Musicians take a stand for job security in talks with MN Opera

Members of the Twin Cities Musicians Union warn that the Minnesota Opera’s increased use of a newly acquired, smaller stage in Minneapolis threatens orchestra players’ livelihoods – and the company’s reputation for staging high-quality, internationally acclaimed performances. It’s why musicians … [Continue Reading ...]

Minnesota nurses call off strike, claim ‘historic victory’ in contract campaign

Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association called off a planned three-week strike Dec. 6 after reaching tentative agreements on new contracts covering 15,000 nurses at seven hospital systems in the Twin Cities and Duluth areas. The proposed three-year contracts, if ratified, would raise metro … [Continue Reading ...]

MSP workers unite to support health care campaign, Delta union drive

Airport workers marched and rallied for health care and union rights outside Terminal 2 in Bloomington today. The action was among dozens staged by airport workers and their unions fighting for safe and stable jobs across the country. In Minnesota, workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International … [Continue Reading ...]

State Capitol dedicates a ‘place and space’ for Nellie Stone Johnson – and all she represents

A new statue unveiled in the Capitol yesterday celebrates the legacy of Nellie Stone Johnson, a towering figure in Minnesota’s labor, political and civil rights history.  After a ceremony that included music, a video remembrance and speeches from the honoree’s colleagues and admirers, Gov. Tim … [Continue Reading ...]

Feature Story

MSP workers unite to support health care campaign, Delta union drive

Airport workers marched and rallied for health care and union rights outside Terminal 2 in Bloomington today. The action was among dozens staged by airport workers and their unions fighting for safe and stable jobs across the country. In Minnesota, workers at … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

State Capitol dedicates a ‘place and space’ for Nellie Stone Johnson – and all she represents

A new statue unveiled in the Capitol yesterday celebrates the legacy of Nellie Stone Johnson, a towering figure in Minnesota’s labor, political and civil rights history.  After a ceremony that included music, a video remembrance and speeches from the honoree’s colleagues and admirers, Gov. Tim … [Continue Reading ...]

HealthPartners member? Former Trades leader seeks your vote in board election

Longtime union leader Harry Melander is hoping to give working people a voice on the HealthPartners board of directors. Melander, who retired as president of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council last year, is one of four candidates running for three open seats on the 16-member … [Continue Reading ...]

Minnesota union members led the fight to secure bonus pay for 1 million frontline workers

Over 1 million Minnesotans will begin receiving payments of $487.45 from the State of Minnesota this week as a token of public appreciation for their work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. As emails carrying the news began appearing in workers’ inboxes yesterday, union members who led … [Continue Reading ...]

Union pipefitters help homeowners in need prep for cold weather

Union pipefitters fanned out across the Twin Cities metro area Saturday to provide free furnace repairs and inspections to 100 low-income, senior and disabled homeowners. It marked another successful year for Project Heat’s On, the community service initiative sponsored by local pipe trades … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Peter Rachleff: Looking for History Day help? Check out the East Side Freedom Library

The East Side Freedom Library invites the middle and high school students in your families to benefit from our rich resources and our experienced mentors. National History Day is a great program in which students are challenged to develop a project as an illustration of a theme. Students, … [Continue Reading ...]

Kera Peterson: Labor-endorsed candidates have earned our support

It’s autumn in Minnesota, and trade unionists across our great state are taking action together every day though the Labor 2022 program. We started earlier this spring with a rigorous screening process that helped determine which candidates had done the work to earn the Minnesota AFL-CIO’s … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor 2022 volunteers say their freedoms, fundamental rights are on the ballot

Energized to help re-elect Gov. Tim Walz and deliver majorities that will move labor’s agenda in the Minnesota Legislature, union volunteers are hitting the streets across the state and talking with fellow members about the stark choice voters face Nov. 8. On one side are corporate-backed … [Continue Reading ...]

Mental health workers notify Allina, Fairview of intent to strike again

More Twin Cities health care workers are poised to strike for safer hospital staffing. Mental health workers at MHealth Fairview and two Allina Health hospitals notified the providers today of their intent to open a three-day strike Oct. 3. The bargaining units bring together over 400 essential … [Continue Reading ...]