Leadership changes, but Trades’ focus remains on building careers, communities

A new president gaveled the 75th convention of the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council to order at Madden’s on Gull Lake today, as delegates unanimously affirmed their Executive Board in electing Laborers Local 563 Business Manager Joe Fowler to lead the statewide organization.   President Emeritus Harry Melander, who retired in June after […]

Unions say Minnesota’s new labor board is ‘superior in every way,’ but its future remains uncertain

The fate of a newly opened state agency dedicated to keeping public-sector labor disputes out of court hangs in the balance as Minnesota lawmakers negotiate a new, two-year budget.

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.

Outside Amazon fulfillment center, workers demand tax fairness

Workers unfurled a “Tax the Rich” banner outside Amazon’s Shakopee fulfillment center today.

Film stimulus would position Minnesota to capitalize on pent-up demand for new TV, movie production

A bill before the Minnesota Legislature would lure production companies with a backlog of content they are waiting to produce. And as demonstrated these past 12 months, there is a demand for it. But we need to act now.

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, […]

Walz signs historic infrastructure bill from Ironworkers’ training floor

The bill also provides a long-sought emergency rate increase for the state’s home care workers and keeps open two correctional facilities.

Senate GOP ousts MN labor commissioner, plays politics with worker health, safety

Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy called the party-line vote a “slap in the face to working Minnesotans.”

As GOP plays politics with infrastructure bill, tradespeople warn their jobs hang in balance

The standoff comes at a delicate time for both the construction industry and the state’s economy.

Keith Ellison: Time to address wage theft is now

If American workers are a ship trying to sail forward in ever rougher seas, wage theft is a dragging anchor holding them back.