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 […]

Photos: Picket lines go up as 5,000 Allina nurses begin strike

Nurses and supporters picketed outside United Hospital in St. Paul.

Nearly 5,000 nurses employed by Allina Health began a seven-day strike this morning, setting up picket lines outside five metro-area facilities. In downtown St. Paul, well over 200 nurses and their supporters blanketed the sidewalk outside United Hospital in red, the Minnesota Nurses Association’s official color. Picketers put up cheers as nurses finishing the night […]

East Metro grocery workers reject ‘final offer,’ urge continued negotiations

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In a nearly unanimous vote yesterday, East Metro grocery workers rejected a hastily crafted “final offer” from their employers. About 3,700 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189 began contract negotiations in late February with several St. Paul-area retail grocers, including Cub Foods, Rainbow, Jerry’s Foods, Lunds & Byerlys, Kowalski’s Markets, Festival Foods, […]

Union volunteers give $15 petition drive a boost in Minneapolis

About 40 union volunteers gather in the CWA Local 7200 Hall before knocking doors in Minneapolis.

Katie Quarles, a nurse at United Hospital in St. Paul, was among 40 union members who answered the call for volunteers to take action Saturday in support of a $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis. “Fighting for higher wages for working people is what the labor movement does,” Quarles said before knocking on doors in Minneapolis’ […]

AFL-CIO picks Minnesota to debut course in strategic research

Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy welcomed participants to a three-day training in strategic research.

In union-organizing and contract campaigns, information is power. And a first-of-its-kind training in Minnesota this week aims to equip more unions with the skills needed to access – and utilize – information that builds power for working people. More than 40 officers, organizers and activists from 27 local unions, labor federations and community allies are […]

Solidarity actions with Verizon strikers to continue in Twin Cities

Workers picketed in solidarity with 39,000 striking Verizon workers outside the company's Roseville store last week. (Labor Review photo)

Union members in the Twin Cities plan to keep the heat on Verizon this week with two more actions in support of the company’s 39,000 striking workers in the Northeast U.S. Solidarity actions are planned from noon to 2 p.m. May 11 outside Verizon’s store at 474 Hamline Ave. N. in St. Paul, and from […]

Metro Transit workers vote to accept contract proposal

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In balloting held Sunday and Monday, Metro Transit workers accepted a proposed two-year contract with annual wage increases of 2.25 percent. The contract, which covers about 2,400 members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005, still must be approved by the Met Council before taking effect. The council is expected to consider the contract at its […]

Machinists approve new contract with East Metro dealerships

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Union workers at 22 auto dealerships in St. Paul and the East Metro suburbs voted Sunday to ratify a new three-year agreement with their employers that includes annual wage increases of 2 percent. The contract, which took effect today, covers about 600 members of Machinists District 77, including mechanics, parts personnel and service technicians. [Click […]

In tough talks with Allina, Teamsters win wage increases, avoid strike

Allina Home Oxygen and Medical Equipment workers prepared for a strike just days before ratifying a last-minute contract Saturday. (Local 120 photo)

Members of Teamsters Local 120 who provide home-delivery of oxygen and medical equipment for Allina Health ratified a new contract Saturday, narrowly avoiding a work stoppage. Frustrated by management’s refusal to consider meaningful wage increases in negotiating sessions last month, the 42 members of Local 120 unanimously authorized their bargaining team to call a strike […]

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