Minnesota unions praise historic legislative session

A bill to address hospital staffing shortfalls, however, fell short of the union nurses’ expectations.

St. Paul baristas to Starbucks: ‘We’re not going away’

“It’s been a year and we still haven’t had any bargaining sessions that Starbucks has shown up to.”

Ban on captive audience meetings advances in Minnesota Legislature

The employer tactic has come under scrutiny in recent years, as union membership has remained flat despite polling that shows interest in forming unions at a near-record high.

AFSCME members picket Carter’s State of the City speech

“I would love to feel like the mayor actually respects the work that we do and respects how difficult it can be.”

Construction wage theft back on MN lawmakers’ agenda

Construction firms in Minnesota would bear greater legal responsibility for the labor practices of their subcontractors under legislation introduced by DFL lawmakers last month. Building Trades unions and worker advocacy groups say the measure is necessary in the wake of reported abuses on non-union construction sites, most notably the Viking Lakes development in Eagan, where […]

Senate Republicans block $1.9 billion infrastructure jobs proposal

Union tradespeople pleaded with Republicans not to hold up the package of local public-works projects as leverage in a political fight with the DFL majority.

‘Bill of Rights’ would fund $25 minimum wage, health benefits for hourly school staff

As striking food service workers in Hastings put a spotlight on hardships faced by some of the lowest-paid school employees, state lawmakers this week debated bold, new legislation to lift standards for all hourly school workers. The “Education Support Professionals’ Bill of Rights,” introduced by DFLers in both the House and Senate, would establish a […]

Women workers leading push for statewide paid family leave

Women workers have provided compelling, personal testimony about paid family leave and its potential to improve working families’ lives.

Workers turn out for a say in Metro Transit’s safety plan

Metro Transit bus and train operators packed Met Council chambers Feb. 8, demanding input into the agency’s plan to improve safety across the local transit system. Council members were poised to approve that plan, finalized by Metro Transit in December, but they voted 7-5 to postpone any action for at least one week, giving management […]

Hastings food service workers strike for higher wages

“We feed their kids,” school cook Julie Clark said. “They should do more to help us feed ours.”