Parental leave policy a ‘giant leap forward’ for City of St. Paul employees

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April VanMassenhove gave birth to her second child, Miles, last Tuesday. A clerical worker in the City of St. Paul’s Public Works department, VanMassenhove will exhaust her paid-sick days, then her vacation time and, finally, land on short-term disability in order to maintain an income while she cares for her newborn son. Fortunately for parents-to-be […]

NLRB: North Memorial responded to staffing campaign with harassment, retaliation

Union nurses and health care workers picketed outside North Memorial June 26.

North Memorial Hospital illegally retaliated against union nurses and health care workers who participated in a campaign to fight staffing cuts and protect patient safety at the Robbinsdale hospital, according to a complaint issued this week by the Minneapolis-based Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board. The complaint finds merit to charges of unfair […]

TakeAction employees unionize, join Newspaper & Communications Guild

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Employees at TakeAction Minnesota, the progressive-advocacy group based in St. Paul, came together to form a union last week, joining the Minnesota Newspaper & Communications Guild, TNG-CWA Local 37002. TakeAction employees conducted their organizing campaign under the terms of a “card check” neutrality agreement with their employer. More than two dozen employees signed cards requesting […]

Staff at two St. Paul charter schools are back to school, union strong

More than 100 teachers and support staff at Community School of Excellence in St. Paul voted to form a union with Education Minnesota last June. Activists in the union drive included (L to R) Mee Yang, Casey Seeling, Bong Xiong and Billie Yang.

The state that introduced charter school legislation to the country has its first union of charter-school employees, as teachers from two St. Paul schools returned to the classroom this fall as members of Education Minnesota. About two dozen teachers at Twin Cities German Immersion School, a K-8th grade charter located at 1031 Como Ave., voted […]

Airport workers confront Delta CEO during Minneapolis luncheon

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Three workers interrupted Delta CEO Richard Anderson’s speech before a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday in Minneapolis. They questioned why Anderson’s salary increased to over $14 million last year, while workers who assist Delta passengers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport struggle to make ends meet. “Mr. Anderson, Delta is making record profits, yet wheelchair agents […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fairview Lakes nurses make progress on staffing with contract

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WYOMING, Minn. – After leading a campaign to raise awareness of potential threats to safe patient care at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, nurses at the Chisago County facility voted yesterday to ratify a new contract that makes progress for both nurses and patients. Nurses at Fairview Lakes are represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association, which […]

Laborers press Minnetonka school board to investigate child-labor charges

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Laborers Local 563 today called on the Minnetonka School Board to commission an independent investigation into possible violations of state and federal child-labor laws stemming from construction work at district’s Scenic Heights Elementary School. Earlier this month, the Laborers notified state and federal regulators, as well as the school district, that a minor was apparently […]

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