AFSCME members restock Neighbors Inc. food shelf

Jen Guertin of AFSCME St. Paul Clerical Local 2508 loads food donations bound for Neighbors Inc. (AFSCME Council 5 photo)

AFSCME members helped restock a Dakota County food shelf during Council 5’s annual convention in Bloomington Sept. 11-13, raising $11,271 and collecting 539 pounds of groceries for Neighbors Inc. The food shelf assists more than 600 families each month in Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul. Food shelf director John Kemp […]

Dayton: Allegations of union payback ‘reckless, irresponsible and wrong’

Delegates cheer Gov. Mark Dayton's arrival on the floor of the AFSCME Council 5 convention.

BLOOMINGTON – Addressing 500-plus union activists dressed in T-shirts bearing his likeness, Gov. Mark Dayton took direct aim Saturday at accusations that his support for a new law extending collective bargaining rights to child care providers and home care workers amounts to “payback” for unions’ backing. Dayton called those allegations – a preferred talking point […]

Report: No earned sick time for 41 percent of Minnesota workers

Activists in St. Paul rallied in 2008 in support of expanding workers' access to paid sick time.

Four in 10 Minnesota workers face a choice between showing up for work sick and forfeiting a day’s pay. What’s more troubling, most of the 1.1 million Minnesotans who lack access to earned sick time off work in low-wage jobs. Those are among the findings of a report on earned sick time benefits, released today […]

Twin Cities fast-food workers strike for higher wages, union rights

Striking workers rally inside a McDonald's in Uptown Minneapolis.

Twenty-nine workers from 14 fast-food restaurants in the Twin Cities walked off the job today, joining a nationwide strike for higher pay and the right to organize a union without retaliation from their employers. Striking workers joined elected officials and supporters from the faith, labor and progressive community at demonstrations outside – and inside – […]

Twin Cities workers will join fast-food strikes nationwide

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The next wave of fast-food strikes will include Twin Cities workers. Organizers with CTUL, the low-wage workers’ center based in the Twin Cities, announced today that area fast-food workers will walk off the job Thursday, joining a nationwide campaign to raise wages and improve conditions for the industry’s frontline workers. CTUL has not announced which […]

Laborers’ inaugural family picnic raises $23,000 for charities

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The Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota hosted a family picnic for LIUNA members in Minneapolis’ Minnehaha Park on Aug. 16, featuring food, carnival games, a car and motorcycle show – and a big boost for local charities. The inaugural event raised over $23,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Upper […]

Bobby Kasper: Labor Day reminds us what’s at stake in November

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We are at another crossroad. The Minnesota labor movement holds its destiny in its own hands. In 2012 we ran one of the most successful political programs in the country. We took back the Minnesota House and Senate. We took back seats that our own polling said it was highly unlikely we would win. As […]

Sandy Pappas: Honoring the legacy of American workers

Senate President Sandy Pappas

Labor Day marks more than just the end of summer. It’s a celebration of American workers and the contributions they make to the strength, prosperity and economic well-being of our country. This Labor Day, the continued need for sustainable, living wage jobs is first and foremost on my mind. As a state legislator, the decisions […]

In Minneapolis, hundreds rally against Social Security’s closed-door policy

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (R) leads a rally outside the Social Security office in Minneapolis, which has reduced its service hours.

Doors to the Social Security Administration’s field office in Minneapolis were locked at 3 p.m. yesterday, and they could stay locked permanently – in Minneapolis and at field offices across the country – if the federal agency gets its way. That’s the warning sounded by federal workers rallying on the street outside the Chicago Avenue office […]

Home care workers win election, take momentum into contract talks

Pro-union home health care workers celebrate the results of their organizing election at the Minnesota AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion on the State Fairgrounds.

Home health care workers in Minnesota have spoken, and they voted decisively to form a union, the state’s Bureau of Mediation Services announced yesterday. Now the fight to improve the lives of home care workers and the people they serve shifts from the organizing field to the negotiation table – and back to the State […]

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