Janitors, teachers protest Kohl’s during back-to-school rush

Janitors and their supporters march along County Road B2 in Roseville, near Rosedale Mall.

  Looking to build on recent victories at Target and Best Buy, retail janitors in the Twin Cities put the pressure on Kohl’s Saturday – during the busy back-to-school shopping season – to do right by the workers who clean its stores. Janitors brought busloads of supporters, including union teachers, nurses and construction workers, to […]

This summer job is a crash course in construction careers

MN Trades Academy grads Romeo Guevara (L) of Harding Senior High and Austin Fink of Open World Learning Academy level scaffolding at the Laborers Training Center in Lino Lakes.

  One by one Friday, graduates of the inaugural MN Trades Academy stepped up to the podium inside IBEW Local 110’s union hall and offered their three favorite construction crafts. Welding was a popular choice – not surprisingly, given the teenage demographic – but there was something for every one of the 20 graduates, who […]

‘Angry and resolved to fight,’ Allina nurses authorize second strike

Nurses from United Hospital voted yesterday on Allina's contract proposal. (MNA photo)

Nurses may soon be back on the picket line outside five Allina Health facilities in the metro area. And unlike their seven-day strike in June, a second work stoppage would be open ended. In balloting yesterday, members of the Minnesota Nurses Association voted to reject Allina’s latest contract proposal. Because a “supermajority” – at least […]

Bill Moore: Finding motivation for Labor 2016

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I’m not much into political candidates. Maybe it’s because I was born in Chicago, where the party was the important thing. I was living in Illinois the first year I could vote. I just pulled the lever at the top for the Democratic ticket. In 1967 and early ’68, I volunteered for Gene McCarthy’s presidential […]

Kohl’s janitors plan public action during back-to-school rush

A delegation of retail cleaning workers approached a Twin Cities Kohl's store in May 2015 to voice concerns over working conditions maintained by the retailer's cleaning contractor.

Looking to build on recent victories at Target and Best Buy, retail janitors in the Twin Cities will put the pressure on Kohl’s this weekend – during the busy back-to-school shopping season – to do right by the workers who clean its stores. Janitors organizing with the Twin Cities worker center CTUL want Kohl’s to […]

Pioneer Press workers join nationwide contract campaign, win first raise in seven years

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After banding together with workers at 11 other newspapers owned by the same hedge fund, union members at the St. Paul Pioneer Press won their first wage increase in seven years, part of a new three-year contract they voted to ratify Aug. 9. Members of the Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild will receive 3-percent raises […]

Small business owners voice support for sick-time ordinance in St. Paul

Ward 6 co-owner Eric Foster speaks at a press conference arranged by a coalition of businesses supporting St. Paul's proposed sick-time ordinance.

  At a press conference today, small business owners in St. Paul said passing a citywide sick-time ordinance is the right thing to do – not only for the health of their workers, but also the health of their bottom lines. Providing employees with earned sick and safe time makes them less likely to jump […]

Labor-endorsed Angrimson brings leadership, community roots to ISD 196 special election

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If elected to the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board in a special election Aug. 9, Craig Angrimson won’t need a crash course in the issues that matter to union members. Since exiting the U.S. Marine Corps, Angrimson has spent his career in the union movement, working for Northwest Airlines as a member of the Machinists union […]

Native pride meets union pride in Cement Masons’ training program

For their final project, participants in Local 633's pre-apprenticeship program finish their own flat concrete slabs with attached curbs.

  NEW BRIGHTON – As the first trickle of mud oozed out of the concrete truck’s chute, 13 trainees dressed in hardhats, safety vests and tall rubber boots sprung into action, using shovels and trowels to distribute the concrete evenly across 13 rectangular slabs. The July heat was pushing 90 degrees, and the trainees, participants […]

Nurses prep for second strike vote after Allina won’t budge in negotiations

Nurses rallied outside United Hospital in St. Paul during a seven-day strike at Twin Cities Allina Health facilities in June.

Allina nurses came to contract negotiations today ready to compromise. Unfortunately, Allina executives had a very different agenda. The two sides cut off talks today without making progress on a new contract covering about 4,800 members of the Minnesota Nurses Association who work at five Twin Cities facilities. Allina Health rejected nurses’ compromise offer that […]

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