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Retail janitors win agreement with Best Buy on eve of shareholder summit
June 14, 2016
A protest planned by retail janitors today outside Best Buy’s corporate headquarters turned into a celebration after executives agreed to partner with workers on efforts to ensure people who clean the company’...
Labor 2016 Campaign Schools
June 12, 2016
Your local Regional Labor Federation/Area Labor Council and the Minnesota AFL-CIO will kick off Labor 2016 this summer with campaign schools to train union activists and staff for the upcoming campaign to...
Labor 2016 Days of Action
June 12, 2016
Join your union brothers and sisters for doorknocking in support of Labor-endorsed candidates. Organized by your local Area Labor Council/Regional Labor Federation. August 17, 4:30 to 8:30pm - Thanks for a...
Nurses announce one-week strike starting June 19
June 9, 2016
Nurses will strike five Twin Cities Allina hospitals for a week, starting Sunday, June 19, the Minnesota Nurses Association announced. MNA said it has delivered the 10-day Notice of Intent to Strike to Allina...
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 ...
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