Union coverage to continue after Rainbow grocery sale

Workers at Twin Cities Rainbow grocery stores that are being sold will continue to have union representation with their new employers, the United Food & Commercial Workers said. Workers at Rainbow stores that are likely to close will receive severance and other benefits and will get help in finding employment, the union said.


Worthington packinghouse workers authorize strike

Workers at the JBS pork processing facility have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, their union announced.


Fair is fair: Raise the federal minimum wage

Last week, Republicans in the Senate blocked a vote on whether to enact a modest raise of the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and the tipped minimum wage from $2.13 an hour to 70 percent of the minimum wage. Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid has vowed to bring it up for a vote again. He should. And it should pass.


BEHIND THE STORY | From symbolic gesture to social change

On April 25, I had the privilege of attending the Minneapolis City Council meeting where the local government body voted unanimously to observe Indigenous People’s Day on the day of the federal hol


May 1 marchers demanding immigration reform block Minneapolis intersection

Photos and video by Paige Elliott

Members of Asamblea de Derechos Civiles (“Assembly for Civil Rights”), faith and labor groups, civil rights activists, including American Indian Movement leader Clyde Bellecourt, and a host of others, gathered at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis May 1 to call for comprehensive immigration reform and the end of deportations. 


Plumbers make repairs for needy homeowners

Plumbers Local 15 members Jeff Corbett (left) Steve Friend (right) were among the 96 union plumbers who volunteered for the annual “Water’s Off” event.

Volunteer plumbers from Minneapolis/St. Cloud Plumbers Local 15 and St. Paul/Mankato Plumbers Local 34 helped 81 needy homeowners as part of the 20th annual “Water’s Off” day of community service Saturday, April 5.


Former SEIU organizer Abdi Muse is Mayor Hodges' labor liaison

A few days after the November 2013 election, Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges visited the delegate meeting of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation and made a promise.


May 4: 40th annual MayDay Parade will include themes inspired by city's 1934 Teamsters strikes

The annual MayDay Parade and Festival presented by the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is known both for celebrating spring and for honoring people’s struggles against rampant capitalism.


May 3: Local and national musicians team up for concert to celebrate life of folksinger Pete Seeger

The music of American folksinger Pete Seeger, who died January 27, will be celebrated at a concert May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul. Tickets for the concert, “For Pete’s Sake,” are available for $30 plus fees at the Fitzgerald box office, at or at 800-982-2787.


Should family caregivers have protected status? Conferees discuss Women's Economic Security Act provision

Rep. Carly Melin and Senate President Sandy Pappas listen as legislative staff do a side-by-side comparison of HF2536*/SF2050, the so-called “Women’s Economic Security Act,” during an April 29 meeting of the conference committee. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

If you’re a family caregiver should you be protected against discrimination in the workplace? This is the question the conference committee on the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) seeks to answer as it considers expanding protected classes within the Minnesota Human Rights Act.

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