SEIU Healthcare Minnesota looks to its past in order to move forward

At a time when many pundits and prognosticators are declaring the demise of the labor movement, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota is defying the doom and moving forward. The 10,000-plus members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota face great challenges, not only in the federal Affordable Care Act and the state MNSure program, but also in two new campaigns.


University of Minnesota employees rally for sliding-scale health care model

Unions at the University held a rally protesting the increasing premiums and deductibles of the University's health care, UPlan, for employees at Morill Hall on Thursday. (Photo by Chelsea Gortmaker)

Hundreds rallied against proposed changes to the employee health care plan in front of the University of Minnesota’s main administrative building Thursday.


Wondering what the Affordable Care Act means for your nonprofit organization?

Next Tuesday, October 1, is go live day! MNsure, the state’s new health insurance marketplace, will officially open for business. It is truly exciting to think of how MNsure will help hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans get affordable and comprehensive health coverage.


The Affordable Care Act, President Obama cares

Today at the gym I was treated to Sen. Ted Cruz doing his filibuster to supposedly protect Americans from the evil Affordable Care Act (called “Obamacare” by some).


Let them eat cake: The compassionate conservatism of Paul Ryan and the Republican Party

Michael Harrington’s 1962 The Other America told the story of two countries. One was a country of affluence, where people had enough to eat, a roof over their heads, health insurance, and the prospects of a good life. The other was a country where a quarter of the population lived at or below poverty, often were homeless, lacked health insurance, and whose prospects for a good life were dim at best. Both countries were the United States. And unfortunately 50 years later, not much has changed, with America still a tale of two countries–rich and poor, hopeful and hopeless. At least this is the conclusion of recent Census Bureau study on poverty in America. But despite this news, Paul Ryan and the Republicans want to gut food stamps and defund Obama Care. Yet the great irony is that the people they hurt the most are their own constituents.


SEIU Healthcare Minnesota celebrates 80th anniversary, welcomes home care workers

Home care workers and the clients they serve held a press conference Friday to describe how a union will improve their lives. (Workday Minnesota photo)

Service Employees International Union Healthcare Minnesota celebrated its 80th anniversary this weekend by welcoming home care workers who hope to join the union.


AFSCME to rally Thursday for affordable health care

AFSCME members at the University of Minnesota will lead a rally Thursday for affordable and accessible health care for all.


Touchstone Mental Health brings a holistic approach to the care of mental illness

Touchstone Mental Health Rising Cedar Apartments and Community Health and Wellness Center is a new center designed for people living with mental illness located on Snelling Avenue in Seward.

Touchstone Mental Health Rising Cedar Apartments is a new living and wellness building in Seward that is designed to help people living with mental illness overcome significant obstacles – housing instability, isolation and unemployment, and a life expectancy that is 25 years less than the general population. The building is home to both Rising Cedar Apartments and a Community Health and Wellness Center, and it takes a holistic approach to the care of people living with mental illness.


One millenial's case for MNSure and Obamacare

The people who are dumping on MnSure and threatening to de-fund the Affordable Care Act really need to listen to us struggling Millennials.


Reflections of new Minnesotans: Working with refugees in Minneapolis' Northwest suburbs

Julia is joined by Wokie Freeman from African Career, Education, and Resources, Inc. Freeman discusses ACER's work in Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center. [Audio below]

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