescription drug prices. Call Congress and tell them to oppose the TPP. CALL CONGRESS at 1-855-...
Ice shanty project showcases artistry of trades workers
February 7, 2016
WHITE BEAR LAKE - “Welcome to the Boiler Room Shanty, celebrating the people and pipes that keep us warm!” With those words, Clara Schiller greets visitors to her shanty on While Bear Lake. But it’s not the...
Nurses rally as negotiations open with Allina hospitals
February 7, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS - Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association rallied in solidarity Saturday as 6,000 registered nurses represented by the MNA enter negotiations with the Allina hospital system. The Allina nurses...
Community support gives North Branch teachers momentum as contract talks resume
February 5, 2016
North Branch teachers rallied with supporters on back-to-back days this week, sending a clear message to school board members and administrators before contract negotiations resumed today. “We’re not in this...
NLRB Judge Rules Walmart Wrongly Fired Strikers
January 29, 2016
An administrative law judge at the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Walmart retaliated against workers for participating in strikes. Walmart claimed that the workers' actions were not protected...
Minnesota Union Membership Held Steady in 2015
January 28, 2016
St. Paul – Minnesota’s union membership rate held steady at 14.2 percent of the workforce in 2015 with 363,000 working Minnesotans belonging to a union. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) annual survey of...
Transit union cites lack of progress in contract talks
January 26, 2016
Nearly six months past a July 31, 2015 contract expiration date, protracted negotiations continue for a new contract between Metro Transit and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005. Negotiators from both sides...
New Report: A Year of the Raising Wages Agenda
January 21, 2016
Marking nearly one year since the first-ever Raising Wages Summit, the AFL-CIO today released a new report detailing the successes, struggles and path ahead to raise wages for working people. The report,...
Statement on Governor Dayton’s Jobs Bill
January 15, 2016
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on Governor Mark Dayton’s proposal to create nearly 40,000 family sustaining jobs: “With his jobs bill, Governor Dayton continues to...
Nurses and five hospital systems reach tentative agreement
January 15, 2016
Twin Cities nurses represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract with five of the six hospital systems. Nurses will vote on the settlement Tuesday...
Obama wrong on trade, advocates say
January 13, 2016
President Obama used Tuesday’s State of the Union address to call for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal during the last year of his administration. Advocates of fair trade say they will...
Workers speak out about what’s at stake in Supreme Court case
January 8, 2016
A Minnesota firefighter, school custodian and special education teacher said fair treatment on the job and the quality of public services are at stake in a case the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Monday. Workers...
Rally supports worker who is face of SuperAmerica campaign
December 10, 2015
ST. CLOUD - Workers and allies rallied Wednesday in support of Makaida Alexander, a SuperAmerica worker who they say has faced retaliation for leading a campaign for better wages and working conditions. The...
St. Paul teachers will strike if violence in schools not addressed
December 9, 2015
ST. PAUL - St. Paul teachers are willing to strike if the school district does not address violence in schools, St. Paul Federation of Teachers President Denise Rodriguez said. Her statement follows an...
Statement on $1.2 billion state budget surplus
December 3, 2015
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy issued the following statement on the announcement that the state budget now has a $1.2 billion surplus: “Today’s state budget forecast is great news for Minnesotans....
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