St. Paul teachers' union set to vote on possible strike this week
The teachers are asking for smaller class sizes, better pay, and expanded student programs.
Union employees at Twin Cities airports vote to strike
Airport workers represented by Teamsters Local 320 voted to strike by 95% Sunday.
Education Minnesota latest organization to exit State Fair
Many vendors and exhibitors will not be in attendance this year.
Union representing Worthington pork plant workers calls for renewed hazard pay
United Food and Commercial Workers Local Local 663 penned a public letter to JBS Thursday.
Surly Brewing tentatively schedules reopening for June 1
The brewery announced in September — days after employees said they intended to unionize — that it would close "indefinitely" in November.
Attempt to unionize at Surly Brewing fails by a single vote
Unite Here Local 17 announced on Twitter that the action failed by one vote.
Workers at Stilheart, Lawless distilleries will unionize
Workers at the two businesses are the latest Twin Cities hospitality workers to unionize.
Why are beer delivery workers striking in Minnesota?
Their employer wants one worker to deliver kegs.
Minnesota union membership on decline
As Minnesotans observe the Labor Day holiday, statistics reveal the number of union members in the state continues to erode. At its peak in 1992, the rate of union membership in Minnesota was at 22 percent. In 2011 it was at 15.1 percent, down from 15.6 percent in 2010.
Dayton won't keep pushing for child care union vote
The Ramsey County judge who blocked a unionization vote by child care workers ruled that Governor Dayton had exceeded his authority by ordering the vote without involving the Legislature. Dayton says he disagrees with the ruling but has decided against an appeal.
Union sugar worker accused of lying to get replacement in trouble
A locked-out American Crystal Sugar worker is accused of giving false statements to law enforcement officers. Sheriffs officials say the union employee told them a replacement worker nearly hit him with a vehicle driving at high speed through a crowd of picketers. Police say the replacement actually drove slowly and the worker jumped on the hood.
American Crystal says cost of lockout will pass as workers are replaced
The sugar giant will offer beet growers in the Red River Valley a lower price this year, partly because of the financial toll of its lockout of 1,300 union workers. But the company says it has already replaced more than half of those workers. Crystal promised growers higher prices next year, when the company expects all of the locked out workers will have been replaced.
Worries about political backlash have Republicans backing away from right-to-work
Union-weakening legislation in several Midwestern states has lost momentum since swarms of protesters mobbed Indiana's capitol after a right-to-work measure passed there. While some Minnesota Republicans still want to pursue a Constitutional amendment, others are leery of the prospect of busloads of protesters at the Capitol and an energized union vote at the polls.
Grad students at the University of Minnesota wrap up unionization vote
MPR reports votes will be counted Monday and should only take a few hours. If the majority of the more than 4000 student workers voted in favor of it, all grad students would be obligated to pay the $200-$350 dues each year. This is the fifth time graduate students at the University of Minnesota have tried to unionize.
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.
DFLers' bill would ban Minnesota from buying Crystal sugar until lockout ends
Ten Democrats in the Legislature have introduced a bill that would prohibit government departments and agencies from buying sugar from American Crystal until the company resolves its dispute with union workers. More than 1,300 workers have been locked out since Aug. 1.