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

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

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 community staged informational picketing outside Allina-owned United Hospital […]

Nurses at Plymouth care center go union


Registered nurses at WestHealth Emergency Department and Urgent Care voted Feb. 13 in favor of joining the Minnesota Nurses Association, a health care facility based in Plymouth and operated by Abbott Northwestern. In the unit of 32 nurses, 92 percent voted in favor of joining MNA in balloting conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. […]

St. Paul Schools, teachers reach tentative agreement

Teachers and supporters rallied Tuesday outside a meeting of the St. Paul Board of Education.

Three days before members of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers were scheduled to take a strike-authorization vote, negotiators for the school district and the teachers’ union reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract that will run through the 2014-15 school year. Teachers planned a ratification vote for March 4, and the union’s executive […]

NLRB proposes rule changes to modernize, streamline organizing elections


Seeking to hasten an organizing process ripe for obstruction and fraught with delays, the National Labor Relations Board today proposed changes to the rules governing elections that determine union representation in most U.S. workplaces. The NLRB, the federal agency that oversees union-organizing elections, voted 3-2 in favor of pursuing the rule change. In a press […]

Allina stonewalls Hastings nurses as contract talks continue

Nurses picket outside Regina Medical Center in advance of contract negotiations. (photo courtesy MNA)

Negotiations on a new contract are dragging into the new year, but nurses at Regina Medical Center in Hastings, members of the Minnesota Nurses Association, continue to resist Allina Health’s effort to treat them differently than nurses in every other Allina hospital in the Twin Cities Metro Area. The two sides returned to the bargaining […]

UPDATED: Teamsters authorize strike at St. Paul Park refinery


Workers at Northern Tier refinery in St. Paul Park voted Dec. 16 to authorize their leadership to call a strike if the company continues to demand cuts that, workers say, “could dramatically undermine the safety of operations” at the facility. Northern Tier is in contract negotiations with about 200 members of Teamsters Local 120 who […]

St. Paul teachers’ staffing, class-size concerns now on the table in contract talks

Lawn signs in support of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers’ contract campaign popped up across the city last month. The signs supporters to personalize their message and, as a result, reflect the broad-based, community outreach that went into drafting the union’s bargaining priorities.

For the first time in the current round of contract talks with the St. Paul Federation of Teachers, negotiators for the St. Paul Public Schools last month agreed to put two key issues for teachers – class sizes and specialist staffing – on the table. Although the district’s proposal did not draw a favorable response […]

At MSP Airport, workers use heavy travel day to rally for better wages

Airport workers and their supporters march outside Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport during a week of action targeting low-wage employers.

On one of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s busiest days of the year, the low-wage workers who make holiday travel happen put the public on notice they will no longer settle for poverty-level wages. Airport workers and their supporters – about 100 people total – rallied outside the arrivals area of Terminal 1, showing support for […]

Bouyed by prayers, workers return to Brooklyn Center Walmart after one-day strike

Supporters from the faith community pray for April Williams' safe return to her job at the Brooklyn Center Walmart.

One day after exercising her legally protected right to strike, April Williams walked back into the Brooklyn Center Walmart for her scheduled shift this morning. But Williams did not take that walk alone. In the parking lot outside the store, about 25 people, including eight clergy members, huddled around Williams, praying for a safe return […]

Walmart workers go on strike in Brooklyn Center, kick off week of action for better wages

Labor, faith and community supporters picket outside Walmart in Brooklyn Center as three associates inside inform their manager they are going on strike.

The nationwide wave of Walmart strikes hit Minnesota this morning, when three women who work at the Brooklyn Center store informed management they were going on an unfair-labor-practices strike. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and Rev. Doug Mork of nearby Cross of Glory Lutheran Church accompanied the workers into the store, and dozens of supporters from […]


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