Staff announce union drives at two Twin Cities charter schools

Staff at two Twin Cities charter schools kicked off Teacher Appreciation Week yesterday by filing for recognition of their unions. Teachers, paraprofessionals and support staff from Great River School in St. Paul and Hiawatha Academies in Minneapolis went public with their campaigns after filing signed authorization cards with the National Labor Relations Board, triggering the union-election process. But employees at […]

More local nonprofit workers take union drives public

Workers at no less than 10 Twin Cities nonprofits have unionized in the last year. Two more are poised to win recognition in the coming weeks.

United Hospital workers demand more from Allina for their work on front lines

Essential workers at United Hospital are ready to strike if that’s what it takes to get a fair contract with Allina Health.  Members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota who work at United held informational picketing outside the hospital in downtown St. Paul today, escalating their fight for a contract that respects and rewards frontline workers’ service on […]

Metro Transit workers put a face on their fight for safety, respect

Metro Transit bosses got a good look today at the drivers, mechanics and cleaning workers who have kept Twin Cities buses and trains running during the COVID-19 pandemic, while the agency’s administrators have worked mostly from home. Transit workers staged a daylong demonstration outside the Bureau of Mediation Services in St. Paul, where their union […]

St. Paul Park refinery picks fight with Building Trades unions, too

Teamsters aren’t the only union members Marathon is looking to replace with nonunion, out-of-state workers at the St. Paul Park refinery. They aren’t the only ones fighting back, either. Earlier this month, several Building and Construction Trades unions began setting up banners around the refinery, publicly shaming Marathon for turning its back on Minnesota contractors […]

After ‘six years of purgatory,’ retirees celebrate pension fix with Smith

The Minnesota senator fought to include a rescue measure in the American Rescue Plan, protecting pension benefits for 1.5 million active and retired workers.

IUE-CWA members shine light on Walmart’s role in offshoring good jobs

Walmart’s supplier of LED light bulbs has announced plans to shift production to China, a move that will cost some 80 members of IUE-CWA Local 84704 in Bucyrus, Ohio, their jobs. The GE-Savant plant has had a presence in the Ohio community for nearly a century, and union members aren’t going down without a fight. They’ve […]

Union pledges fight as AT&T plans more Twin Cities store closings

Local job cuts at AT&T will continue this spring, when the company plans to close three more wireless retail locations in the Twin Cities suburbs, according to Communications Workers Local 7250. The union, which represents AT&T wireless sales reps, technicians and call-center employees in Minnesota, received official notification of the store closings yesterday. AT&T closed […]

Budget axe falls on School District 197’s frontline workers

School board members signed off on the cuts over pleas from teachers, parents and paraprofessionals to reconsider.

Community rallies around refinery workers as Marathon lockout enters third week

Each day the lockout continues, Teamsters warn, Marathon is putting its workers and surrounding communities at risk.