Labor

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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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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