Workers tap into community support, put Surly on notice: ‘We’re not done here’

Credit the union-busting brewer for inspiring one raucous Labor Day-weekend rally.

Kera Peterson: A distant Labor Day this year, but our solidarity endures 

Labor Day should always be about celebrating the contributions of America’s working people – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

As nonprofits face uncertain times, some employees look to unionize

“I never thought about myself as a worker until we started our union campaign,” Hope organizer Shruti Kamissety said. “So I’m very invested in making sure my friends, people at other nonprofits, know everyone can unionize.”

No picnics, no parades, but Freedom Library will mark Labor Day with virtual event on organizing Amazon

The East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul will celebrate Labor Day early and online this year, with a virtual discussion about worker organizing at the world’s largest retailer, Amazon. The event, “Labor Day Ain’t No Picnic,” will broadcast on the ESFL’s Facebook and YouTube pages Sept. 3, bringing together activists who are using research, […]

As new school year draws near, unions push districts for answers

In a school year unlike any other, educators and other staff need a voice in decisions that affect their safety, unions say.

Tattersall workers make history with union vote, raising hopes for industry-wide reform

Collective bargaining is in the mix for workers at Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis after they voted in favor of joining together in a union. The Twin Cities hospitality union, UNITE HERE Local 17, announced the news on social media today. Tattersall employees are the first at any craft distillery in the U.S. to form a […]

Essential workers deserve a good contract, Cottage Grove Steelworkers tell 3M

“Everyone’s together on this,” John Helkamp, the local’s financial secretary, said. “We’re essential workers. We’d like a fair contract.” 

In meeting with Smith, postal employees pledge to ‘go the extra mile’ to ensure mail-in ballots count

As U.S. Sen. Tina Smith met with postal workers, letter carriers and reporters outside the sprawling mail distribution center in Eagan today, a pickup truck exiting the facility slowed to a stop near the crowd. The driver lowered her window and barked out a brief message for Smith before speeding away. “Thank you, senator!” she […]

Senate GOP ousts MN labor commissioner, plays politics with worker health, safety

Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy called the party-line vote a “slap in the face to working Minnesotans.”

Kera Peterson: In uncertain times, voting is sure way to make an impact

This is a moment that demands clear action and common purpose. While the times may be “uncertain,” you can be sure which side the labor movement is on.