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Postal unions plan ‘Stop Staples’ protests April 24

Staples and the U.S. Postal Service have cut a deal that will replace full-service post offices with privately run post offices inside Staples stores. These knock-off post offices will not be staffed with Postal Service employees. This back-room deal jeopardizes the mail service, local post … [Continue Reading ...]

Nurses outside United Hospital, owned by Allina Health, stand in solidarity with nurses in negotiations with Allina at Regina Medical Center in Hastings.

Hastings nurses authorize strike as Allina sticks with second-rate offer

Union nurses are keeping the pressure on Allina Health to do right by their colleagues at Regina Medical Center in Hastings, where nurses voted yesterday to authorize their leadership to call a strike if contract talks break down. Meanwhile, about 100 nurses and supporters from the labor … [Continue Reading ...]

Minnesota Building and Construction Trades President Harry Melander addressed union members during a rally at the Capitol March 6.

Trades back measure putting teeth into bidding requirements

Public construction projects in Minnesota are awarded to the “lowest responsible bidder,” according to state law. But how do public agencies distinguish which bidders are responsible? It’s a question the state’s Building Trades unions want answered during the 2014 legislative session. With … [Continue Reading ...]

Applications for Minnesota Union Leadership Program accepted through May 23

The University of Minnesota Labor Education Service is accepting applications for the 2014-15 Minnesota Union Leadership Program, which will begin in September. The deadline to apply is May 23. Through six in-depth sessions scheduled over nine months, participants in the program will study the … [Continue Reading ...]

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Minnesota Building and Construction Trades President Harry Melander addressed union members during a rally at the Capitol March 6.

Trades back measure putting teeth into bidding requirements

Public construction projects in Minnesota are awarded to the “lowest responsible bidder,” according to state law. But how do public agencies distinguish which bidders are responsible? It’s a question the state’s Building Trades unions want answered during the 2014 … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Applications for Minnesota Union Leadership Program accepted through May 23

The University of Minnesota Labor Education Service is accepting applications for the 2014-15 Minnesota Union Leadership Program, which will begin in September. The deadline to apply is May 23. Through six in-depth sessions scheduled over nine months, participants in the program will study the … [Continue Reading ...]

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‘Untold Stories’ series to celebrate labor history with free public events

Untold Stories, the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library’s annual labor-history series, will focus this year on the struggles facing workers in the past and how they influence the issues of today. The free, public programs begin April 22 and wrap up May 14. A full programming guide is available … [Continue Reading ...]

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Union retirees plan annual fundraiser

The Minnesota State Retiree Council, AFL-CIO, will hold its Eleventh Annual Fund Raiser from 2 to 6 p.m. May 3 at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 10 Hall, 1681 Cope Ave., in Maplewood. Admission is free, and there will be free food, free parking and music. This is not an occasion for retirees … [Continue Reading ...]

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Woodbury forum to consider East Metro’s transportation challenges

"Pains, Trains & Automobiles," a forum and panel discussion in Woodbury March 18, will consider what can be done to improve Minnesota's transportation system, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of Washington County and the East Metro. The forum will run from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Genesis Room … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

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Bobby Kasper: Time for lawmakers to get minimum-wage increase done

Raising minimum wage to $9.50 per hour will improve the incomes of 357,000 working Minnesotans across the demographic spectrum. It would also improve the incomes of 202,000 working women. If we would have indexed Minnesota’s first minimum wage in 1973, $1.80 per hour, it would be approximately … [Continue Reading ...]

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Bernard Brommer: In minimum-wage debate, some myths just won’t go away

Legislation has been introduced that would provide a much needed increase in the minimum wage after many years of no action. The principal parties and the arguments have remained essentially the same since the inception of minimum-wage laws many decades ago. As we have learned over time, there … [Continue Reading ...]

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Shar Knutson: It’s time for Senate to act on minimum wage

When the Minnesota Legislature reconvenes on February 25th, lawmakers will be greeted by hundreds of people from Labor, Faith, Non-Profit, and Community Groups calling on them to increase Minnesota’s minimum wage to at least $9.50 per hour. The hundreds of Minnesotans gathered at the Capitol will … [Continue Reading ...]

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Josh Wise: Trade Promotion Authority puts U.S. on fast track to more job losses

When are Keith Ellison and Michele Bachmann on the same side of an issue? When it comes to standing up for separation of powers and Congress’ ability to oversee trade policy that has a massive effect on us as constituents. In separate letters released Nov. 13, Rep. Bachmann and all five … [Continue Reading ...]

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A stinging defeat on labor relations bill 75 years ago

The Minnesota Federation of Labor held an emergency special convention for the first time in its history April 3, 1939. On the agenda? How to defeat a labor-relations bill making its way through the Legislature that winter and considered by The Advocate to be “one of the most vicious anti-Labor … [Continue Reading ...]

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