Labor Unions

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    AFSCME raises eyebrows with anti-Johnson tweet comparing Walker's Wisconsin to hell

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    MN labor expert: Effect of home health care unions unclear

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Hamline adjunct professors become first to unionize

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Fired Chicago Lake Liquors workers create website soliciting donations

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Don Samuels: Unions gave me "an envelope with a couple grand" for Vikings stadium vote

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Wedge Co-op reaches agreement with warehouse workers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Wedge Co-op holds first bargaining session with warehouse workers' union

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Wedge Co-op dumps 'anti-union' law firm: 'We made a mistake'

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Wedge Co-op hires 'anti-union' law firm for labor negotiations

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Jimmy John's illegally fired union organizers, judge rules

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    U of M campaign to unionize graduate workers voted down

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    University of Minnesota graduate student workers voting on unionization proposal

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    "Right to work" amendment advances in Senate

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    Jimmy John's on trial for firing union organizers

    Jimmy John's is on trial for firing organizers over this poster​Jimmy 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Kowalski's to get lump of coal from labor union

    Kowalski's will be pesented with a lump of coal from UFCW 1189 at a demonstration this afternoon​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Target announces profits are up, fires union organizer

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Target bribed and intimidated to squash union, appeal claims

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Wisconsin Republicans' fake Democrats exposed

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2011

    Most Wisconsin voters don't believe Gov. Scott Walker's union talk

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Minnesota Republicans want to be like Wisconsin

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Wisconsin police hunt down Democratic senators over union-busting bill [UPDATES]

    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 >>

  • News

    September 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Star Tribune byline strike begins in print and online

    Whether Star Tribune readers will notice or care is anyone's guess at the moment.

  • News

    July 30, 2008

    Starbucks baristas union drive comes at key time

    The effort to organize local latte-slingers could hurt the ailing chain

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2008

    Fake employee rights group attacks Al Franken in smear ad UPDATED

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    Is Al Franken Confused? No, but this ad in today's Star Tribune and Pioneer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2008

    Confidential Star Tribune memo: "We continue to move forward with the Guild, but talks have unfortunately stopped with the other major unions."

    Negotiations have broken down with the Teamsters unions that represent mailers, pressmen, and drivers, ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2008

    Slaughterhouse workers back union

    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.

  • News

    January 16, 2008

    Organizers: beef-processing plant is using recent immigration raids to bust union

    Slaughterhouse Rules: Is South St. Paul's Dakota Premium Foods plant "in open-warfare mode" against labor?

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2008

    Labor negotiations open for grocery workers

    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.

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2007
  • Blogs

    October 4, 2006

    That's not amore

    The last time Red's Savoy Pizza and Restaurant made headlines it was because Sen. Norm Coleman's 81-year-old father was discovered having sex w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2006
  • News

    July 28, 2004

    Sacred Unions

    Remembering "Bloody Sunday" for all the right reasons

  • News

    July 21, 2004

    The Check's in the Mail

    How a once-mighty union sold out thousands of workers on the eve of retirement

  • News

    April 7, 2004

    Busting the Buses

    Local transit wars past and present

  • News

    March 17, 2004

    Wal-Mart Wants Your Job

    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

  • Books

    February 6, 2002

    Four-Star Feud

    Workers say they can't get a fair shake from one of Minneapolis's most posh hotels

  • News

    October 24, 2001

    Organized Slaughter

    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.

  • Books

    October 3, 2001

    Bohemian Blues

    Conspiracies and labor angst at a Minneapolis hipster mecca

  • Books

    April 18, 2001

    Language Barrier

    Hennepin County Medical Center's interpreters decided to join a union. They were surprised to learn they were already spoken for.

  • Books

    March 28, 2001

    Labor Drive

    Twin Cities school-bus workers vote to unionize--again

  • Books

    April 5, 2000

    Truck, Stop

    Car chases, cell phones, and a smelly Super Soaker: This is not your father's picket line

  • Books

    May 27, 1998

    Winging It

    With labor unrest brewing among airline employees, Northwest's PR doctors keep spinning in the wind

  • Feature

    October 29, 1997

    Union Made

    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.

  • News

    October 22, 1997

    When Elections Mattered

    Rotten eggs, firebombs, and the "wicked extortions of the coal kings": Local campaigns weren't always this dull.

  • News

    October 8, 1997

    Target: Target

    "[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."

  • Feature

    August 27, 1997


    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.

  • News

    June 11, 1997

    Union Labels

    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

  • News

    April 30, 1997
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