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.

Labor trafficker’s victims speak out, pointing to need for reform

Notorious wage broker Ricardo Batres, who pleaded guilty to felony charges of labor trafficking and insurance fraud in November, received a nine-month sentence in Hennepin County district court Wednesday. The sentencing brought to a close the first labor trafficking case to emerge from Minnesota’s construction industry. But worker advocates, armed with the findings of an […]

Amazon workers sound alarm on conditions inside Eagan warehouse

East African women who load delivery vans delivered a message of their own to the world’s largest internet retailer today.

Teamsters end beer strike, credit ‘labor solidarity’ for keeping them strong

Not one member of Teamsters Local 792 crossed the picket line during the strike, and all 93 striking workers will return to their jobs.

U.S. workplace fatalities on the rise, unions warn

Minnesota, according to an AFL-CIO report, had the 31st highest rate of workplace deaths among states in 2016.

Ken Peterson: Safety legislation offers lesson in policy over party

April 28 is Workers Memorial Day, meant to remember those who were killed at work and to advocate for improved worker safety and health. The day is also a useful reminder that elected representatives don’t need to be locked in acrimony and positional politics and that they can help. Though the pain is great with […]

Ken Peterson: On Workers Memorial Day we remember the dead, fight for the living

Four workers from St. Louis will not be alive to observe Workers Memorial Day on April 28 this year. Their unnecessary deaths earlier in the month are a stark reminder that despite calls for cutting back government regulations, we cannot allow workplace safety standards or enforcement to be reduced. At about 7:30 a.m., Monday, April […]