Mental health workers notify Allina, Fairview of intent to strike again

More Twin Cities health care workers are poised to strike for safer hospital staffing. Mental health workers at MHealth Fairview and two Allina Health hospitals notified the providers today of their intent to open a three-day strike Oct. 3. The bargaining units bring together over 400 essential employees who organized unions with SEIU Healthcare Minnesota […]

Minnesota United video board techs win union election

After an organizing drive that drew support from Loons players and fans, elected officials and the labor community, Minnesota United FC’s video board technicians have won their union, voting to join Local 745 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). The National Labor Relations Board counted votes today after a three-week, mail-in election. […]

State AFL-CIO convention spotlights worker power, political goals

Labor leaders and activists from across the state gathered in St. Paul this week for the Minnesota AFL-CIO‘s 56th constitutional convention, looking to tap into the energy of a recent wave of union-organizing victories as they make a united political push this fall. Several of the federation’s endorsed candidates, including Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. […]

MN nurses double down on staffing demands with historic, three-day strike

Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association returned to work Sept. 15 after a record-breaking, three-day strike at hospitals in the Twin Cities and Duluth that energized their fight for contracts that put patients before profits. Believed to be the largest nursing strike in Minnesota history, the walkout covered 15,000 union members and brought picket lines […]

Electric Machinery workers rally in Minneapolis: ‘Two percent isn’t going to cut it’

Members of IUE-CWA Local 1140 held an informational rally outside WEG Electric Machinery in northeast Minneapolis yesterday to show management their solidarity – and to clear up a potential misconception. “The company seems to think this is bargaining as usual,” Local 1140 representative Richard Shorter said. “We know that’s not the case. “We’ve been bargaining […]

Union members push back on AT&T’s return-to-office plan

Call-center workers said absenteeism is down and productivity is up since they began working from home.

After walking away from workers, Millennium gets heat from convention delegates

Housekeepers and other hotel employees took the stage on Day 1 of the AFL-CIO’s Pride at Work convention and told delegates that the Millennium Hotel had pulled back tentative agreements with their union two months after booking the convention. Delegates didn’t take the news sitting down. They marched out of the Millennium ballroom and into […]

Hospital nurses in Twin Cities, Duluth vote to authorize strike

Nurses at 15 Minnesota hospitals voted yesterday to authorize a strike, after union negotiators accused health care executives of refusing to bargain contracts that protect the safety of their patients and address the crisis facing their profession. “What we are being forced to do is totally against every ethical principal that we have,” Minnesota Nurses […]

‘Riding the union wave,’ Minneapolis Trader Joe’s workers win landslide election

Minneapolis is home to the nation’s second unionized Trader Joe’s store, after workers voted overwhelmingly last week in favor of joining together to bargain with the retailer for better wages and safer working conditions. About a dozen workers on hand Friday, when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) counted votes in a delivery bay behind […]

Union election begins for over 400 Planned Parenthood workers

Over 400 Planned Parenthood workers in five states, including Minnesota, will begin voting by mail this week in a union organizing election. The National Labor Relations Board will tally votes July 21. Frontline workers at Planned Parenthood North Central States’ 28 facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska are eligible to participate […]