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.
Dr. Jimmy Patiño's new book Raza Sí, Migra No challenges the nativist myth that "immigrants take jobs." A portion of our extended conversation explores his groundbreaking work charting the history of the deportation regime. His work helps to clarify how the Supreme Court's Tuesday ruling places more immigrant detainees into the exploitative labor schemes of for-profit detention centers.
The Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME highlights the battle against working people by the wealthy. It has also become an opportunity for unions to forcefully express their unique role defending the interests of working people.
Protests against gun violence are sweeping across the country. Legislators and President Trump are slow to respond. In Florida, while teachers are now expected to protect students, the unions that protect them are being targeted.
ST. PAUL – By all accounts, the U.S. economy is recovering from the “Great Recession” of nine years ago and Minnesota is leading the way in job growth. But not all people are benefitting – and that is where the state’s Dislocated Worker Program steps in.
“We are constantly being notified of layoffs” despite the economic recovery, said Liz McLoone, the program’s liaison with organized labor.
"Campesino is this song that tells a familiar story about immigrating and working these jobs that are crucial for the economy yet are underpaid. So Quitapenas turns it into a song that is painful but you can dance to, and that is a necessary component of our cultural expression"
Workers are organizing through unions and other organizations to improve their lives. Union representation provides a voice on the job and the opportunity to improve wages, benefits and working conditions.