In Senate, new DFL majority puts refinery safety atop to-do list

Refinery safety is back on the agenda at the Minnesota Capitol. Union tradespeople helped pack the Senate Labor Committee’s hearing Jan. 12, when members heard public testimony on a bill that would require registered apprenticeship training for workers performing certain jobs in the state’s two petroleum refineries. “In my career it was easy to spot […]

Time has come for statewide earned sick and safe time, MN lawmakers say

In St. Paul, the ordinance has worked so well that council members are poised to strengthen it, extending coverage to employees of companies outside St. Paul when they perform work in the city.

Rail workers rally, call for Biden to act on sick leave, crew sizes

Freight lines are putting greed before the health and safety of their workers and the public, union members say.

MSP workers unite to support health care campaign, Delta union drive

“They say they want this to be a career. Then why don’t we get career wages?”

Minnesota nurses call off strike, claim ‘historic victory’ in contract campaign

Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association called off a planned three-week strike Dec. 6 after reaching tentative agreements on new contracts covering 15,000 nurses at seven hospital systems in the Twin Cities and Duluth areas. The proposed three-year contracts, if ratified, would raise metro nurses’ wages by 18% and, according to the union, would give […]

Uber, Lyft drivers push local lawmakers to regulate their industry

With a shoestring organizing drive that began just four months ago, Twin Cities Uber and Lyft drivers are pushing elected officials to tighten regulation of the app-based companies, and fighting for safety, transparency and a collective voice in their industry. The Minnesota Uber/Lyft Drivers Association (MULDA) will bring its fledgling campaign to St. Paul tomorrow […]

Labor 2022 volunteers say their freedoms, fundamental rights are on the ballot

Energized to help re-elect Gov. Tim Walz and deliver majorities that will move labor’s agenda in the Minnesota Legislature, union volunteers are hitting the streets across the state and talking with fellow members about the stark choice voters face Nov. 8.

Alleged rape on Wilfs’ Viking Lakes development sparks outrage, calls for change

A worker on the Viking Lakes project in Eagan came forward last week with allegations that she was raped and harassed while working for a drywall subcontractor on the troubled job site, developed by NFL owners Zygmunt, Mark and Leonard Wilf’s MV Ventures firm. Unions and worker advocacy groups decried the alleged assault and, in […]

Minnesota union members led the fight to secure bonus pay for 1 million frontline workers

Over 1 million Minnesotans will begin receiving payments of $487.45 from the State of Minnesota this week as a token of public appreciation for their work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dems’ climate measure ties tax credits to prevailing wage, apprenticeship

The tax credits will create a projected 9 million jobs building energy-efficient commercial buildings, housing and electric vehicle charging stations, as well as investments in energy sources outside of fossil fuels.