“You get pretty used to hearing, ‘This is the best we can do for you,’ and sitting back and going, ‘well, OK,’” said Riemenschneider, an office nurse and union steward. “This time we didn’t. Sometimes you need to do that. You need to stand up for yourself.”
“We’re just hoping to get equality,” said Tom Allen, who has been a mechanic for two years and was working the picket at the St. Louis County garage on Jean Duluth Road. “We’re looking to be long-term employees and we do a good job. We’re out here working for equal pay and equal rights.”
In a major victory for nursing home workers, members of SEIU Healthcare reached an agreement with Elk River-based Guardian Angels. The agreement was reached Friday and ratified in overwhelming numbers Monday afternoon.
Adjunct professors at the University of St. Thomas, the third group of St. Paul college educators to file a petition to unionize with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), are scheduled to have their ballots sent out on July 3.
Arturo Sanchez is accustomed to working outside in all kinds of weather, making concrete products at Cretex Companies. He didn’t mind the hard work, he said, because he was earning a decent living and putting money into a pension plan for the day he would retire.
Coming on the heels of a one-day strike over unfair labor practices, Worker’s United Local 150 reached a tentative agreement with management from Health Systems Cooperative Laundries in the early morning hours Tuesday.
More than 240 members of Worker’s United Local 150 walked off the job from Health Systems Cooperative Laundries Monday in a strike over unfair labor practices, which include the company’s unilateral discontinuation of sick-day benefits.
Workers who clean linens for hospitals across the metro picketed outside Health Systems Cooperative Laundries on St. Paul’s East Side, giving their employer a taste of what to expect if management continues to drag its feet in negotiations.