Labor

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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Hamline's adjunct union raises skepticism for some

David Weiss hasn’t seen his salary increase in about nine years. Since he began teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University, he said he’s made about $4,000 per course.

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Supreme Court decision will not slow organizing efforts, workers say

Minnesota home care workers say a U.S. Supreme Court decision will not slow their efforts to organize for a voice on the job. (Photo courtesy of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota)

Workers in Minnesota and other states say they will continue organizing, despite Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that imposes some limits on how unions are financed.

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Hamline adjunct faculty members vote to join union

In the first union-organizing election among faculty members at a private college in Minnesota, adjunct instructors at Hamline University in St. Paul voted to join Local 284 of the Service Employees International Union.

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New pathways for teachers of color

For students and families alike, seeing school reflect their identities and experiences is important. A key part is who’s in front of the classroom.

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University of St. Thomas adjuncts prepare for July union vote

Adjunct professors at the University of St. Thomas, the third group of St. Paul college educators to file a petition to unionize with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), are scheduled to have their ballots sent out on July 3, according to Kelly Donahue, a St. Thomas adjunct organizer.

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