Workday Minnesota is a project of the Labor Education Service at the University of Minnesota, published with the support of labor organizations. Its focus is news and resources on issues important to working people.
A Campus Labor Institute offered Saturday, Oct. 21, will feature sessions on worker organizing, history and more. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the 3M Auditorium of the Carlson School of Management on the West Bank of the university’s Minneapolis campus.
Nutrition Services workers in the St. Paul School District – the lowest paid employees in the district – have voted to authorize a strike if wages aren’t raised in contract negotiations. Their fight adds new urgency to the campaign for a $15 minimum wage in the City of St. Paul.
Members of AFSCME – the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees – delivered vans full of donations to Duluth’s Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center as part of the union’s annual convention.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide two cases with potentially devastating effects on workers. One would deprive workers of the right to sue employers who steal their wages. The other would undermine the power of workers to bargain collectively through unions.
The Northwest Suburbs Community Labor Coalition and Working Partnerships are hosting a Union Jobs Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 27. A variety of union employers and union training and apprenticeship programs will participate in the employer panels and hiring event.
Navy veteran Tom Edwards sees plenty of rhetoric about “supporting our troops,” but said the commitment falls short when it comes to staffing the services they need at Veterans Administration medical facilities. Edwards and dozens of other people participated in a rally Wednesday at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center to call on the Department of Veterans Affairs to fully staff VA facilities.
The University of Minnesota Labor Education Service has begun work on a documentary to chronicle the groundbreaking organizing activities of CTUL, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha/Center for Workers United in Struggle, a Minneapolis-based worker center. Learn more about this project at a free, public discussion on Oct. 7.
While a recent Court of Appeals ruling served as a setback for the push for a faculty union at the University of Minnesota, unionized adjuncts at metro-area private colleges show a trend of significant progress in recent years.