MN unions grew in 2021, bucking national trend

Minnesota bucked the national trend of declining union membership last year, as the state’s union rolls grew by 18,000 workers. “Working people across Minnesota stood up in 2021 and demanded a voice on the job, better pay and benefits, and safer workplaces,” Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill … [Continue Reading ...]

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 ...]

Quick fix for staffing crisis not enough, hospital nurses warn

One day after Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced a $40 million plan to bolster hospital staffing with temporary hires, long-serving nurses from many of the state’s hospitals met with state and federal lawmakers to make clear that the crisis demands more than a quick fix. The virtual town hall Jan. … [Continue Reading ...]

IBEW 110, Rice County Habitat enter third decade of partnership

It’s said that many hands make light work. But to make the lights work at a new fourplex under construction in Northfield, Habitat for Humanity tapped the expertise of local union electricians. About 40 members of St. Paul-based International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 110 joined a … [Continue Reading ...]

Feature Story

Quick fix for staffing crisis not enough, hospital nurses warn

One day after Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced a $40 million plan to bolster hospital staffing with temporary hires, long-serving nurses from many of the state’s hospitals met with state and federal lawmakers to make clear that the crisis demands more than a quick … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

IBEW 110, Rice County Habitat enter third decade of partnership

It’s said that many hands make light work. But to make the lights work at a new fourplex under construction in Northfield, Habitat for Humanity tapped the expertise of local union electricians. About 40 members of St. Paul-based International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 110 joined a … [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 ...]

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 ...]

Labor Voices

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 ...]

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 ...]