Pilots picket at MSP, protest Sun Country’s ‘unacceptable’ offer

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In shifts of about 50, Sun Country pilots and their colleagues from other airlines marched silently in single file outside Terminal 2 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this afternoon. The informational picket, attended by virtually all of Sun Country’s 247 active pilots who were not flying or in training, put the Minnesota-based airline on notice […]

Not So Fast: Unions ramp up pressure on Congress to stop fast track

Fair trade activists handed out fliers outside Target Field Saturday.

More than a year after sending proponents of fast track back to the drawing board, Congress is poised to consider a modified version of the trade measure this spring. But unions and their allies in the fair-trade movement say the “new” fast track bill amounts to little more than lipstick on a pig. Like previous […]

Tax Day actions echo worldwide call for higher wages, union rights

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Fast food workers kicked off a Twin Cities-wide day of action for higher pay early this morning, going on strike for the third time in the last seven months. Although McDonald’s recently announced it would raise its minimum wage to $9 per hour, striking workers, organizing locally with the low-wage worker center CTUL, pledged to […]

Tellers, teachers, Somali immigrants take on big banks during St. Paul rally

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Been targeted with a high-pressure sales pitch at your bank recently? You’re not alone, according to a report released earlier this month exposing a “new era of predatory lending” in the industry. But Wells Fargo employee Michael Lewis offered this plea to frustrated customers yesterday: “The average bank workers, they want to work with you,” […]

Workers unite for safe staffing, job security: ‘We are the face of Allina’

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members picket outside United Hospital in St. Paul

After hundreds marched together outside Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis yesterday, the picket line shifted to United Hospital in St. Paul today, as health care workers kept the pressure on Allina Health to get serious about contract negotiations with their union, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. Workers like Dave Young, a nursing assistant at United, want Allina […]

AFSCME members defend public service during Council 5’s Day on Hill rally

David Ruth, a mental health worker in Cambridge, calls for safe staffing levels at the state's hospitals and group homes during AFSCME Council 5's Day on the Hill rally.

  “Everyone in this room is an expert in public service,” AFSCME Council 5 Executive Director Eliot Seide told nearly 1,000 members of the union during its Day on the Hill rally yesterday. “You’ve forgotten more than (politicians) will ever know.” After the rally, held at a downtown St. Paul hotel, union members bused to […]

Attack on Maplewood nurses prompts legislation to prevent future assaults

Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell listens to RN Mary McGiven's testimony in a Senate committee hearing.

Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell warned senators on the Health, Human Services and Housing Committee that the video footage he would show in their hearing yesterday, taken during a patient’s attack on nurses at St. John’s Hospital last year, was disturbing and violent. The footage showed a typical hospital workstation that, in an instant and […]

Minnesota AFL-CIO calls on Bloomington to drop charges against MOA protesters

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Minnesota’s largest labor federation today added its voice to the chorus of community, faith and progressive groups calling on Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson to drop criminal charges against 11 Black Lives Matter members arrested at the Mall of America in December. The Minnesota AFL-CIO, which represents more than 1,000 local unions with 300,000 members […]

Picketers: Walmart’s raising wages, so why won’t Target?

Demonstrators march outside Target's headquarters on Nicollet Mall.

Activists picketed outside Target Corp.’s headquarters downtown Minneapolis yesterday, calling on CEO Brian Cornell to make raising wages for frontline workers a part of the company’s massive restructuring effort. Organizers of 15 Now, a grassroots movement working to raise the minimum wage in Minneapolis, looked to pressure Target into following the lead of its primary […]

Labor urges Congress to pump the brakes on fast track

U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison and Rick Nolan host a field hearing on trade at Richfield City Hall.

Unions are joining a national day of action to stop fast track March 4, and two members of Congress from Minnesota got an earful as to why last week at a field hearing in Richfield. DFL Reps. Keith Ellison and Rick Nolan heard testimony from trade experts, union leaders, business owners and advocates for family […]

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