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

  UPDATE 9/29/16 – United Steelworkers Local 11-00418 announced on its Facebook page that its members will vote on a contract proposal from the company, reached during bargaining Monday. The local is withholding details of the proposal until the ratification vote Oct. 3, but acknowledged that it made some concessions to the company: “You all […]

‘I don’t have a pension … What makes you so special?’

If your job offers a defined-benefit retirement plan, odds are good you’ve heard it before, maybe even across the negotiating table: Pensions are a relic of the past. Bolstered by slick marketing campaigns underwritten by Wall Street investment firms, employers have been successful in convincing a generation of American workers they don’t need pensions to […]