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.

Jesse Paggen: We can emerge stronger after Janus – and we must

“My union has been working hard to make certain we don’t let any divide-and-conquer techniques rip us apart.”

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.

Ruling deals blow to faculty union drive at U’s Twin Cities campus

A Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling issued yesterday dealt a setback to faculty members organizing a union at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus, who are now weighing an appeal to the state’s Supreme Court. The ruling overturned a decision by the Bureau of Mediation Services, which oversees public employee labor disputes in Minnesota, […]