Staffing crisis prompts school employees to ask for support, patience

“Take a breath and remember that the educators and staff who chose to come back this fall did so because they really care about the students and want them to succeed,” Education Minnesota President Denise Specht said.

Newly unionized Chisago Lakes custodians tap community support in first contract campaign

The district has shown little interest, workers said, in addressing their concerns about wages, workloads and turnover.

As driver shortage hampers start of school, unions point to low pay, benefits

Access to unemployment insurance would help retain drivers through the lean times, advocates said.

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.

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.

Excluded from unemployment benefits, hourly school workers speak out: ‘It is insulting’

School employees have been fighting to change the law restricting their access to UI benefits for decades. Now, the pandemic has brought the issue to a tipping point.

Unions push pandemic response leaving no worker behind

Unions seek protective gear, emergency sick leave, bonding bill as part of pandemic response.

Mounds View paras stick together with strike vote

Union demands reflect the changing nature of paras’ work.

Hamline puts posturing before progress in contract talks, adjuncts say

Adjunct faculty members accuse school administrators of trying to weaken their union and marginalize their status on campus.

Proposal to slash special ed stuns Cambridge-Isanti parents, staff

“It was basically a slap in the face to us, that we don’t mean anything,” special-ed para Melanie Custer said.