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.
Thursday night the Cambridge-Isanti Independent School District (ISD) 911 School Board voted to eliminate over 230 staff hours, per day, for special education paraprofessionals at seven schools. The result would be the loss of 50-60 special education paraprofessionals--over 25% of the workforce.
This March, a confluence of union action and national events has brought a welcome focus to the challenges our public schools face. As a teacher, I can attest to the seriousness of problems like inadequate funding, union-busting and gun violence, but I am heartened by the activism that is starting to spring up around the country.
Last Friday the campaign staff for Democratic-Farmer-Labor gubernatorial candidate Erin Murphy became the first Minnesota electoral campaign and the first gubernatorial race in the country to ratify a collective bargaining agreement.
Home care workers organized by SEIU Healthcare Minnesota like Cathy Gillman and Dawn Burnfin spent the day at the Capitol sharing their stories with legislators, as care workers, consumers and family members face what is being called a “care crisis.”
The potential deportation of Augsburg tenured professor Dr. Mzenga Wanyama was spared another month. However, the possibility of eventual deportation is already having a devastating and disproportionate impact on students of color.
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.