A day after Jeff Johnson won the MNGOP gubernatorial primary, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) came out swinging.You see, during a speech to the Southwest Metro Tea Party earlier this year, Johnson vowed to "go all Scott Walker on Minnesota" if he's elected. ... More >>
Tuesday's announcement that Minnesota's home health care providers will hold an election to unionize led to a fierce eruption of responses from both Minnesota's union backers and critics. In its statement following the election, the SEIU (the union the workers would join), was obviously positive, ... More >>
Jennifer Beckham has worked as an adjunct English professor at Hamline University in St. Paul for nine years. During that time, she hasn't received a raise or even a cost of living adjustment to her pay, and she has little hope of ever being promoted.So you can understand why Beckman joined with 44 ... 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 >>
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 >>
The Wedge Co-op reached an agreement yesterday on a three-year contract with its warehouse workers, who unionized this spring in a labor dispute. Warehouse employees at the Wedge organized through UFCW 1189 due to concerns about stagnant wages and a top-down management style. Union leader Bernie He ... 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 >>
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 >>
The so-called "right to work" bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee earlier today, but it's unclear whether the measure has enough support to be approved by both the House and Senate.Today's committee vote was 7-6, with Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, joining ... More >>
Jimmy John's is on trial for firing organizers over this posterJimmy John's went on trial this week for firing six union organizers last March.Franchise owner Miklin Enterprises fired David Boehnke, Micah Buckley-Farlee, Erik Forman, Davis Ritsema, Max Specter, and Mike Wilkow after the workers d ... More >>
Kowalski's will be pesented with a lump of coal from UFCW 1189 at a demonstration this afternoonA local labor union plans to give Kowalski's Markets a lump of coal this afternoon over a contract dispute. The union, UFCW 1189, has been negotiating its contract with Kowalski's since last Janua ... More >>
SuperTarget, super profits, not-super employee relations.Good news for Target shareholders: Profits are up, and so's the stock price! Bad news for Target employees: The woman who tried to organize a union for Target workers in New York has been fired. Tashawna Green, the 21-year-old single mother ... More >>
Target employees voted not to unionize.At least now the Target employees in Valley Stream, N.Y., know how to get raises, free coffee and donuts, and a renovated lunch room: Just offer to snitch on the union trying to organize fellow employees. That's the gist of a petition just filed with th ... More >>
Gov. Scott Walker's allies get caught in a dirty trick.A number of Wisconsin Republicans are still trying to figure out how to survive the PR debacle birthed by their public employee union busting legislation earlier this year. One of the upshots is a series of recall drives being launched agains ... More >>
Walker's even lost the zombie vote.He's a hero to tea partiers, but Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker keeps getting bad news from statewide polls. The latest survey finds that just 31 percent of folks in Wisconsin have apparently bought into his line that he wants to strip public employees of thei ... 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 >>
Photo: Mark Riechers/FlickrDemocrats abandon ship in Madison.Republican Gov. Scott Walker wants to strip public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights, and he's threatened to call out the Wisconsin National Guard on public employee union members if they go on strike. And now, ... More >>
So Unionized You'll Freak
Whether Star Tribune readers will notice or care is anyone's guess at the moment.
The effort to organize local latte-slingers could hurt the ailing chain
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.
Slaughterhouse Rules: Is South St. Paul's Dakota Premium Foods plant "in open-warfare mode" against labor?
Contract talks for roughly 5,000 grocery workers in the east metro area will begin tomorrow morning. The bargaining unit includes employees at stores such as Rainbow, Cub, Lunds and Byerlys.
Remembering "Bloody Sunday" for all the right reasons
How a once-mighty union sold out thousands of workers on the eve of retirement
Local transit wars past and present
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
Workers say they can't get a fair shake from one of Minneapolis's most posh hotels
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.
Conspiracies and labor angst at a Minneapolis hipster mecca
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
Car chases, cell phones, and a smelly Super Soaker: This is not your father's picket line
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.
Rotten eggs, firebombs, and the "wicked extortions of the coal kings": Local campaigns weren't always this dull.
"[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