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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Council vote gives St. Paul nation’s strongest earned sick time ordinance

St. Paul business owner Diane Brennan speaks in support of a citywide earned sick time policy at a press conference before a public hearing on the issue.

Members of the St. Paul City Council today voted 7-0 to pass an ordinance hailed by working people, small business owners, clergy members and other advocates as the strongest earned sick and safe time law on the books nationwide. Mayor Chris Coleman immediately indicated he would support the ordinance, making St. Paul the 35th U.S. […]

Four ways to show support for Allina nurses in their open-ended strike

Allina nurses rallied with RNs from other Twin Cities hospitals and supporters across the labor community Thursday in Minneapolis.

  Last-ditch talks between Allina nurses and management broke off early this morning after a marathon, 22-hour negotiating session failed to yield agreement on a new contract. As a result, nearly 5,000 members of the Minnesota Nurses Association plan to begin an open-ended strike Monday morning. If picket lines go up on Labor Day, nurses will count on broad […]

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


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 […]

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 […]

As strike ends, Allina nurses say they’re stronger, more unified than ever

United nurses kept the energy level high during the final hours of picketing in downtown St. Paul.

Union nurses at five Allina care centers in the Twin Cities lowered their picket signs at 7 p.m. tonight, marking the end of an historic, seven-day strike that energized and unified members of the Minnesota Nurses Association. At United Hospital in St. Paul, organizers expanded the picket line to accommodate an influx of supporters eager […]

After tumultuous month, staff at St. Paul charter school near first contract

CSE staff and supporters packed the school's June 9 board meeting.

  Earlier this month, teachers at Community School of Excellence in St. Paul pushed back against administrators’ plan to cut classroom programming and lay off personnel, including most members of the fledgling staff union’s bargaining team. Now, not only have several programs been taken off the chopping block, but members of the Federation of Charter […]