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.
Striking nurses will vote Monday on a three-year contract proposal from Allina that makes some gains on staffing and safety – two of their top issues – but wasn’t good enough to win a recommendation from the union’s bargaining team.
Frustrated by management’s cuts-only approach to contract talks, Steelworkers employed at 3M’s chemicals plant in Cottage Grove voted overwhelmingly Sept. 1 to authorize their bargaining team to call a strike if necessary.
Minnesota’s home care workers are set to begin negotiating a new union contract Friday. At a Capitol press conference Wednesday, workers and their clients framed the talks as an opportunity for the state to begin addressing the workforce crisis in their industry.
Federal mediators have called representatives of striking nurses and Allina Health back to the bargaining table, with a session set for Tuesday, Sept. 27. Meanwhile delegates to the AFSCME convention joined striking nurses on the picketline.
The effort to form a faculty union at the University of Minnesota moved forward with a ruling by the state Bureau of Mediation Services affirming that 1,500 tenure-track and 1,000 contingent faculty should be in one bargaining unit.