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.
PCA workers like Patsy Gibson have made substantial gains in the last several years. While she enjoys her first Dr. Martin Luther King Jr 1.5x holiday pay, hard-won benefits remain under attack by national anti-union groups.
Growing up in a working-class Mexican community in eastern Los Angeles Filiberto was observant of the grind his parents and community members went through to fulfill their daily needs and fight to live with dignity. These insights led to an extensive breadth of union experience having worked with UNITE HERE Local 11, UAW 2865 and SEIU 284.
The East Side Freedom Library will host a discussion and panel, What’s Happening to Labor at the University of Minnesota?, on Wednesday, January 10 at 7:00 PM. Panelists will include representatives from University of Minnesota AFSCME, faculty, Teamsters Local 320, Grads United, and Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL). The event is free and open to the public.
A group of 250 Physical Plant Operators (PPOs), Senior Custodians, and Custodians in the Minneapolis Public Schools filed for a union election to join SEIU Local 284 the week before Christmas. A majority signed cards expressing their desire to have the election. The workers clean and maintain all 67 of the Minneapolis public schools, ensuring safe buildings and facilities for the tens of thousands of students in the district.
Albert Lea hospital workers who were locked out by Mayo over Christmas are back to the bargaining table with Mayo executives today. The previously scheduled bargaining session follows a one-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike by SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members and a subsequent lockout of the workers by Mayo over Christmas.
Mayo Albert Lea hospital workers were blocked from going back to work by Mayo management and security this morning.
Mayo’s retaliation follows a one-day Unfair Labor Practice strike by members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, called because workers say management has failed to negotiate in good faith for over a year and has insisted on provisions that would eliminate jobs and strip them of their bargaining rights.
University of Minnesota employees represented by Teamsters Local 320 protested at the Washington, D.C. residence of Geir Haarde, Iceland’s ambassador to the U.S., Thursday night, December 14. Ambassador Haarde, a University of Minnesota alumnus, was hosting a holiday reception for D.C. area alumni.
On December 7th, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota filed a 10-day notice of intent to hold an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike at Mayo Albert Lea Hospital. The 1-day strike is set for Tuesday, December 19th.
The notice came as skilled maintenance workers who have been without a contract for over two years voted to join with certified nursing assistants (CNAs), housekeepers, sterile processing and other service workers who had authorized a 1-day strike in late November.
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.