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.
Negotiators for striking clerical workers and the University of Minnesota returned to the bargaining table Sunday afternoon. As of midnight Sunday, no reports were available from the negotiators and the union was advising members to be prepared to be on the picketline Monday.
Student support, including an occupation of the main administration building on the Minneapolis campus, has played a critical role in their walkout, striking University of Minnesota clerical workers say.
While students continued their sit-in at a University of Minnesota administration building for a second straight day, community supporters are gearing up for a mass picket Thursday near the Minneapolis campus.
A Minneapolis lawmaker told striking University of Minnesota clerical workers that the Legislature did not intend the burden of funding cuts to higher education to be placed on the lowest-paid workers.