Food service workers in Hastings schools set Feb. 7 strike date

Food service workers today put the Hastings public school district on notice of their intent to strike Feb. 7 unless the two sides reach agreement on a new union contract before then. “We’re united, and we’re ready to strike if the district won’t pay us what we’re worth and stop nickel-and-diming us about our working […]

Science Museum workers vote to unionize

Workers at the Science Museum of Minnesota have voted to form a union. Council 5 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers (AFSCME) announced the election results today. Museum workers petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for a union election in November, and the board tallied votes yesterday. “Workers at the Science […]

Starbucks stalls, baristas strike

Workers at Starbucks locations in St. Paul and St. Anthony are joining a nationwide strike this weekend to protest the coffee chain’s slow-footed approach to negotiating first contracts with newly unionized stores. It’s the second time in a month that baristas at the two local stores have gone on targeted, unfair-labor-practice strikes. The first came […]

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.

AFSCME members to rally Saturday at MN History Center

Union members say MNHS has offered “pretty much the bare minimum” since they began bargaining a first contract in June 2022. “It’s pretty disappointing.”

Musicians take a stand for job security in talks with MN Opera

A move to stage more shows at a smaller venue means fewer orchestra members are getting paid.

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 […]

State Capitol dedicates a ‘place and space’ for Nellie Stone Johnson – and all she represents

A new statue unveiled in the Capitol yesterday celebrates the legacy of Nellie Stone Johnson, a towering figure in Minnesota’s labor, political and civil rights history.  After a ceremony that included music, a video remembrance and speeches from the honoree’s colleagues and admirers, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan joined the youngest members […]

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 […]

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 […]