Half Price Books workers ready to bargain after victory in St. Louis Park

In an election certified yesterday by the National Labor Relations Board, workers at Half Price Books in St. Louis Park won recognition of their union, joining workers at three other Twin Cities locations who voted to organize a month earlier. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 663, which … [Continue Reading ...]

Don’t be fooled by AT&T’s authorized retailers, CWA members warn

After a push from union members in Minnesota, the Communications Workers of America is stepping up its campaign to fight back against job cuts and union busting at AT&T retail stores nationwide, asking supporters to do business with stores that employ CWA members. AT&T workers were in the … [Continue Reading ...]

Report exposes human cost of Amazon’s business model in Minnesota

Amazon workers this week echoed the findings of a new report that paints a troubling picture of labor conditions and inequities at the retailer’s Minnesota warehouses, prompting one state lawmaker to pledge action in the coming legislative session. In analyzing data from six Amazon facilities, … [Continue Reading ...]

Report: Union construction sites draw fewer safety violations

A new analysis of Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) inspections at construction jobsites in nine midwestern states backs up what unionized tradespeople have long been saying. Union jobsites are safer jobsites. The report, released Nov. 30 by the Illinois Economic Policy … [Continue Reading ...]

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Report exposes human cost of Amazon’s business model in Minnesota

Amazon workers this week echoed the findings of a new report that paints a troubling picture of labor conditions and inequities at the retailer’s Minnesota warehouses, prompting one state lawmaker to pledge action in the coming legislative session. In analyzing data from … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Report: Union construction sites draw fewer safety violations

A new analysis of Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) inspections at construction jobsites in nine midwestern states backs up what unionized tradespeople have long been saying. Union jobsites are safer jobsites. The report, released Nov. 30 by the Illinois Economic Policy … [Continue Reading ...]

Concrete Christmas display showcases union apprentices’ skills

It already looks a lot like Christmas at the Cement Masons and Plasterers Training Center in New Brighton, where apprentices from three local unions have decked out the shop floor with a seasonal display of their skilled crafts. The annual “Concrete Christmas” display will stay up through … [Continue Reading ...]

Newly unionized Chisago Lakes custodians tap community support in first contract campaign

If administrators in the Chisago Lakes School District thought they could push their school custodians around without anyone noticing, then the semi-truck blaring its horn outside their offices at 8 a.m. Monday was a wakeup call in more ways than one. The custodians, who formed a union earlier … [Continue Reading ...]

Educators frustrated by plan to uproot St. Paul students

Plans to close five schools in St. Paul and merge or consolidate 10 others drew a swift rebuke from union educators, who called the proposal heavy handed, shortsighted and disruptive to students and families. Members of the St. Paul school board received the recommendations, generated through a … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Burnham to succeed McCarthy as Minnesota AFL-CIO president

The Minnesota AFL-CIO General Board today elected Bernie Burnham as the statewide labor federation’s next president. The former Duluth teacher, who currently serves as Education Minnesota’s vice president, will succeed Bill McCarthy, who plans to retire Feb. 1 after more than six years in the … [Continue Reading ...]

Essential workers call bonus pay holdup ‘a slap in the face’

What do nurses, janitors, educators and other essential workers want from state lawmakers this holiday season? They spelled it out last week during a rally and march through downtown Minneapolis. “Quit playing politics and get the job done,” Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary Turner … [Continue Reading ...]

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 ...]

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 ...]