Despite decades of attacks, workers and unions continue to organize and bargain to improve their workplaces and communities. Workers also are engaging in innovative forms of organizing - and transforming their organizations - to build power in the face of new challenges.
By Mark Gruenberg, Press Associates Union News Service
The numbers of unionists and their share of the U.S. workforce both declined in 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculated. In Minnesota, union membership held steady at 14.2 percent of the workforce.
Workers and their allies demonstrated in St. Paul and in cities across the country Thursday to protest the nomination of fast food CEO Andrew Puzder for secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. They also filed charges against his company, CKE restaurants, alleging wage theft, sexual harassment and retaliation for speaking out.
Central Minnesota poultry plant workers stepped up their efforts to get management to address what they say are unsafe working conditions, demonstrating Wednesday outside the headquarters of GNP Co., the maker of Gold'n Plump and Just Bare chicken products.
Honeywell International may lock out approximately 1,000 Teamster-represented workers at four separate manufacturing facilities in and around Minneapolis, the union warned Monday. The collective bargaining agreement expires at midnight Jan. 31.
The advent of Donald Trump’s administration won’t slow down efforts to organize or to keep corporations accountable, progressive groups vowed Friday. Striking Home Depot workers and their allies pledged a “new resistance” that would ramp up efforts to raise wages and improve their lives.
Home care workers and clients who have been bargaining their second union contract with the State of Minnesota announced a tentative agreement Thursday morning. The contract would increase wages for thousands of home care workers from $11 to $13 per hour, boost paid time off and provide more training opportunities.