As staffing crisis deepens, DFL lawmakers respond with bill to keep nurses at bedside

Sen. Erin Murphy, a registered nurse and the bill’s chief author, called the measure “a hyperlocal, hospital-by-hospital approach” to dealing with the staffing crisis.

Union educators join effort to expand child care, early ed

“Teachers are leaving the profession at very high rates, and no one who has worked in a school or child care center is surprised,” one former educator said.

As session begins, Minnesota unions see opportunity for investments in infrastructure, frontline workers

It’s a bonding year, but a record budget surplus and unspent federal pandemic relief funds could allow for more broad spending measures, including long-delayed compensation for frontline workers.

Minnesota AFL-CIO wraps 55th convention with call for solidarity

Delegates reflected on the importance of solidarity during times of crisis, and reaffirmed their commitment to building a just, inclusive labor movement.

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 […]

Walz joins Building Trades unions in remembering fallen workers

In a ceremony today on the State Capitol grounds, Gov. Tim Walz and Labor Commissioner Roslyn Robertson joined members of Twin Cities Building Trades unions in paying tribute to workers who died in the past two years due to work-related injuries or illnesses.  Observed each year on April 28, Workers Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives on the job. In ceremonies across North America, union members pause […]

Community rallies around refinery workers as Marathon lockout enters third week

Each day the lockout continues, Teamsters warn, Marathon is putting its workers and surrounding communities at risk.

With talks stuck in low gear, Metro Transit workers seek public support

ATU Local 1005 says it has delivered over 10,000 emails to Met Council members, but union members’ concerns are falling on deaf ears.

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.”