Kera Peterson: Organizing surge shows what’s possible at the polls

It’s imperative that we take the same momentum driving this surge in workplace organizing and use it to mobilize union members to get to the polls.

‘Sky’s the limit’ as women workers revive Minnesota’s CLUW chapter

A first meeting earlier this summer drew 44 activists, who got to work drafting bylaws and applying for recognition of the re-emergent Coalition of Labor Union Women chapter.

Union members push back on AT&T’s return-to-office plan

Call-center workers said absenteeism is down and productivity is up since they began working from home.

Staffing crisis prompts school employees to ask for support, patience

“Take a breath and remember that the educators and staff who chose to come back this fall did so because they really care about the students and want them to succeed,” Education Minnesota President Denise Specht said.

After walking away from workers, Millennium gets heat from convention delegates

Housekeepers and other hotel employees took the stage on Day 1 of the AFL-CIO’s Pride at Work convention and told delegates that the Millennium Hotel had pulled back tentative agreements with their union two months after booking the convention. Delegates didn’t take the news sitting down. They marched out of the Millennium ballroom and into […]

Hospital nurses in Twin Cities, Duluth vote to authorize strike

Nurses at 15 Minnesota hospitals voted yesterday to authorize a strike, after union negotiators accused health care executives of refusing to bargain contracts that protect the safety of their patients and address the crisis facing their profession. “What we are being forced to do is totally against every ethical principal that we have,” Minnesota Nurses […]

‘Riding the union wave,’ Minneapolis Trader Joe’s workers win landslide election

Minneapolis is home to the nation’s second unionized Trader Joe’s store, after workers voted overwhelmingly last week in favor of joining together to bargain with the retailer for better wages and safer working conditions. About a dozen workers on hand Friday, when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) counted votes in a delivery bay behind […]

Unions decry Supreme Court ruling, urge action to protect abortion access

Minnesota’s highest-ranking union officer added to the chorus of labor voices decrying the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, eliminating the federal right to abortion. “Reproductive rights are workers’ rights,” Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bernie Burnham said in a public statement, calling the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade after nearly […]

Union election begins for over 400 Planned Parenthood workers

Over 400 Planned Parenthood workers in five states, including Minnesota, will begin voting by mail this week in a union organizing election. The National Labor Relations Board will tally votes July 21. Frontline workers at Planned Parenthood North Central States’ 28 facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska are eligible to participate […]

After March strike, MN Epilepsy Group workers settle contract that preserves longevity pay

The contract covers 60 EEG technologists, who provide brain-wave testing to patients at hospitals and clinics across the Twin Cities.