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.
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.
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.