Union pledges fight as AT&T plans more Twin Cities store closings

Local job cuts at AT&T will continue this spring, when the company plans to close three more wireless retail locations in the Twin Cities suburbs, according to Communications Workers Local 7250. The union, which represents AT&T wireless sales reps, technicians and call-center employees in Minnesota, received official notification of the store closings yesterday. AT&T closed […]

Labor values are lived, not learned for union members on the 2020 ballot

Members of labor unions make the best labor-endorsed candidates. Fortunately for working families, several union members are running for office this year with the Labor 2020 endorsement. “We know that when union members hold public office, they champion our values and work hard to shift the balance of power for working people,” said Bill McCarthy, […]

As nonprofits face uncertain times, some employees look to unionize

“I never thought about myself as a worker until we started our union campaign,” Hope organizer Shruti Kamissety said. “So I’m very invested in making sure my friends, people at other nonprofits, know everyone can unionize.”

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.

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 […]

Day of action unites working people in St. Paul, nationwide

Public-sector workers aren’t cowering from the Janus decision. And they aren’t standing alone, either.

U.S. negotiators following TPP script in NAFTA 2.0 talks, observers warn

Two months into NAFTA renegotiation talks, the process is looking awfully familiar to labor and fair-trade observers – and not in a good way. When his trade representatives opened talks with Canada and Mexico in August, President Trump pledged to deliver “a better deal for our workers.” But so far, Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition Director […]

Poised to strike this weekend, AT&T wireless workers seek support on picket line

Some 21,000 AT&T wireless workers in 36 states – including about 2,000 in Minnesota – plan to strike this weekend, a show of frustration over the company’s failure to negotiate a new contract that protects good, family-supporting jobs. The strike is set to begin at 2 p.m. tomorrow unless AT&T and the Communications Workers of America, which […]

Unions gaining public favor, losing ground in workplace

Union members are becoming increasingly scarce in the U.S. labor force. It’s a trend that continued in 2016, when union density fell from 11.1 to 10.7 percent of the total workforce, according to federal report issued in January. Unions’ demise has assumed an aura of inevitability. So when the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its […]

As local preemption debate heats up, new book charts CA city’s progressive renewal

Mayoral elections are on the horizon in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Corporate lobbyists at the Minnesota Capitol are taking aim at local ordinances expanding access to earned sick and safe time. The timing, it seems, couldn’t be better for author Steve Early’s book reading and discussion at 7 p.m. March 7 at the East […]