St. Paul educators settle contract, pivot to supporting Minneapolis strikers

With a tentative agreement in hand, St. Paul educators urged support for their union siblings in Minneapolis, where 4,000 members of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and its chapter of education support professionals began an open-ended strike yesterday.

Health care workers put MN Epilepsy Group on notice of intent to strike

Barring a last-ditch agreement, SEIU members said they plan to begin their strike March 14, with picketing both at the employer’s headquarters in Roseville and at hospitals where union members work. 

Minnesota Building Trades on path to becoming Yellow Ribbon organization

The state Building Trades council held a signing ceremony Wednesday with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a federal program that promotes cooperation between National Guard members and their civilian employers.

Frontline workers’ focus turns to Senate after House passes bonus pay

Worker advocacy groups pledged not to be divided as they push for legislation that recognizes the sacrifices of all who showed up to work.

Remembering Shar Knutson: ‘Her presence will be missed, but her legacy lives on’

Knutson made history as the first woman elected president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO.

Push for paid family leave takes on new urgency in pandemic

A union-backed coalition of groups renewed its lobbying push for paid family and medical leave on Valentine’s Day – and not by accident. Love is at the heart of the proposed legislation, advocates said, adding that its failure to gain traction in the Senate over the past six years has cornered too many Minnesota families […]

House bill targets high injury rates in Amazon’s MN warehouses

The bill would prohibit warehouses from disciplining workers for failing to meet a quota that does not account for legally allowed breaks.

Educators in St. Paul, Minneapolis vote to strike over student-centered demands

Union members who voted “yes” said they were hopeful the vote would be a catalyst for movement in negotiations with the district, which began last May and have since entered mediation.

Twin Cities Starbucks workers join union wave

Workers at two Starbucks locations in the Twin Cities today announced they are forming unions, becoming the first Minnesotans to join a nationwide surge of worker organizing at the world’s largest coffeehouse chain. In letters emailed to Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson and hand-delivered to their store managers this morning, baristas at 300 Snelling Avenue in […]

As staffing crisis deepens, DFL lawmakers respond with bill to keep nurses at bedside

Sen. Erin Murphy, a registered nurse and the bill’s chief author, called the measure “a hyperlocal, hospital-by-hospital approach” to dealing with the staffing crisis.