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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...
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 ...
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