Unions honor fallen tradespeople on Workers Memorial Day

Twin Cities Building Trades councils observed Workers Memorial Day with a ceremony on the Capitol grounds today, remembering union tradespeople who died from workplace injuries and illnesses over the past year and rededicating their organizations to the cause of safer worksites. “Every worker, regardless of their language, their gender, their skin color, their age or […]

Roslyn Robertson: ‘Every fatality crosses my desk, and my stomach just cringes’

Minnesota’s labor commissioner discusses the state’s efforts to promote safe workplaces and more in this Union Advocate interview.

House bill targets high injury rates in Amazon’s MN warehouses

The bill would prohibit warehouses from disciplining workers for failing to meet a quota that does not account for legally allowed breaks.

Report exposes human cost of Amazon’s business model in Minnesota

Amazon workers this week confirmed the findings of a new report that paints a troubling picture of labor conditions and inequities at the retailer’s Minnesota warehouses, prompting one state lawmaker to pledge action in the coming legislative session.

St. Paul Park refinery picks fight with Building Trades unions, too

Teamsters aren’t the only union members Marathon is looking to replace with nonunion, out-of-state workers at the St. Paul Park refinery. They aren’t the only ones fighting back, either. Earlier this month, several Building and Construction Trades unions began setting up banners around the refinery, publicly shaming Marathon for turning its back on Minnesota contractors […]

Union family sticking together as Marathon lockout drags on

Friends and family members are backing Teamsters in their fight for safe jobs and communities.

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.”

On Workers Memorial Day, unions still pleading for enforceable federal protections from deadly COVID-19

Making matters worse, Trump has over the last three years steadily chipped away at the number of federal OSHA investigators, now at its lowest point in the agency’s history.

Unions move quickly to keep tradespeople safe on jobsites

Union leaders are taking COVID-19 – and their members’ concerns about the pandemic – seriously.

Workers Memorial Day: Walz issues proclamation, unions plan remote observance

As unions pause to remember their fallen members, COVID-19 has given new urgency to their fight for worker safety.