‘On the ropes,’ 3M’s Cottage Grove workers say they’re ready to strike

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  Frustrated by management’s cuts-only approach to contract talks, Steelworkers employed at 3M’s chemicals plant in Cottage Grove voted overwhelmingly Sept. 1 to authorize their bargaining team to call a strike if necessary. But members of United Steelworkers Local 11-00418 aren’t waiting for a strike to call out 3M publicly. For the second time this […]

As strike drags on, nurses question Allina board members’ leadership

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  The 16 members of Allina Health’s board of directors have remained mostly above the fray since a contentious round of negotiations with nearly 5,000 union nurses began in February. But that changed last week, when Allina nurses at five Twin Cities facilities began an open-ended strike and, at the same time, rolled out a […]

On Labor Day, nearly 5,000 Allina nurses begin open-ended strike (photos & video)

Picketers walk the sidewalk outside United Hospital in St. Paul shortly after MNA's strike began on Labor Day.

Thousands of Allina nurses and their supporters are spending Labor Day on the picket line, as members of the Minnesota Nurses Association today began an open-ended strike at five Twin Cities facilities. For the second time this summer, union nurses at United, Abbott Northwestern, Mercy and Unity hospitals and Phillips Eye Institute walked off the […]

Allina nurses announce Labor Day strike deadline, as unions statewide pledge support

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  Standing with leaders of unions representing workers across Minnesota, members of the Minnesota Nurses Association today announced they have delivered notice to Allina Health of their intent to begin an open-ended strike on Labor Day at five Twin Cities facilities. The two sides “regressed” in mediated talks earlier this week, MNA director Rose Roach […]

Janitors, teachers protest Kohl’s during back-to-school rush

Janitors and their supporters march along County Road B2 in Roseville, near Rosedale Mall.

  Looking to build on recent victories at Target and Best Buy, retail janitors in the Twin Cities put the pressure on Kohl’s Saturday – during the busy back-to-school shopping season – to do right by the workers who clean its stores. Janitors brought busloads of supporters, including union teachers, nurses and construction workers, to […]

Kohl’s janitors plan public action during back-to-school rush

A delegation of retail cleaning workers approached a Twin Cities Kohl's store in May 2015 to voice concerns over working conditions maintained by the retailer's cleaning contractor.

Looking to build on recent victories at Target and Best Buy, retail janitors in the Twin Cities will put the pressure on Kohl’s this weekend – during the busy back-to-school shopping season – to do right by the workers who clean its stores. Janitors organizing with the Twin Cities worker center CTUL want Kohl’s to […]

Nurses prep for second strike vote after Allina won’t budge in negotiations

Nurses rallied outside United Hospital in St. Paul during a seven-day strike at Twin Cities Allina Health facilities in June.

Allina nurses came to contract negotiations today ready to compromise. Unfortunately, Allina executives had a very different agenda. The two sides cut off talks today without making progress on a new contract covering about 4,800 members of the Minnesota Nurses Association who work at five Twin Cities facilities. Allina Health rejected nurses’ compromise offer that […]

Photos: Unions join 2016 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade

Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy posed for a photo during the 2016 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade in Minneapolis.

Union families put their pride on display yesterday at the Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade in downtown Minneapolis. The Minnesota AFL-CIO has organized a contingent in the annual parade, part of the Twin Cities Pride Festival, for years. Turnout was particularly strong this year in the wake of the June 12 mass shooting inside a […]

As strike ends, Allina nurses say they’re stronger, more unified than ever

United nurses kept the energy level high during the final hours of picketing in downtown St. Paul.

Union nurses at five Allina care centers in the Twin Cities lowered their picket signs at 7 p.m. tonight, marking the end of an historic, seven-day strike that energized and unified members of the Minnesota Nurses Association. At United Hospital in St. Paul, organizers expanded the picket line to accommodate an influx of supporters eager […]

After tumultuous month, staff at St. Paul charter school near first contract

CSE staff and supporters packed the school's June 9 board meeting.

  Earlier this month, teachers at Community School of Excellence in St. Paul pushed back against administrators’ plan to cut classroom programming and lay off personnel, including most members of the fledgling staff union’s bargaining team. Now, not only have several programs been taken off the chopping block, but members of the Federation of Charter […]