Striking nurses weigh contract proposal in advance of voting Monday

MNA spokesperson Angela Becchetti, a nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, talks with media about Allina's most recent proposal to striking nurses.

Striking nurses will vote Monday on a three-year contract proposal from Allina that makes some gains on staffing and safety – two of their top issues – but wasn’t good enough to win a recommendation from the union’s bargaining team. Nurses fought tooth and nail with Allina over the course of mediated talks this week […]

Volunteer Pipefitters keep heat on for area low-income, elderly homeowners

Local 455 volunteer Luis Parad, a service professional from NAC, checked for leaks in the radiator of a house on Carroll Avenue in St. Paul.

Volunteer members of St. Paul-based Pipefitters Local 455 serviced and repaired furnaces free of charge to disabled, elderly and low-income homeowners in the Twin Cities area Saturday during their annual HEAT’S ON day of service. The volunteer effort drew 51 volunteer members of Local 455, as well as other Pipefitter locals in Minnesota. Union contractors, […]

In contract talks, home care workers hope to address crisis facing state, industry

"I can be a better father, a better husband a better member of society with her," Jonathan Spika of St. Paul, left permanently disabled by MS, said of his home health care worker.

Minnesota’s home care workers are set to begin negotiating a new union contract Friday. At a Capitol press conference today, workers and their clients framed the talks as an opportunity for the state to begin addressing the workforce crisis in their industry. As Minnesota’s population continues to age, the demand for workers who provide in-home […]

Insurance plan trustee advises members ‘go elsewhere for care’ during Allina strike


The president of a major Minnesota union sent a letter this week to members enrolled in its health insurance plans urging them to “go elsewhere for health care” during the Allina strike. Jennifer Christensen, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189, cited concerns about “quality control” and patient safety at five Allina Health […]

3M’s Cottage Grove workers reach tentative agreement


  UPDATE 9/29/16 – United Steelworkers Local 11-00418 announced on its Facebook page that its bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with 3M in talks Monday. The local will hold a ratification vote Oct. 3. The local is withholding details of the agreement until the ratification vote, but acknowledged that it made some concessions to […]

Ruling sets stage for 2,500 Twin Cities faculty to take union vote


The historic organizing drive among faculty at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus cleared a major hurdle today, when a state agency ruled contingent and tenure-track faculty could join together in one potential bargaining unit. The Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services’ decision clears the way for about 1,000 contingent and 1,500 tenure-track faculty members […]

With Lowertown development, union pension fund invests in Building Trades workers


The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust treated the men and women working to redevelop a property in St. Paul’s Lowertown district to lunch Aug. 31, highlighting the trust’s unique approach to investing union pension funds in union-built construction projects. The development, 333 on the Park, is transforming an eight-story office building, originally constructed in 1913, into […]

Laser focused on cutting health care, Allina turns deaf ear to nurses’ safety concerns

Abbott Northwestern nurse and MNA spokesperson Angel Becchetti speaks at a press conference on nurses' safety proposals.

  When Celeste Kopacek’s patient in the neuroscience unit at Abbott Northwestern Hospital told her he was going home to get his gun and would come back to find her, she reported the threat to Allina security. “They told me to call back if he showed up,” Kopacek said. Since contract negotiations with Allina began […]

As strike drags on, nurses question Allina board members’ leadership

Nurses hand out fliers alerting the public that

  The 16 members of Allina Health’s board of directors have remained mostly above the fray since a contentious round of negotiations with nearly 5,000 union nurses began in February. But that changed last week, when Allina nurses at five Twin Cities facilities began an open-ended strike and, at the same time, rolled out a […]

After security contractor reneges, officers at Eagan postal facility strike

Striking Command security officers (L to R) Laurie Mattson-Collier, Isabel Alvarado and Vicky Berg walk the picket line in Eagan.

  Laurie Mattson-Collier left a meeting with Command Security Corporation managers last month relieved they had reached a compromise to stave off severe pay cuts for her unit of 13 security officers at a postal facility in Eagan. Less than a week later, Command told Mattson-Collier it was backing out of the verbal agreement, citing […]