U.S. National Labor Relations Board

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Fast-food workers storm an Uptown McDonald's to demand $15 minimum wage

    Steven Strong hops out of a black van behind the Hennepin County Library in Uptown alongside several of his fellow fast-food workers. He flexes a sign calling for "respect" and looks out at the crowd that's forming on the grass. "We just want reasonable pay," he says, then weighs the task ahead o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    National Labor Relations Board finds merit with fired Chicago Lakes Liquor workers' case

    Today, the National Labor Relations Board announced it has found merit in the wrongful termination case put forth by the Chicago Lake Liquors Five, meaning the NLRB will now represent the fired workers as they try to receive back pay and/or get their jobs back.THE BACKSTORY: Fired Chicago Lake Liquo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Fired Chicago Lake Liquors workers still expect to get jobs back with back pay

    :::: 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 >>

  • 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 8, 2013

    Chicago Lake Liquors employees petition for raises; five fired two days later

    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 >>

  • 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 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

    April 16, 2012

    Wedge Co-op warehouse employees unionize

    Employees of the Wedge's Co-op Partners Warehouse have formed a union to voice their dissatisfaction with wages and management decisions. In addition to the Wedge storefront on Lyndale Avenue, the Wedge runs a warehouse in St. Paul that's a supplier to many co-ops, grocery stores, and restaurants. T ... 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 10, 2011

    Jimmy John's food-poisoning poster fight moves to Washington

    Jimmy John's Workers UnionShould workers be fired for distributing this poster?​This fight's going all the way to the top. The latest battle in Jimmy John's workers fight for better pay and working conditions is getting adjudicated in Washington, D.C. Remember the poster union supporters bomb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Jimmy John's fires six main union organizers [UPDATE]

    Jimmy John's Workers UnionThe Poster that provoked the firings.​The ongoing saga of the drive to unionize Minneapolis Jimmy Johns workers took a dramatic turn yesterday when six of the central organizers behind the campaign were abruptly fired by the franchise's management. The firings came s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Protesters assaulted by Cub Foods security guard [VIDEO]

    YouTubeTalk too loud in Cub Foods, you're asking for a headlock.​A group peacefully protesting what they call union-busting activities by Cub Foods' cleaning service got way more than they bargained for Tuesday night, including face-fulls of pepper spray. A security guard at the Cub Foods on Lake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Jimmy John's Workers Union wins a new lease on life

    Arise, ye sandwich workers!​Workers at local Jimmy John's sandwich shops will get another crack at becoming the first fast-food-employees' union in the country.The union drive at 10 Minneapolis shops appeared dead in the water after supporters lost an October election to ratify the union by two vo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Jimmy John's workers negotiating settlement on union

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Jimmy John's union wants holiday pay

    Jimmy John's workers want holiday pay for working Christmas eve.​The workers at Minneapolis Jimmy John's franchises may have lost their drive for a federally recognized union, but that doesn't mean they're done making demands.Today members of the union announced a new campaign, demanding time- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Jimmy John's historic union election today [UPDATE]

    Richard BergElection day comes early for sandwich workers.​The drive by some Minneapolis Jimmy John's workers to form the first fast-food-workers union in the country was defeated today by a margin of 87 votes to 85.Several dozen union supporters, as well as franchise owners Mike and Rob Mulligan, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Historic Jimmy John's union vote tomorrow

    The fast-food revolution starts here?​By tomorrow evening, we'll know whether the workers at 10 Minneapolis Jimmy John's sandwich shops have made history as the first American fast-food workers to unionize their workplace.After years of intermittent underground organizing capped by a high-prof ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Jimmy John's union vote enters final countdown

    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 >>

  • News

    September 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Former charter school director accused of embezzling $1.38 million

    Tuesday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2008
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    September 25, 2008

    Starbucks drama continues: union files labor charges

    starbucks-thumb.bmpThe Industrial Workers of the World filed labor charges Wednesday against the Mall of America and Metro Transit after an incident Aug. 31.

  • 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 22, 2008
  • 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?

  • News

    December 12, 2007

    Archbishop Homophobe

    Local Catholics protest John Nienstedt article declaring gayness a "grave evil"

  • News

    June 7, 2006

    Code Green

    Hospitals fight union on health care costs

  • News

    April 12, 2006

    McClatchy Madness

    The Strib puts the squeeze on production workers

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2005

    Crazy Like a Fox

    Why Northwest Wanted a Strike, and its Mechanics Had No Choice Here we are in day five of AMFA's strike against Northwest Airlines and, as anticipated, there have been some blown tires and cancellations and safety-related intakes of breath, but the planes are mostly flying, and the mechanics are lo ... More >>

  • News

    August 13, 2003

    Dispatches from the Next Newspaper War

    Wounded egos, labor actions, and Powerpoint presentations at the Pioneer Press

  • News

    February 26, 2003

    Rx: Don't Get Sick

    Local hospital workers can't afford health care either

  • Books

    September 18, 2002

    Borders Skirmishes

    Booksellers make lousy money--and book chains want to keep it that way

  • 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.

  • News

    April 25, 2001
  • 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

    March 17, 1999

    Chain Reaction

    Star Tribune union members fret as their parent company plays hardball in contract talks out West

  • Books

    August 12, 1998

    When Poetry Hurts

    The Loring labor fight takes an obscene turn

  • News

    March 25, 1998

    Screwed, and Depressed About It

    If the University of Minnesota is going to treat graduate school as a job, then teaching assistants say they deserve to be treated as well as employees.

  • News

    December 10, 1997
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    September 3, 1997

    Party Poopers

    It's Candidates vs. delegates: Who's milking who in the DFL endorsement process?

  • News

    July 9, 1997

    Parent Trap

    Teaching at the agency is the first or best job many participants have ever held, and it's one of the reasons why Head Start works so well. But at PICA, staffers allege, parents' inexperience is used against them.

  • Feature

    June 18, 1997

    Dodging Bullets

    Democrats and Republicans are happily engaged in a folie à deux to forestall any real congressional probe into campaign finances

  • News

    June 18, 1997

    Coming Home to Roost, Again

    Relations between black cops and the Olson administration are likely to take another hit with the release of a citizens' committee report criticizing the MPD

  • News

    January 8, 1997

    The Gubernatorial Gang

    Minnesota pols never stand so tall as when they loom over black youths.

  • News

    May 22, 1996
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