Skip to main content

Unions plan to pack Capitol to protest 'right to work' proposal

Union members are coming by the busload to protest a constitutional amendment that would end a requirement that some workers belong to unions. Labor leaders say it would only mean fewer jobs and lower pay.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Union members are coming by the busload to protest a constitutional amendment that would end a requirement that some workers belong to unions. Labor leaders say it would only mean fewer jobs and lower pay.

Next Up

walz flanagan lorie shaull flickr

Gov. proposes 'Walz Checks' for most Minnesotans

The governor wants to use $700 million of the state's surplus to fund the payments.

Hutch crash booking photo

Walz, Flanagan call on Hennepin Co. sheriff to resign

"I would say that it is time for him to resign," the Lt. Gov. said.

line 3 enbridge portage lake hubbard county mn tony webster flickr

Months after missing deadline, Enbridge says Line 3 aquifer breach is fixed

The company told Bring Me The News it "successfully stopped the flow of groundwater" at the site.

canada bodies found

Baby, teenager among 4 found dead along MN, Canada border

Authorities believe all four froze to death.

unsplash roller rink skates CROP

Former roller rink, tennis courts will become new sports hub

The Wooddale Fun Zone has been closed since spring of 2020.

hibachi daruma

Popular hibachi food truck opens second Twin Cities restaurant

The much-anticipated Daruma opens for takeout Thursday evening.

20211128_Vikings_49ers_REG12_0144 (1)

What changes are coming to the Vikings' offensive line?

Once again, Minnesota has work to do to figure out its interior spots

Kris Ehresmann

One of Minnesota's key COVID-19 leaders is retiring

Kris Ehresmann has given more than 30 years of her life to public health in Minnesota.

summit beach park orono

Plan to develop Orono park on hold after Daytons object

The Dayton family donated the land to the city for the park in the 1970s.

covid nurse doctor hospital wikimedia commons

Child from Twin Cities, school staff member die from COVID

Both deaths were reported by the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday.

snow

3 clippers will deliver snow to Minnesota through Tuesday

Clippers move through Friday night, Saturday night and again Monday.

Screen Shot 2022-01-20 at 10.45.51 AM

Video: Inebriated Sheriff Dave Hutchinson after high-speed crash

Hutchinson was unaware of his location and repeatedly said he wasn't driving.

Related

Union workers pack Capitol as 'right to work' proposal goes to Senate committee

Union members by the hundreds filed into the state Capitol on Monday morning as a group of Senate lawmakers discussed a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder for unions to organize. Critics of the bill say it would lower wages and cut benefits for middle-class families. Supporters say it would help businesses create new jobs.

Pro-union TV ads blast 'right to work' legislation

Leaders in the AFL-CIO, which produced the ad that starts airing Tuesday, says the bill is "a power grab" meant to weaken collective bargaining. Union members worry it would ultimately lead to less compensation for middle-class families, but Republican legislators behind the bill say it would attract new business and create jobs.

Senjem: 'Right to work' may not have enough votes to pass

A controversial measure that proponents say would create jobs but critics say would hurt middle-class families is now on life support, according to the Senate Majority Leader.

Republican lawmakers propose right-to-work amendment

The constitutional amendment would not allow contracts to require employees to join unions or pay dues. Sen. Dave Thompson of Lakeville continues to stress the measure will not impact collective bargaining in Minnesota.

Ironworkers protest at Lakeville Wal-Mart construction site

Picketers are protesting what they call "underpaid" and "underskilled" laborers. The union says a project sub-contractor is trying to cut costs by exploiting workers. AME Construction says those accusations are false and that the company pays workers fairly.

Optimistic Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak not deterred by latest Vikings stadium setback

A controversial measure that proponents say would create jobs but critics say would hurt middle-class families is now on life support, according to the Senate Majority Leader.

Some day care providers worry union would take away their voice

One child care provider who has joined a lawsuit to block a vote to unionize tells Forum Communications' reporter Don Davis that she worries a union would take over all negotiations with state officials, leaving her with no voice of her own. But union supporters say the move to stop the vote is just a ploy by "cheap-labor conservatives" and that unionization would provide better pay and benefits for workers in the industry.

U grad students prepare to vote on union, backed by United Auto Workers

Graduate students at the University of Minnesota are taking another shot at unionization. This time proponents of the idea have joined up with the United Auto Workers. A vote to organize would mean students would be obligated to pay dues (even non-members), and the school would be obligated to bargain in good faith.