Workers keep pressure on Half Price Books for a fair first contract

The bookseller developed a case of writer’s block when it came time to draft economic terms.

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.”

State to invest $240 million in replacing lead pipes

Gov. Walz called the program part of an ‘infrastructure renaissance’ he sees happening across the U.S.

Walz signs refinery safety bill at St. Paul Pipefitters hall

It took a change in Senate leadership to get the bill to Walz’s desk, but Minnesota’s oil refineries will soon be subject to stricter safety training standards.

Union solidarity key to Delta workers’ organizing campaign

Three unions seeking to bring together 45,000 Delta Air Lines ramp workers, mechanics and flight attendants rallied their supporters at the Labor Center.

Union-backed coalition rallies to get paid leave across finish line

Union members, retirees, small business owners and faith-based organizations rallied with Gov. Tim Walz and other lawmakers at the Capitol March 21 in a bid to get paid family and medical leave legislation across the finish line this session. “Paid family and medical leave is one of the best policies we can pursue to support […]

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.

For Mia workers, fresh approach to bargaining delivers big gains

After their first public contract campaign in recent memory, union members who work at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) ratified a new agreement yesterday that will raise wages by $4 per hour across the board over the next two and a half years. The contract covers about 120 members of Office and Professional Employees […]

MN Historical Society staff wins parental leave, longevity pay in first union contract

Union members and the Minnesota Historical Society reached a tentative agreement yesterday on a first contract that would raise wages across the board, provide six weeks of paid parental leave and compensate staff members for their longevity with the organization. The Historical Society’s 250-plus workers voted overwhelmingly to form their union in November 2021, and […]

School board ducks meeting after striking workers plan to show

Striking food service workers in Hastings have a lot of questions for members of the local school board, who were scheduled to have a public meeting this afternoon. Why won’t the district come back to the bargaining table? Why does the superintendent deserve a 6% raise when 2% is the best he can offer food […]