Leadership changes, but Trades’ focus remains on building careers, communities

A new president gaveled the 75th convention of the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council to order at Madden’s on Gull Lake today, as delegates unanimously affirmed their Executive Board in electing Laborers Local 563 Business Manager Joe Fowler to lead the statewide organization.   President Emeritus Harry Melander, who retired in June after […]

Medical cannabis workers ‘insulted’ by MN grower’s contract offer

Workers at Vireo Health’s growing facility and eight cannabis patient centers across the state voted unanimously to reject the employer’s “last, best and final” contract proposal in June.

Nurses fear Children’s restructuring will leave some without care

In informational picketing, pediatric nurses looked to raise public awareness about their fight for enough staffing and beds for patients at Children’s.

In meeting with Smith, home care workers, clients back Biden plan to fund ‘caregiving infrastructure’

“We are all depending on the women doing this work to keep all of our lives going,” home care worker Jacqueline Kelly told the senator. “And what could be more valuable than that?” 

Teamsters take fight to Marathon as refinery dispute enters fifth month

From St. Paul Park to Speedway stations and beyond, local Teamsters are taking on the nation’s largest independent refining company in a fight for local jobs and safe communities.

Outside Amazon fulfillment center, workers demand tax fairness

Workers unfurled a “Tax the Rich” banner outside Amazon’s Shakopee fulfillment center today.

St. Paul’s minimum wage will increase July 1. Here’s how one local restaurant is adapting

“As a business owner I can make this work,” Kyatchi’s Sam Peterson said. “You can have a successful business and pay your people well and still make a profit.”

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 […]

Metro Transit workers reject management’s ‘best and final’ offer

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 voted May 17 to reject Metro Transit’s “best and final offer.” The vote, in which 72% opposed the deal, shows “the members want management to get to the table and get this finished,” Ryan Timlin, Local 1005 president, said. The union planned to request additional bargaining dates. Local […]