Essential workers deserve a good contract, Cottage Grove Steelworkers tell 3M

“Everyone’s together on this,” John Helkamp, the local’s financial secretary, said. “We’re essential workers. We’d like a fair contract.” 

Mounds View paras stick together with strike vote

Union demands reflect the changing nature of paras’ work.

Outbreak adds urgency to janitors’ push for sick pay

The epidemic puts a grim spotlight on access to sick leave in the U.S.

St. Paul educators set March 10 strike deadline

SPFE gave the district a preview today, picketing at several school sites.

SPFE sets strike vote, parent info session

Find out what St. Paul educators are fighting for – and why they’re willing to strike for it.

1,800 HealthPartners caregivers set strike date

Another 1,200 OPEIU members may honor SEIU’s picket line.

ISD 622 support staff push back, win contracts they deserve

Turns out, the district’s “best and final offer” was neither best nor final.

St. Paul educators to district: ‘We’re here for our students’

Unions’ student-centered demands are falling on deaf ears.

At organizing boot camp, workers look to build power from the inside out

It takes a strong union to bargain a strong contract. Or, as CWA Local 7304 member Jim Wiebe put it: “A hammer doesn’t swing by itself.” A union steward and welder at the New Flyer bus facility in St. Cloud, Wiebe was one of 55 activists from across the Midwest who traveled to St. Paul […]

SPFT, district reach agreement, pledge to take on funding shortfalls together

Members of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers will not strike tomorrow, but they aren’t walking away from the fight for fully funded schools.