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 >>
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 >>
:::: 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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