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Nurses reject Allina’s contract offer, authorize leadership to call strike
June 7, 2016
Nurses at four Allina Health facilities in the Twin Cities area are preparing to strike after a “super majority” of union members voted to reject the health care provider’s latest contract offer. The vote...
Bloomington teachers end school year without contract
June 3, 2016
Bloomington teachers are ending the 2015-2016 school year and they’re still without a new contract that should have been in place at the start of the school year. The school board initially proposed a two-year...
Workers at Minnesota Public Radio vote to unionize
June 2, 2016
Workers at Minnesota Public Radio have voted in favor of union representation by SAG-AFTRA, the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board, Marlin Osthus, announced Thursday. The vote was 39 in...
Big Gains for Striking Verizon Workers in New Agreement
May 31, 2016
Communications Workers of America (CWA) issued the following statement in response to the agreement reached between striking workers and Verizon last week: Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers who have been on strike...
Minneapolis passes earned sick and safe time ordinance
May 27, 2016
The Minneapolis City Council made history Friday by passing the state’s first ordinance requiring employers to provide earned sick and safe time. The action followed a massive campaign led by workers of color...
Session ends without bonding bill or transportation package
May 24, 2016
Labor leaders are expressing disappointment that the 2016 Legislature failed to approve either a comprehensive transportation package or bonding for much-needed infrastructure investments. As Sunday’s midnight...
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...
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