‘Sky’s the limit’ as women workers revive Minnesota’s CLUW chapter

A first meeting earlier this summer drew 44 activists, who got to work drafting bylaws and applying for recognition of the re-emergent Coalition of Labor Union Women chapter.

Unions decry Supreme Court ruling, urge action to protect abortion access

Minnesota’s highest-ranking union officer added to the chorus of labor voices decrying the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, eliminating the federal right to abortion. “Reproductive rights are workers’ rights,” Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bernie Burnham said in a public statement, calling the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade after nearly […]

Unions honor fallen tradespeople on Workers Memorial Day

Twin Cities Building Trades councils observed Workers Memorial Day with a ceremony on the Capitol grounds today, remembering union tradespeople who died from workplace injuries and illnesses over the past year and rededicating their organizations to the cause of safer worksites. “Every worker, regardless of their language, their gender, their skin color, their age or […]

MN unions grew in 2021, bucking national trend

Minnesota bucked the national trend of declining union membership last year, as the state’s union rolls grew by 18,000 workers.

Kera Peterson: To build back better, pass the PRO Act

Building back better means leveling the playing field and giving working people more power to join together and bargain better wages, benefits and working conditions.

Kera Peterson: A distant Labor Day this year, but our solidarity endures 

Labor Day should always be about celebrating the contributions of America’s working people – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

For 20 years, Lynne Larkin-Wright helped union members get through the ‘bumps on the road’

Union members in economic crisis have had a friend in Lynne Larkin-Wright, who retired July 2 from her position as an AFL-CIO Community Services liaison in St. Paul.

On Workers Memorial Day, unions still pleading for enforceable federal protections from deadly COVID-19

Making matters worse, Trump has over the last three years steadily chipped away at the number of federal OSHA investigators, now at its lowest point in the agency’s history.

Strikes surge nationwide

#RedForEd movement, sluggish wage growth behind big uptick in major work stoppages.

House votes to restore worker voice on the job

The PRO Act, which would strengthen protections for workers trying to form a union, is dead on arrival in the Senate.