Union election begins for over 400 Planned Parenthood workers

Over 400 Planned Parenthood workers in five states, including Minnesota, will begin voting by mail this week in a union organizing election. The National Labor Relations Board will tally votes July 21. Frontline workers at Planned Parenthood North Central States’ 28 facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, … [Continue Reading ...]

After March strike, MN Epilepsy Group workers settle contract that preserves longevity pay

Union members at Minnesota Epilepsy Group (MEG) went on strike last March to defend the hard-fought, longevity-based wage scale in their contract. This week they claimed victory, ratifying a new agreement that will continue rewarding workers for their longevity with the company. The contract … [Continue Reading ...]

Unions decry Supreme Court ruling, urge action to protect abortion access

Minnesota’s highest-ranking union officer added to the chorus of labor voices decrying the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, eliminating the federal right to abortion. “Reproductive rights are workers’ rights,” Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bernie Burnham … [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 ...]

Feature Story

Unions decry Supreme Court ruling, urge action to protect abortion access

Minnesota’s highest-ranking union officer added to the chorus of labor voices decrying the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, eliminating the federal right to abortion. “Reproductive rights are workers’ rights,” Minnesota AFL-CIO … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

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 ...]

Unions’ pre-apprenticeship program puts more Minnesotans on path to construction careers

Thirty-five Minnesotans are a big step closer to family-sustaining careers in the unionized construction industry after graduating from the Building Strong Communities program last week. Elected officials, union leaders, employers and family members gathered for a ceremony May 5 at North Hennepin … [Continue Reading ...]

Unions honor fallen tradespeople on Workers Memorial Day

Twin Cities Building Trades councils observed Workers Memorial Day with a ceremony on the Capitol grounds today, remembering union tradespeople who died from workplace injuries and illnesses over the past year and rededicating their organizations to the cause of safer worksites. "Every worker, … [Continue Reading ...]

In memoir, United Hospital nurse reflects on experiences in COVID ICU

After accepting a post in United Hospital’s COVID intensive care unit in March 2020, Amanda V. Peterson began writing as a form of what she calls “paper therapy.” Two years later, Peterson is a published author, and her memoir, “Everybody Just Breathe,” sold out its first press run in just three … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Wilfs’ company turned deaf ear to warnings of wage theft at Viking Lakes development

Tradespeople who worked on the Viking Lakes luxury apartments in Eagan went public last week with accusations of wage theft on the project, owned and developed by the same family that owns the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. Worker advocacy groups, including the North Central States Regional Council of … [Continue Reading ...]

St. Paul Starbucks workers win union election

Baristas in St. Paul won their union election today, giving Minnesota its first corporate-owned, unionized Starbucks. In an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, workers at Starbucks' 300 Snelling Ave. location voted 14-1 in favor of joining Workers United, an affiliate of the … [Continue Reading ...]

County attorneys take aim at criminal wage theft

Local prosecutors intend to shine a search light on the shadowy corners of the economy where wage theft and labor trafficking have found a home, especially the non-union construction industry. Ramsey County Attorney John Choi recently hired a full-time investigator to begin delivering wage-theft … [Continue Reading ...]

Roslyn Robertson: ‘Every fatality crosses my desk, and my stomach just cringes’

Each year on April 28, the labor movement observes Workers Memorial Day, when union members pause to remember workers killed or injured on the job – and to recommit to the fight for safe workplaces. It’s a mission shared by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), led by Commissioner … [Continue Reading ...]