Labor

Ford, finally RIP

I owned a Ford once. It sucked. I had reasons to agree with the jokes about Ford meaning “Fix Or Repair Daily” or “Found On Road Dead.” After that Ford, I didn’t own another car for 12 years. And I became a transportation planner because I never liked having to drive in the first place and wanted to improve options and safety for people who either have to or who choose to walk, ride transit, and bike.

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Airport workers, disability-rights advocates join in push for higher wages

Demonstrators block traffic outside Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, protesting low wages and poor conditions for workers who provide services to travelers with disabilities.

A demonstration in support of low-wage workers who assist Delta Air Lines’ operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport began at today’s meeting of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) and spilled into the roadway outside Terminal 1’s ticketing area, forcing lane closures and resulting in 13 arrests.

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First thoughts on California teacher ruling

On Tuesday, a judge ruled against California’s teacher tenure laws. The ruling unleashed a host of emotional responses, from jubilation to despair. If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, here are some starting points, with more to come (including repercussions for Minnesota) early next week.

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New CTUL-Target agreement underscores innovative organizing strategies across Minnesota

While it's easy to file the new Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) agreement with Target for the just treatment of subcontracted janitors under "urban," the seven county metro agreement reflects a new strategy for organizing workers.

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Janitors celebrate Target win

The Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en La Lucha (CTUL) celebrated a victory June 10, as Target adopted a new policy to protect the rights of janitors who clean Target stores. The janitors work for contractors, not as direct employees of Target. Under the new Responsible Contractor Policy, Target will ensure that workers have rights to collectively bargain, to form safety committees in the workplace, and that they not be forced to work seven days a week.

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OPINION | Opportunity gaps persist after college graduation

In roughly three months’ time, as classrooms fill and teachers work to engage and motivate their new charges, many students will hear a time-honored presentation on the importance of a college degree. College degrees, they will be told, increase your likelihood of getting a job, and they increase how much you will be paid over the course of your career.

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What's needed to 'move on up' in Minnesota?

The scene opens to a shot of a rental truck rolling down the streets of Manhattan. Cue the music, “Well we’re movin’ on up.” A taxi cab trails behind the truck. “To the East Side.” In the back seat of the cab are George and Louise Jefferson, who are moving “to a deluxe apartment in the sky.”

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Twin Cities workers join nationwide Walmart strike

U.S. Rep Keith Ellison hugs Cantare Davunt, who walked out of her job at Walmart in Apple Valley to join the OUR Walmart strike. (Photo by Michael Moore)

Walmart associates from Apple Valley and Brooklyn Center walked off the job Wednesday, joining another nationwide wave of strikes and demonstrations targeting the world’s largest retailer for its low pay and retaliation against workers looking to organize.

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Descendants of 1934's Teamster strikers carry proud legacy

Left, Colleen Casey, granddaughter of Edward "Al" Nass; Right, Linnea Sommer, granddaughter of Chester Johnson

The 10 or so people gathering in a 1920s home in St. Paul might have been meeting for the first time, but they forged an instant bond. Their parents or grandparents 80 years ago stood together and fought in the streets of Minneapolis for the right to organize a union during 1934’s Teamsters strikes.

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