unions

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.

Senate Judiciary Committee approves "right to work" bill 7-6

Over the chants of hundreds of union members opposing the bill, the committee passed a measure that would put the right to work issue on Minnesota's ballot in November. 23 states have enacted similar laws that make union membership voluntary, rather than compulsory.

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.

Locked-out Crystal Sugar workers plan 6-state tour

Workers from the Red River Valley are teaming up with locked-out Ohio workers from Cooper Tire on what they're calling a "Journey for Justice" tour. The unions say they're trying to draw attention to "the most recent wave of greed-motivated corporate attacks on workers and their unions."

State Senator wants to make union membership voluntary

Republican Senator Dave Thompson of Lakeville is pushing a proposal that would allow Minnesota workers to opt out of unions. If lawmakers pass his "right to work" legislation, the question would appear before voters in the fall as a proposed amendment to the state Constitution.