In August 2013 Deb Derke was getting ready to leave for a week-long vacation in Nashville when she heard her husband Kyle hit the ground with a loud thump. Kyle had suffered a heart attack, and shortly after he had a stroke that paralyzed the left side of his body. Since then Derke, who has been em ... More >>
St. Paul is poised to become the second city in Minnesota (after Brooklyn Park) to offer paid maternity leave to city employees.A resolution that has the unanimous support of the city's seven council members "would provide four weeks paid salary to the birthing employee mother and two weeks paid sal ... More >>
The message conveyed by protesters who stormed the Uptown McDonald's last week was heard loud and clear by at least a couple members of the Minneapolis City Council.Council member Alondra Cano tells us she's working with the U.S. Department of Labor to get a sense of the legal challenges the city co ... More >>
Buried in a recent Star Tribune piece about the Minneapolis mayoral race is a shocking quote from City Council member and mayoral candidate Don Samuels.SEE ALSO: Who's in the race? A guide to the six candidates for Minneapolis mayor In one passage, Samuels seems to say that a coalition of union work ... More >>
A bill advancing in the House would would raise the state's minimum wage from $6.15 for large employers and $5.25 for small employers all the way up to $10.55 and $9, respectively.ANOTHER MINIMUM WAGE BILL: DFLers want to raise minimum wage 30 percent to $9.50It sounds like that's a little ambitious ... More >>
Rep. Ryan Winkler, D-Golden Valley, thinks it's about time low-paid Minnesota workers get a raise -- and a big one, at that.SEE ALSO: Mary Franson thinks City Pages blogger should blame his rent increase on Gov. Dayton Winkler's bill to raise the state's minimum wage from $6.15 for large employers a ... More >>
During his State of the Union speech last night, President Obama called for the federal minimum wage to be raised to $9 an hour. Two DFL lawmakers want to do him one better.SEE ALSO: Tom Emmer goes after food server wagesA bill introduced in the House by Rep. Melissa Hortman, D-Brooklyn Park, and in ... More >>
Today is the day classical music died in Minneapolis, at least through the end of November -- the Minnesota Orchestra has cancelled all concerts at least until December after management and musicians couldn't settle a dispute over their next collective bargaining agreement.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Orches ... More >>
The Wedge Co-op recently held its first bargaining session with union officials representing the co-op's warehouse employees, and both sides are optimistic about negotiations. Wedge members rebelled in April after City Pages reported that the co-op had hired "anti-union" law firm Seaton Peters & ... More >>
A new study co-authored by Connie Wanberg, associate dean at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, finds that being unemployed is most difficult right after losing a job and after a job search has gone on for more than two months. Wanberg and her colleagues tracked 177 unemploy ... More >>
The Wedge Co-op has dropped Seaton, Peters & Revnew as its law firm for labor negotiations with newly unionized warehouse workers following critical feedback from members. Wedge board president Sarah Wovcha says she received numerous emails from members about the law firm's perceived "anti-unio ... More >>
The Wedge Co-op has hired an anti-union law firm to handle labor negotiations with its newly unionized warehouse employees, a labor organizer says. Wedge spokeswoman Elizabeth Archerd confirms the co-op has hired Seaton, Peters & Revnew to "advise on the legalities of contract negotiations," th ... More >>
Jimmy John's violated labor law when it fired six union organizers in March 2011, a judge ruled Friday.Administrative judge Arthur Amchan's ruling follows a February trial involving Miklin Enterprises, a local Jimmy John's franchisee, and the National Labor Relations Board. In 2010, several Jimmy Jo ... More >>
It's a dark day for proponents of the University of Minnesota's campaign to unionize graduate student workers. After a long and arduous push, students voted against forming a union last week, according to the college's Office of Human Resources. In total, 2,999 votes were cast across the Twin Citie ... More >>
This week, for the fourth time since 1990, graduate student workers at the University of Minnesota are voting on whether to unionize. If a majority of voters support the unionization proposal, the U of M's graduate students will organize under the umbrella of United Auto Workers. Graduate student ... More >>
Yesterday, the state Department of Employment and Economic Development announced it has awarded more than $2.2 million in grants to provide services for 585 workers who were recently laid off at eight Minnesota businesses.The grants represent a significant public expense meant to help out-of-work ... More >>
Take Back the Capitol wound down todayA week of action in Washington wound down today as the 99% made another push for legislation benefiting unemployed people. Earlier this week, protesters occupied several congressional offices, including Michele Bachmann's, and shut down K Street. The gro ... More >>
Michele Bachmann's office has protesters in itMinnesotans representing the 99% are staging sit-ins at their congressional representatives' offices in Washington. The protesters arrived at the offices of Michele Bachmann, Chip Cravaack, John Kline, and Erik Paulsen earlier this morning to dem ... More >>
Hey Ricky, how do you say "lockout" in Spanish?The Minnesota state government wasn't the only thing that shut down at midnight last night. An hour earlier, at 12:01 Eastern time, the NBA entered a lockout that could postpone next season, if not cancel it altogether. As the existing collecti ... More >>
Is it time to protest in St. Paul?After introducing a bevy of union-busting bills, Minnesota Republicans are sure starting to look like their Tea Party-ing Wisconsin counterparts. One measure, authored by Waseca Sen. Mike Parry, calls for the state--as well as local county governments and schoo ... More >>
Jon Stewart: Equal opportunity sarcasm.Democrats and union members in Wisconsin hoping for some love from the reliably liberal Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" got a rude awakening yesterday. Stewart first took a shot at the Republican cheeseheads who are trying to neuter public employee unio ... More >>
So Unionized You'll Freak
Photo: akaaliasA tough week for the un-tenured at St. Cloud StateIt's been a rough past week for a couple dozen faculty members at St. Cloud State University. In order to balance a stiff budget and meet union deadlines, the college sent out 26 layoff notices on the same day late last week to ... More >>
The effort to organize local latte-slingers could hurt the ailing chain
Slaughterhouse Rules: Is South St. Paul's Dakota Premium Foods plant "in open-warfare mode" against labor?
Star Tribune Publisher Par Ridder this afternoon announced a plan to cut the paper's workforce by 145 people; 50 layoffs are expected in the newsroom. Some jobs will be eliminated, but in a memo to the staff, Ridder explained that if too few people take voluntary buyouts layoffs will be required. ... More >>
If the U.S. Senate tomorrow approves a controversial measure that would both increase the minimum wage and lower estate taxes for the very wealthy, servers in Minnesota restaurants can kiss goodbye some $4 an hour in wages.
The Associated Press is reporting that David Edmondson, the CEO of RadioShack Corp., is stepping down for lying on his resume. Coincidentally, a press release came over the transom today proving that Edmondson is hardly alone.
The base executive compensation of NWA's CEO is greater than that of his peers at Southwest Airlines and JetBlue. The ranks of Northwest's management team has not been cut as severely as its mechanics and maintainence workers, nor been asked for wage cuts as steep as those recently agreed to by its ... More >>
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Falling carcasses and untreated injuries: Meatpackers at Dakota Premium Foods were driven to form a union. But not even that got the company's attention.
Hennepin County Medical Center's interpreters decided to join a union. They were surprised to learn they were already spoken for.
Twin Cities school-bus workers vote to unionize--again
With labor unrest brewing among airline employees, Northwest's PR doctors keep spinning in the wind
Laborers' union members, mostly low-paid black and Hispanic workers, financed their president's White House visits while the Justice Department quashed a mob investigation.
"[Dayton-Hudson CEO] Bob Ulrich got a 200 percent raise after the value of the company stock doubled," says one Target employee. "We got a 2.7 percent raise. And for Christmas I got a box of candy."
By interfering with the Teamsters, a union only just emerging from a scabrous history of institutionalized malfeasance, the Clintonoids displayed their utter contempt for union democracy and for the labor movement itself.
If an upcoming vote goes as expected, nurse Foluso Allison and his colleagues at the Nile Health Care Center will become the fifth local nursing-home staff to unionize in the past year