AFSCME united for ‘substantive change’ in talks with U

“The U is interested in image,” Local 3800 President Cherrene Horazuk said during a rally last month. “U of M AFSCME is interested in substantive change.”

Educators frustrated by plan to uproot St. Paul students

“I don’t think they’ve considered how these changes might push families further away,” Galtier science teacher Peter Ratzloff said.

Frustration builds as lawmakers blow deadline for plan to pay frontline workers

Workers accuse politicians of holding up the process in an attempt to pit frontline workers against each other.

As driver shortage hampers start of school, unions point to low pay, benefits

Access to unemployment insurance would help retain drivers through the lean times, advocates said.

Home care workers, clients push Congress to act on ‘jobs, care, justice’

Investing in the care economy is also a matter of racial and economic justice, advocates said.

Essential workers tell lawmakers: Minnesotans support emergency leave

“We aren’t asking for a handout,” Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary Turner said. “What we are asking for is justice.”

Unions say Minnesota’s new labor board is ‘superior in every way,’ but its future remains uncertain

The fate of a newly opened state agency dedicated to keeping public-sector labor disputes out of court hangs in the balance as Minnesota lawmakers negotiate a new, two-year budget.

As special session nears, unions push lawmakers to prioritize working people

Minnesota unions are calling on state lawmakers to include crisis relief, paid leave and protections for working people in their final budget. “Working people need their lawmakers’ help,” they said in a letter to legislative leaders this week.

Walz joins Building Trades unions in remembering fallen workers

In a ceremony today on the State Capitol grounds, Gov. Tim Walz and Labor Commissioner Roslyn Robertson joined members of Twin Cities Building Trades unions in paying tribute to workers who died in the past two years due to work-related injuries or illnesses.  Observed each year on April 28, Workers Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives on the job. In ceremonies across North America, union members pause […]

After nearing strike at Allina, SEIU members at local hospitals ratify new contracts

Earlier this month, essential workers at United Hospital and seven other Allina Health facilities were ready to strike for a fair contract that respects their service on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the 4,000 members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota struck a last-minute agreement with Allina and overwhelmingly ratified the new contract. “We […]