Labor

Sumer Spika: Home care workers unionize to bring dignity to work we love

On Tuesday, July 8th, I was proud to be part of the group who celebrated turning in thousands of cards signed by Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) and other home care workers from across Minnesota ex

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On strike! 80 years ago Minneapolis goes union

This week, local labor activists have organized a series of events to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters’ strikes. These strikes changed the course of history and the lives of tens of thousands of working people. They transformed Minneapolis from one of the country’s most notorious anti-union citadels into a “union town.” The story of this transformation resonates with the challenges faced by working women and men in 2014.

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Are children working on Minnesota school construction sites?

The Laborers Union says a youth under age 18 was working on this school construction site in Minnetonka, in possible violation of state and federal law.

The Laborers International Union has identified a second possible case of child labor being used on Minnesota construction sites and has alerted authorities at both the state and national level.

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Events July 17-20 to commemorate 80th anniversary of 1934 Teamsters strike

Events planned for four days July 17-20 will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Minneapolis Teamsters strikes of 1934. considered the most significant single labor event in Minnesota history.

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OPINION | The question for jobs and markets: "For whom?"

Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area have been dished a steady diet of good, healthy news about job numbers and unemployment this spring. What we don’t know yet is whether statistics will pay the grocery bill.

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Video: Adjunct union vote this week at St. Thomas

On the heels of a successful campaign to form an adjunct faculty union at Hamline University, adjuncts at St. Thomas will vote this week about whether they would also like a union. Advocates say their work at UST is not compenstated sufficiently, and that instructors face a level of uncertainty and job instability around issues like class assignments, schedules, work space, and more. As contingent labor, individual faculty members have limited power to negotiate better terms, but organizers hope that collectively they can have more influence over the terms of their employment.

Tipped worker pay stirs up minimum wage debate

Patrick Moen gives a drink to a customer at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery on July 7, 2014. Moen is one of many servers whose wages could be capped at $8 an hour if advocates successfully push for a tipped employee tier next session. (Photo by Samuel Harper)

Though Minnesota lawmakers recently raised the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2016, servers and other tipped employees can expect to see a push to lock in their wages at a lower hourly rate.

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Home care workers file for largest union election in Minnesota history

Tyler Frank, who cares for his partner, Nicole, was among the home care workers who spoke at a rally Tuesday after filing for union representation.

Joined by the clients they serve, workers who care for people in their homes filed Tuesday to form a union. Organizing under the slogan, “Invisible No More,” they said a union will improve pay, working conditions and the quality of care.

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Summit Academy students, Will Steger break ground on cabin-building initiative in BWCA

This summer, students will get real-life construction experience using recycled materials, while replacing a cabin at the center that burned down three years ago. (Photo by John Ratzloff)

William Moreland experienced a lot of firsts as he wrapped up his studies at Summit Academy OIC, a community-based vocational training and job placement program in North Minneapolis.

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University employees won't receive benefits for same-sex domestic partners next year

University professor Benjamin Munson and his partner Kevin Burk look through used books at the Twin Cities Pride festival June 28, 2014. Munson and Burk received domestic partnership benefits before they got married last summer. (Photo by Lisa Persson)

Before professor Benjamin Munson married his partner last summer, the two received University of Minnesota health benefits for being in a same-sex domestic partnership.

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