Frustration builds as lawmakers blow deadline for plan to pay frontline workers

Essential workers are taking aim at Republican members of a legislative work group tasked with delivering $250 million to Minnesota’s essential workers, accusing politicians of holding up the process in an attempt to pit frontline workers against each other. “We went to work for the last 18 … [Continue Reading ...]

Conditions that sparked strikes at Nabisco, Frito Lay have ‘spread’ to Minnesota, union warns

Members of Bakery Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers Local 22 who work at Old Dutch are gearing up for contract talks this fall, in which they intend to push the company to ease increasingly taxing workloads. That’s the same rallying cry sounded by union members who went on strike at Frito … [Continue Reading ...]

As driver shortage hampers start of school, unions point to low pay, benefits

A shortage of school bus drivers hampered the start of school in St. Paul and districts across the state this fall, but it came as no surprise to local union leaders, who have long pushed officials to head off the crisis with better wages and benefits, including unemployment insurance. “We can … [Continue Reading ...]

Photos: Teamster horses bring union’s history to life in Blaine

Before they were driving 18-wheelers and UPS trucks, Teamsters drove horses. The union’s name refers to the people who drove a team of horses pulling a wagon, and the Teamsters’ logo still features two horses, Thunder and Lightning, to this day. It’s a history lesson Teamsters Local 120 brought … [Continue Reading ...]

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As driver shortage hampers start of school, unions point to low pay, benefits

A shortage of school bus drivers hampered the start of school in St. Paul and districts across the state this fall, but it came as no surprise to local union leaders, who have long pushed officials to head off the crisis with better wages and benefits, including unemployment … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Photos: Teamster horses bring union’s history to life in Blaine

Before they were driving 18-wheelers and UPS trucks, Teamsters drove horses. The union’s name refers to the people who drove a team of horses pulling a wagon, and the Teamsters’ logo still features two horses, Thunder and Lightning, to this day. It’s a history lesson Teamsters Local 120 brought … [Continue Reading ...]

Medical cannabis workers ‘insulted’ by MN grower’s contract offer

When Vireo Health needed help lobbying state lawmakers to expand Minnesota’s medical cannabis program, employees and their union stepped up, helping push the measure across the finish line in May. Unfortunately, that spirit of cooperation has not extended to the bargaining table this … [Continue Reading ...]

Outnumbered on the job site, tradeswomen find camaraderie, support via new ‘Lean In Circles’

Building Trades unions in the U.S. and Canada have launched a peer mentorship and training program to help tradeswomen thrive in an industry historically dominated by men. Lean In Circles for Union Tradeswomen, a partnership between unions and LeanIn.Org, brings tradeswomen together in small … [Continue Reading ...]

Northwest Airlines museum gets parting gift from union retirees

Local airline retirees placed their social club into retirement last month, but not before donating the organization’s remaining funds to a museum preserving of the history of Minneapolis-St. Paul’s longtime union carrier, Northwest Airlines. Founded in 1976, the Machinists Airline Local 1833 … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Investment, worker voice critical to addressing care crisis

By Jacquelyn Kelly, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota What we decide to do today will create the foundation on which our families will build their tomorrows. This is true for many parts of life, but it is especially true in the care field. As a home care worker and the mother of a child who needs care … [Continue Reading ...]

Jennifer Christensen: ‘We really are dedicated, as a union, to everyone doing better’

Jennifer Christensen’s career with the United Food and Commercial Workers started over 30 years ago as a part-time deli worker at Cub Foods, and it will end this month, when she retires as president of South St. Paul- and Duluth-based UFCW Local 1189. She was the first woman to serve as president … [Continue Reading ...]

Roofers local’s new secretary-treasurer breaks ground as first woman elected to office

July has been a winning month for Samantha Schanus. The journey-level roofer from Mora was among four Tradeswomen Heroes award winners named this month by North America’s Building Trades Unions. The monthly award highlights outstanding achievement within the ranks of the Building Trades’ … [Continue Reading ...]

Home care workers, clients push Congress to act on ‘jobs, care, justice’

With a march, rally and celebration near the Capitol in St. Paul today, Minnesotans of all ages joined activists nationwide in lifting up the call for a $400 billion federal investment in essential home care jobs. “The future of work is service and care jobs,” said LaTanya Hughes, a home care … [Continue Reading ...]