Best of Neighborhood News 9/8: Allina Nurses on Strike, West Broadway to Host First Open Streets, CLUES’ Efforts to Diversify the Workforce

Nurses and Allies Join Outside Allina Locations for a Strike With No End Date 
Despite the rain, more than 2,500 nurses picketed outside of Allina Health Center on Monday, with a total of about 3,800 nurses covered by the union contract.  A proposal, submitted by the union at 5:15 a.m. Saturday, was not responded to, causing the strike. Nurses have voiced their concerns about proper staffing, health plans and safety concerns, including providing a 24-hour security guard in emergency rooms to protect nurses and patients. Nurses plan to continue striking without a confirmed end date until an agreement can be reached. No new negotiation plans have been set, and Allina is attempting to run their facilities with supervisors and replacement workers. Continue Reading

Best of Neighborhood News 9/1: $15 minimum wage struck down, Cedar-Riverside rhetoric concerns, union representation for airport workers

Minnesota Supreme Court strikes down minimum wage ballot measure
Following the Aug. 22 court decision to include the wage increase measure on November’s ballot, the Minneapolis City Council decided to appeal the matter to the state Supreme Court, siting legality issues. Advocates for the wage increase gathered in front of the City Hall at 9:30 a.m., on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 31 to voice their concerns. Later that afternoon, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided against putting the minimum wage question on the ballot. Continue Reading