Nurses call for ‘Robin Hood Tax’ on Wall Street transactions

Dressed as modern-day members of the band of Merry Men, union nurses fanned out across downtown Minneapolis today, doling out bottles of water and a prescription for healing what ails the American economy. The nurses’ solution? A “Robin Hood Tax” on Wall Street transactions. The plan would place a small sales tax – less than […]

Letter Carriers collect 300,000 pounds of food for Second Harvest

St. Paul Letter carriers collected more than 300,000 pounds of non-perishable food items May 12 during their union’s annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. The estimated total is a slight improvement over last year’s total – and a big boost for emergency food shelves maintained by Second Harvest Heartland in the East Metro area. The […]

Immigrant workers march on Wells Fargo, accuse bank of betraying their communities

Hundreds marched through the streets of downtown Minneapolis on May 11, protesting the recklessness and hypocrisy of Wells Fargo’s dealings with Minnesota’s immigrant community. The march capped a weeklong string of “Occupy”-style protests across the Twin Cities. Organized by the Service Employees union (SEIU) in partnership with several progressive, faith-based and labor groups, the “99 […]

Union reaches tentative agreement with The Saint Paul Hotel

After six months of unusually bitter contract negotiations, union workers at The Saint Paul Hotel will vote May 17 on a tentative agreement with the company on a new three-year contract. Leaders of UNITE HERE Local 17, the union that represents about 170 workers at the downtown hotel, are recommending members vote to accept the […]

Service Employees plan Friday march on Wells Fargo in Minneapolis

The Service Employees International Union is urging people who bank with Wells Fargo to take their business elsewhere, citing the bank’s record of bankrolling anti-immigrant and anti-worker forces in Minnesota. The union, led by SEIU Local 26, will stage a rally at the Wells Fargo Bank downtown Minneapolis (6th St. & Marquette Ave.) on Friday, […]

Workers expose Verizon’s corporate greed

In public actions across the Twin Cities yesterday, union workers asked consumers to stop buying Verizon Wireless products until the company starts dealing fairly with its workers. Members the Communications Workers of America distributed leaflets outside the Verizon Store in Roseville and on the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, rebranding the company “VeriGreedy” for its treatment […]

Workers to keep pressure on Verizon with May 3 picket in Roseville

Apparently, Verizon didn’t get the message the first time. On March 22, union members protested outside Verizon Stores across the country in a “Verizon National Day of Action.” Tomorrow workers nationwide will stage more informational pickets, timed to coincide with the company’s annual shareholder meeting Alabama. In the Twin Cities, the informational picket will take […]

On Workers Memorial Day, unions remember the fallen

In Workers Memorial Day ceremonies held across the country April 27 to 30, union members paused to remember the men and women who died on the job or as a result of work-related injury or disease in the previous year. In St. Paul, Building Trades unions from the Twin Cities metro area held a ceremony […]

Letter Carriers urge to Franken to shape postal reform

Letter Carriers delivered a message to Minnesota Sen. Al Franken on April 17, gathering outside DFLer’s office in St. Paul to urge him not to support efforts afoot in Congress to dismantle the U.S. Postal Service. Roughly 50 people took part in the early-evening demonstration, organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Members of […]

One year later, judge orders Jimmy John’s to reinstate fired whistleblowers

A federal judge last month ordered a Twin Cities-based Jimmy John’s restaurant franchise to reinstate six workers fired over one year ago after blowing the whistle on company policies that expose customers to sandwiches made by sick workers. The union seeking to organize Jimmy John’s workers praised the ruling as a victory for whistleblower rights, […]