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.
From dispatchers and utility line workers to health care professionals and FEMA employees, union members are stepping in to help during and after the devastating hurricanes in the southern United States. Numerous labor organizations also are conducting fundraising to aid affected communities.
This Labor Day is the first day many of the roughly 27,000 home health care workers in Minnesota will receive holiday pay as a direct result of their union’s second contract with the state, which took effect July 1.
Starting Thursday, Aug. 24, and running through Labor Day, Sept. 4, workers and unions will be showcased in the Minnesota AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion at the State Fair. Several unions will have kiosks with information and demonstrations about their work. The pavilion also features live music, giveaways and more.
The thousands of people who attend the Minnesota State Fair will have the opportunity to learn about the pervasive problem of wage theft on Tuesday, Aug. 29. On that day, members of the End Wage Theft Coalition will staff a kiosk at the Minnesota AFL-CIO’s Labor Pavilion.
A simple question, “Who were the workers who built the Minnesota State Capitol?” was the catalyst for efforts leading to the dedication of a commemorative plaque during Sunday’s grand opening of the newly restored building.
In 1898, laying of the cornerstone of the Minnesota State Capitol began with pomp and circumstance – but little attention to the hundreds of workers who would make it happen. This Sunday, 112 years after the building’s 1905 completion, scores of descendants will gather to commemorate the contributions of the Capitol builders.
Members of Minnesota Building Trades unions are celebrating their leadership role in creating good-paying construction jobs, while conscious of the political realities that could threaten that success.
A cross-section of Minnesotans, including families dealing with serious medical issues, nurses and people of faith, gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday to share their concerns about ongoing threats to health care.