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.
President Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre faced no opposition and were re-elected to another four-year term of office at the national AFL-CIO convention in St. Louis.
In an act of powerful solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, delegates attending the AFL-CIO’s 2017 national convention walked out of the America’s Center Saturday to join local BLM activists who had been refused entry by convention center management. The unions had invited BLM activists to speak.
Twin Cities workers, together with national labor experts, called on public officials Wednesday to beef up enforcement of Minneapolis-St. Paul ordinances requiring employers to pay earned sick and safe time and the new Minneapolis minimum wage of $15 an hour.
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.”