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.
Local elected officials from Twin Cities suburbs are urging Governor Mark Dayton to veto legislation that would strip local government’s authority to raise labor standards for working people in their communities.
Legislation introduced by Senator Al Franken, DFL-Minn., would update the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act and improve conditions for workers. The bill, titled the “Protecting America’s Workers Act,” comes on the heels of the annual April 28th commemoration of Workers Memorial Day.
In celebration of labor history month each May, the Untold Stories series presents programs and talks on both local and national topics. This year’s theme is “A World in Turmoil: 1917-2017.” Events start April 26 and are free and open to the public.
Six workers and a union contractor told legislators how stealing employees' pay hurt them, their families and the state. They testified in favor of the Wage Theft Prevention Act at a Minnesota Senate committee hearing.