‘Surge’ in union elections prompts call to bolster NLRB staffing

The request comes at a time when American workers are joining together to form unions in numbers not seen for a decade – and in the wake of a public appeal from the agency’s general counsel for more resources to prevent a backlog of cases.

Safe staffing concerns soar among Minnesota nurses

The Minnesota Nurses Association released data today showing the number of reported staffing concerns from its members doubled from 2020 to 2021, prompting union members who joined a Capitol press conference to plead for action from lawmakers and hospital administrators. “Each one of these represents multiple incidents and multiple patients who are not getting the […]

County attorneys take aim at criminal wage theft

“It’s not a clerical mistake; people are actually stealing,” Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said. “And I think this is one of those areas that needs improvement to make sure these cases get the attention of the justice system.”

General counsel will urge NLRB to deem captive audience meetings illegal

For over 70 years the NLRB has allowed employers to use captive audience meetings to stifle organizing drives, but the board’s new general counsel wants that to change.

With Biden’s signature, postal reform measure will lift ‘5-ton weight’ dragging down USPS

After more than a decade of advocacy in Congress and sometimes in the streets, USPS employees and their unions celebrated a landmark victory last month.

‘Insulting’ wage offer prompts strike at MN Epilepsy Group

Workers called the five-day strike after management stuck to its demand for annual wage increases of less than 1% in last-ditch contract negotiations Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.