Yesterday, janitors who clean Target stores announced a two-day strike motivated by what they regard as inadequate pay and benefits, especially in comparison with what janitors who clean Target's corporate headquarters receive.SEE ALSO: Black Friday strike at St. Paul Walmart: "If I lose my job it d ... More >>
:::: UPDATE :::: National Labor Relations Board finds merit with fired Chicago Lakes Liquor workers' caseNearly two months after they were fired, the Chicago Lake Five still expect to return to work at the busy south Minneapolis liquor store.SEE ALSO: Fired Chicago Lake Liquors workers create websit ... More >>
Earlier this month, five workers at Chicago Lake Liquors were fired days after petitioning management for higher wages.THE BACKSTORY: Chicago Lake Liquors employees petition for raises; five fired two days later They haven't given up their fight to get their jobs back. Last Saturday evening, they he ... More >>
At the end of the workday on Saturday, March 30, 13 employees at Chicago Lakes Liquors presented their general manager with a petition asking that all of the 25 or so employees at the store receive raises.SEE ALSO: In Iowa, women can be lawfully fired for being so sexy, they make their boss contempl ... More >>
At 6 a.m. this morning, the 2,000 security officers of the local Service Employees International Union declared a one-day strike, and began marching outside the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Minneapolis.See Also: - SEIU Local 26 janitors win contract, but security officers end negotiations and prep ... 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 >>
Somalis working at Dianne's Fine Desserts factory in Le Center aren't happy about their company's new burqa ban, and walked off the job Monday to signal their displeasure. Three weeks ago, Dianne's was purchased by Mike Knowles, a Massachusetts-based businessman. A week later, a Somali woman working ... 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 >>
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 >>
Tim Pawlenty's "Truth" campaign is a bit blurry.Tim Pawlenty keeps having to back away from his tough guy talk. This time, he was caught making up nonsense in Tennessee about facing down "the unions" in the "longest transit strike in the history of the United States." That certainly would ha ... More >>
Millionaires vs. Billionaires on the brink..
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants the National Guard for political muscle. The Kent State shootings happened 40 years ago, but one state failed to learn the lesson not to call in the National Guard on unarmed protesters. That state is Wisconsin. There, Gov. Scott Walker has declared that he' ... More >>
The Jimmy John's Union lives.Minneapolis Jimmy John's workers might still become the first officially recognized fast-food union in the country.The National Labor Relations Board has found evidence that the franchise owners may have broken the law in the lead-up to the October vote in which p ... More >>
Sandwich workers vote on the union Oct. 22.Things have been developing quickly since we told you about the unionizing drive by workers at Minneapolis Jimmy John's restaurants.The National Labor Relations Board has set a date for the election: Oct. 22. That gives the union supporters and the o ... More >>
So Unionized You'll Freak
In what may be the largest ever strike of its kind, 12,000 Twin Cities nurses have walked off the job at 14 area hospitals in a 24-hour strike over pay, pensions and staffing ratios. Outside Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis, they greeted the day with a rendition of "Amazing Grace." The hos ... More >>
WCCO reports that the about a dozen kitchen staffers at Ichiban walked off the job on Friday because they were unhappy with working conditions and health insurance costs. Remaining staff called those who had made reservations--about 80 people--and told them the restaurant was closed until new ... More >>
Workers at the Dakota Premium Foods beef processing plant in South St. Paul voted yesterday to retain union representation. Employees backed United Food and Commercial Workers Local 789 by a 152-84 margin.
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The Writers Guild of America
On the eve of a new school year, a historic strike threatens to throw the U of M into chaos
Officials at the Minnesota Department of Finance today announced a deal with Northwest Airlines that could let taxpayers off the hook for the cost of building a Duluth maintenance facility that has been sitting idle since the airline's union mechanics went on strike a year and a half ago.
Judge denies unemployment benefits to Northwest mechanics
Local transit wars past and present
For Chrissakes... Milwaukee's got public transit. (Omaha, too.)
One transit worker buckles up for a long, bumpy ride in her daily strike journal
As the Retailing Behemoth Prepares to Open Its First Store in the Twin Cities Metro, Neighborhoods and Workers Brace Themselves for the Wal-Mart Treatment: Low Wages, Union Busting, and a Big, Friendly Smile
Wounded egos, labor actions, and Powerpoint presentations at the Pioneer Press
Guild members at the Star Tribune worry about their contract and wonder about their editor
Local hospital workers can't afford health care either
PI Press management plays chicken with its workforce
What happens when the employees at the Mounds View Golf Course go on strike
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.
Car chases, cell phones, and a smelly Super Soaker: This is not your father's picket line
Northwest flight attendants gear up for a new strike formula--minimum cost, maximum headache
Star Tribune union members fret as their parent company plays hardball in contract talks out West
With labor unrest brewing among airline employees, Northwest's PR doctors keep spinning in the wind