Postal unions plan ‘Stop Staples’ protests April 24

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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 offices and thousands of middle class jobs, postal workers say. […]

Coalition delivers 7,000 postcards to state senators urging action on minimum wage

Organizers of the Raise the Wage Coalition hold a press conference before delivering postcards to state senators.

Supporters of raising the state’s minimum wage – and indexing it to keep up with the cost of living – kept the pressure on state senators today, delivering more than 7,000 postcards from constituents demanding action. The postcards are the product of conversations with Minnesotans that began, Raise the Wage Coalition spokesperson Jennifer Munt said, […]

School board to senators: Raise minimum wage to boost student achievement

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School board members weighed into the minimum-wage debate this week, when all seven members of St. Paul’s Board of Education signed a letter urging state senators to help close achievement gaps in their district by supporting a substantial wage hike this session. Louise Seeba, a board member and AFSCME Local 3757 member, spearheaded efforts to […]

With skyway march, activists put bullseye on Target’s poverty wages

Retail cleaning workers and other supporters of raising the state's minimum wage march in silence through the Target downtown Minneapolis.

One day after a rally in support of raising Minnesota’s minimum wage rocked the Capitol rotunda, nearly 100 activists took their message to the skyways of Minneapolis, calling on Target and other corporations to join the fight against poverty wages. The lunch-hour march yesterday snaked through the skyways and into Target’s flagship store. Inside, demonstrators […]

Canadian Pacific’s restructuring sparks safety concerns among workers

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“It’s an accident waiting to happen.” That’s rail worker Corey Plath’s assessment of Canadian Pacific Railway under the direction of CEO Hunter Harrison, who has made a career of cutting costs and, union members say, cutting corners when it comes to the safety of workers and the public. Plath and fellow Minnesota-based members of the […]

Community rallies behind teachers’ campaign for ‘schools our kids deserve’

Supporters line the sidewalk outside St. Paul Public Schools headquarters during a rally in support of the teachers' contract campaign.

Wearing red scarves, hats and shirts to show their solidarity with union teachers, families packed the parking lot outside St. Paul Public Schools headquarters yesterday during a rally in support of smaller class sizes, expanded pre-kindergarten and other community-driven priorities teachers have brought to the table in contract negotiations with the district. “Parents are standing […]

Education Summit leaves teachers, parents on the outside looking in

Jenny Warner, a parent of two students in the Minneapolis Public Schools, joins the demonstration outside the Education Summit.

Parents, students and other activists demonstrated this morning outside a hotel downtown St. Paul, site of a business-backed conference on education reform that featured Michelle Rhee, a prominent national voice for weakening the influence of teachers and their unions. Not surprisingly, presenters at the Education Summit, sponsored by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, did not […]

Parents, students support teachers’ walk-in demonstrations across St. Paul

St. Paul teachers and their supporters join a "walk-in" demonstration at American Indian Magnet school in the city's Dayton's Bluff neighborhood.

On days when the cold or snow delays the start of school, some students trickle into Ryan Long’s classroom at American Indian Magnet school, while others stay home altogether. Sadly, it’s on these rare occasions that Long and other St. Paul teachers glimpse what it’s like teaching a manageable class size of students. “All of […]

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 […]

Steel mill’s expansion leaves St. Paul Pipefitters out in the cold

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State and local taxpayers are backing a $50 million expansion project underway at Gerdau’s St. Paul steel mill with a package of incentives, grants and forgivable loans. But members of St. Paul Pipefitters Local 455 say the project has left local workers out in the cold. The dispute stems from Gerdau’s decision to accept a […]

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