Essential workers tell lawmakers: Minnesotans support emergency leave

“We aren’t asking for a handout,” Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary Turner said. “What we are asking for is justice.”

As special session nears, unions push lawmakers to prioritize working people

Minnesota unions are calling on state lawmakers to include crisis relief, paid leave and protections for working people in their final budget. “Working people need their lawmakers’ help,” they said in a letter to legislative leaders this week.

Walz joins Building Trades unions in remembering fallen workers

In a ceremony today on the State Capitol grounds, Gov. Tim Walz and Labor Commissioner Roslyn Robertson joined members of Twin Cities Building Trades unions in paying tribute to workers who died in the past two years due to work-related injuries or illnesses.  Observed each year on April 28, Workers Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives on the job. In ceremonies across North America, union members pause […]

Metro Transit workers reject management’s ‘best and final’ offer

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 voted May 17 to reject Metro Transit’s “best and final offer.” The vote, in which 72% opposed the deal, shows “the members want management to get to the table and get this finished,” Ryan Timlin, Local 1005 president, said. The union planned to request additional bargaining dates. Local […]

After ‘six years of purgatory,’ retirees celebrate pension fix with Smith

The Minnesota senator fought to include a rescue measure in the American Rescue Plan, protecting pension benefits for 1.5 million active and retired workers.

Budget axe falls on School District 197’s frontline workers

School board members signed off on the cuts over pleas from teachers, parents and paraprofessionals to reconsider.

Wait for vaccines to reopen schools, St. Paul educators say

St. Paul educators, parents and community members wary of the district’s plan to resume in-person learning staged a car rally Jan. 12, calling on administrators to hold off on reopening buildings until COVID-19 vaccines are available to school staff. St. Paul Public Schools plans to begin a phased-in reopening of elementary schools and some other […]

COVID testing is free, fast and encouraged for frontline workers

COVID-19 testing is fast, safe and open to anyone free of charge at 21 community testing sites across Minnesota. That’s the message state health officials want union members – and all frontline workers – to hear as more businesses, schools and other gathering places begin reopening to the public. As a small group of union […]

Making the adjustment: Union apprenticeship programs get creative to navigate COVID-19 safely

The result isn’t always ideal, but what has been in 2020? 

With talks stuck in low gear, Metro Transit workers seek public support

ATU Local 1005 says it has delivered over 10,000 emails to Met Council members, but union members’ concerns are falling on deaf ears.