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.
Members of AFSCME – the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees – delivered vans full of donations to Duluth’s Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center as part of the union’s annual convention.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide two cases with potentially devastating effects on workers. One would deprive workers of the right to sue employers who steal their wages. The other would undermine the power of workers to bargain collectively through unions.
The Northwest Suburbs Community Labor Coalition and Working Partnerships are hosting a Union Jobs Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 27. A variety of union employers and union training and apprenticeship programs will participate in the employer panels and hiring event.
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.
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.