Minnesota United video board techs win union election

After an organizing drive that drew support from Loons players and fans, elected officials and the labor community, Minnesota United FC’s video board technicians have won their union, voting to join Local 745 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). The National Labor … [Continue Reading ...]

State AFL-CIO convention spotlights worker power, political goals

Labor leaders and activists from across the state gathered in St. Paul this week for the Minnesota AFL-CIO's 56th constitutional convention, looking to tap into the energy of a recent wave of union-organizing victories as they make a united political push this fall. Several of the federation’s … [Continue Reading ...]

Dems’ climate measure ties tax credits to prevailing wage, apprenticeship

The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden in August, promises the most aggressive action to combat climate change in U.S. history, a $369 billion investment that aims to reduce carbon emissions by 40% this decade. But what most excites some union leaders about the IRA … [Continue Reading ...]

Nurses’ picket lines swell with community, labor support

The Minnesota Nurses Association’s trademark red radiated from picket lines outside Twin Cities hospitals during the union’s three-day strike Sept. 12-14, but nurses were far from alone. Elected officials, union leaders and supporters from the community bolstered nurses’ ranks, honking horns, … [Continue Reading ...]

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Dems’ climate measure ties tax credits to prevailing wage, apprenticeship

The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden in August, promises the most aggressive action to combat climate change in U.S. history, a $369 billion investment that aims to reduce carbon emissions by 40% this decade. But what most excites some union … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Nurses’ picket lines swell with community, labor support

The Minnesota Nurses Association’s trademark red radiated from picket lines outside Twin Cities hospitals during the union’s three-day strike Sept. 12-14, but nurses were far from alone. Elected officials, union leaders and supporters from the community bolstered nurses’ ranks, honking horns, … [Continue Reading ...]

‘Sky’s the limit’ as women workers revive Minnesota’s CLUW chapter

Outrage over the Supreme Court decision rescinding women’s right to an abortion has sparked interest among a growing number of local union members in the Coalition of Labor Union Women. CLUW is a constituency group affiliated with the AFL-CIO that offers space and support for women in the labor … [Continue Reading ...]

Staffing crisis prompts school employees to ask for support, patience

As public schools across Minnesota scramble to fill open positions before classes resume, union members coming back to work this fall asked families for patience, and called on school leaders to offer more incentives – financial and professional – to ease the staffing shortage. “The working … [Continue Reading ...]

Women Building Success celebrates tradeswomen at awards ceremony

Union tradeswomen and labor leaders gathered June 1 in White Bear Lake for the Women Building Success Awards, a celebration of local apprentices, journey workers and advocates for women pursuing careers in the construction trades. Women Building Success (WBS) is a Minnesota organization founded … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Jamie Gulley: Time is right to organize ‘unions for all’

As we celebrated Labor Day this year, it felt like there was some wind at the backs of working people and our unions. Don’t get me wrong, we still are facing unprecedented challenges and well-funded opposition who would love nothing more than for us to no longer exist, but there is a spark evident … [Continue Reading ...]

Electric Machinery workers rally in Minneapolis: ‘Two percent isn’t going to cut it’

Members of IUE-CWA Local 1140 held an informational rally outside WEG Electric Machinery in northeast Minneapolis yesterday to show management their solidarity – and to clear up a potential misconception. “The company seems to think this is bargaining as usual,” Local 1140 representative Richard … [Continue Reading ...]

Peter Rachleff: Labor Day roots trace to St. Paul’s East Side

Most of us, from St. Paul workers and labor activists to labor historians like me, have been unaware of the role that St. Paul workers played in the establishment of the Labor Day holiday. In April 1894, railroad workers from Montana to Chicago struck the Great Northern Railroad. Owner James J. … [Continue Reading ...]

Kera Peterson: Organizing surge shows what’s possible at the polls

We’ve all seen the headlines: From Amazon warehouses to hospitals and clinics, from bookstores to coffee shops, we are in the midst of a historic upswing of labor organizing. Working people in Minnesota and across the country are coming together to fight for better wages, safer workspaces, and … [Continue Reading ...]