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.
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.
Members of AFSCME Local 3800 and Teamsters Local 320 presented petitions to the office of University of Minnesota President Kaler on Tuesday, urging the administration to bargain fairly with the unions.
St. Paul public schools nutrition services workers will vote Thursday on a new tentative contract that raises the wages of the lowest-paid employees, Teamsters Local 320 announced. The union, which had authorized a strike if needed, reached the deal after more than 16 hours of mediation.
Nearly 1,000 Mankato-area high school students are participating Tuesday and Wednesday in Construct Tomorrow, an apprentice program of the Mankato Building Trades to provide a hands-on introduction to careers in the skilled building trades.
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.