Nurses fear Children’s restructuring will leave some without care

Pediatric nurses held informational picketing outside Children’s Hospital campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul yesterday, raising public awareness about their fight for enough staffing and beds for patients at the facilities. Although they have raised those concerns with management repeatedly, … [Continue Reading ...]

Unions say Minnesota’s new labor board is ‘superior in every way,’ but its future remains uncertain

As negotiations over a new, two-year budget come down to the wire, Minnesota lawmakers this month will determine the fate of a newly opened state agency dedicated to keeping public-sector labor disputes out of court. Public-sector workers and their unions are pushing lawmakers to fully fund the … [Continue Reading ...]

Essential workers tell lawmakers: Minnesotans support emergency leave

Thousands of essential workers in Minnesota have lost hours or exhausted their paid time off after being exposed to the coronavirus over the past 15 months, while a measure that would make them whole remains caught up in Capitol gridlock. That needs to change, according to more than 5,000 nurses, … [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 ...]

Feature Story

Essential workers tell lawmakers: Minnesotans support emergency leave

Thousands of essential workers in Minnesota have lost hours or exhausted their paid time off after being exposed to the coronavirus over the past 15 months, while a measure that would make them whole remains caught up in Capitol gridlock. That needs to change, according to … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

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 ...]

Walz joins Building Trades unions in remembering fallen workers

In a ceremony today on the State Capitol grounds, Gov. Tim Walz and Labor Commissioner Roslyn Robertson joined members of Twin Cities Building Trades unions in paying tribute to workers who died in the past two years due to work-related injuries or … [Continue Reading ...]

Union family sticking together as Marathon lockout drags on

SAINT PAUL PARK – Megan Christner and Amber Marlatt could never put a price on the value of their husbands’ safety at work. So it infuriates them to see their husbands’ employer, the Marathon oil refinery here, do just that. “It’s his life we’re talking about,” Marlatt said of her husband, Dave. … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

St. Paul unions stepped up to help feed families in our community – and beyond

By Erica Dalager Reed, AFL-CIO Community Services liaison I was first blessed to work with the USDA’s Farmers to Families food box program as the executive director of a congregation in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood. The goal was to help people experiencing food insecurities obtain fresh food on a … [Continue Reading ...]

As special session nears, unions push lawmakers to prioritize working people

Minnesota legislators adjourned their regular session last week with the framework of a two-year budget in place, but the agreement merely sets the stage for another round of negotiations over spending and policy details. That gives the state’s unions one last opportunity to push their … [Continue Reading ...]

Outside Amazon fulfillment center, workers demand tax fairness

SHAKOPEE – Minnesota workers unfurled a “Tax the Rich” banner outside Amazon’s MSP1 fulfillment center here today. It was a not-so-subtle suggestion to state lawmakers about how they might pay for investments in child care, paid family leave, education, infrastructure and other supports for working … [Continue Reading ...]

St. Paul’s minimum wage will increase July 1. Here’s how one local restaurant is adapting

By Alicia Thoj, guest columnist As I settled into a comfortable spot in Kyatchi’s dining room, I remembered all the previous times I had been to this restaurant to enjoy the ramen and hot dog with yakisoba noodles. It was a nostalgic feeling because it had been a couple of years since I had gone … [Continue Reading ...]