Despite decades of attacks, workers and unions continue to organize and bargain to improve their workplaces and communities. Workers also are engaging in innovative forms of organizing - and transforming their organizations - to build power in the face of new challenges.
One year after their strike ended, nurses represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association have taken formal steps to redress ongoing staffing issues at Allina Health hospitals in the Twin Cities, which were mutually agreed to in the 2016 contract agreement.
Nutrition Services workers in the St. Paul School District – the lowest paid employees in the district – have voted to authorize a strike if wages aren’t raised in contract negotiations. Their fight adds new urgency to the campaign for a $15 minimum wage in the City of St. Paul.
Minnesota Academics United will not pursue an appeal of the state Court of Appeals ruling to divide non-tenure-track and term/tenure-track faculty at the University of Minnesota into separate bargaining units. Instead, the group is pulling the union election for faculty and “moving forward as one united faculty by forming a workers’ association.”
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.
The effort by University of Minnesota faculty to organize suffered a setback with a recent Court of Appeals ruling dividing the bargaining unit between contingent (non-tenure track) and tenure-line faculty. But the members of Minnesota Academics United will not be divided by the courts or the university administration.