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.”

Nurses fear Children’s restructuring will leave some without care

In informational picketing, pediatric nurses looked to raise public awareness about their fight for enough staffing and beds for patients at Children’s.

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.

After nearing strike at Allina, SEIU members at local hospitals ratify new contracts

Earlier this month, essential workers at United Hospital and seven other Allina Health facilities were ready to strike for a fair contract that respects their service on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the 4,000 members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota struck a last-minute agreement with Allina and overwhelmingly ratified the new contract. “We […]

As hospital cuts loom in St. Paul, workers demand accountability, engagement from M Health Fairview

With hundreds of jobs at stake, union nurses and health care workers are sounding the alarm on M Health Fairview’s plan to slash services at two St. Paul hospitals and close 16 clinics across the region. The health system announced plans this month to close Bethesda Hospital, the only COVID-19 specialty hospital in the area, […]

Unions hold vigil for workers exposed to COVID-19

“To workers who have contracted COVID, this is for you,” Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary Turner said.

With N-95 collection drive, nurses gear up for challenge ahead

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota grows higher, prompting the state’s health care system to brace for a wave of hospitalizations, registered nurses are holding a collection drive at their union headquarters in St. Paul to stock up on personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies. The public’s support in just the […]

Union-led coalition takes on proposed hospital cuts

“This is patient abandonment,” MNA President Mary Turner said.

Delta touts ‘direct relationship,’ but workers eye strength in numbers

“If this is a family,” one Delta ramp worker said, “it’s the most dysfunctional family I’ve ever been a part of.”

Workers, parents show unity with St. Paul teachers after strike vote

Several unions representing thousands of working people in St. Paul offered up statements of solidarity with SPFT members.