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.
On December 7th, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota filed a 10-day notice of intent to hold an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike at Mayo Albert Lea Hospital. The 1-day strike is set for Tuesday, December 19th.
The notice came as skilled maintenance workers who have been without a contract for over two years voted to join with certified nursing assistants (CNAs), housekeepers, sterile processing and other service workers who had authorized a 1-day strike in late November.
Teachers and parents marched to the corporate offices of US Bank, Wells Fargo, Securian and Ecolab in downtown Saint Paul calling for corporations to pay their fair share of taxes to fund public schools.
Stephen Mark Klonowski passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017 at the age of 66.
Klonowski, a member of Pile Drivers Local #1847, was passionate about labor relations and spent many years working with the Lakes and Plains Regional Council of Carpenters to support and advance the rights of construction trades workers in Minnesota. Over his long career, he was also a member of Teamsters Local #4, IBEW Local #110, and IBEW #292.
Today marks my last day as editor of Workday Minnesota. It has been an honor to have done this work since this website was launched in August 2000. And it has been a privilege to provide a platform for workers to tell their stories.
From the beginning, our goal was to provide a place for workers' voices to be heard. And that need still exists. Despite the avalanche of information available through the Internet, workers' stories are still scarce.
With the U.S. Senate poised to enact sweeping tax cuts for the wealthy, University of Minnesota teaching assistants, research assistants and other graduate workers marched to protest the plan. They say the legislation would "cause a crisis in graduate education."
Responding to a report in The Minnesota Daily revealing numerous safety problems at an apartment complex near the University of Minnesota campus, the Minneapolis Building & Construction Trades Council is calling for stronger vetting of developers and contractors.
Minnesota’s labor movement, long-committed to supporting union publications, websites, social media and other communications, was rewarded with numerous awards at the annual convention of the International Labor Communications Association.
Vote Tuesday in local elections across Minnesota for mayor, city council, school board, school levies and other races. Most polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find out what offices and issues will be on the ballot in your area, go to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.