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Minnesota lawsuit accused Raimondo nominee of threatening union workers 2019-05-22 [Providence Jrnl]

Three Amazon workers allege discrimination at Shakopee warehouse 2019-05-16 [StarTribune]

MyPillow to lay off 150 workers in Shakopee as it launches new venture 2019-05-10 [MN Bring Me The News ]

Public unions in Minnesota in crosshairs of new legal campaign 2019-04-24 [StarTribune]

Injured workers have another legal tool thanks to the MN Supreme Court 2019-03-17 [StarTribune]

Group of East African AmazonWorkers walk off job at Amazon in Shakopee 2019-03-10 [Shakopee Valley News]

Abdirahman Muse: The Organizer 2019-02-06 [Minneapolis City Pages]

Local TSA union rep details the shutdown's effects on federal workers in MN 2019-01-11 [MPR]

In some local unions, #MeToo has galvanized members 2018-12-16 [Workday MN]

Amazon workers stage protest outside fulfillment center in Shakopee 2018-12-16 [WCCO]

Workers protest outside Minnesota Amazon warehouse 2018-12-16 [TechCrunch]

Hundreds March on Amazon Fulfillment Center 2018-12-15 [Gizmodo]

Somali-American Amazon workers demand better conditions 2018-12-15 [Phys.org]

Somali Workers in Minnesota Force Amazon to Negotiate 2018-11-21 [The Times]

Steelworkers and U.S. Steel Have Tentative Agreement 2018-10-16 [ABC]

Union leaders after abuse allegrations: We stand with Keith Ellison 2018-10-12 [FOX]

In Minnesota and Across the Country, Organizing Power Begets Political Power 2018-10-06 [AFL-CIO]

Court upholds Minnesota law letting union rep Medicaid home care workers 2018-08-15 [Reuters]

Minnesota program helps women, minorities get job training 2018-08-13 [The Star-Tribune]

Labor has a big stake in St. Paul’s fight for $15 2018-08-03 [Workday]

With support from more unions, St. Paul labor federation gains strength 2018-08-02 [Workday]

Free program helps women, minorities join the trades 2018-07-28 [The Post-Bulletin]

Minneapolis police union endorses Tim Pawlenty, who doesn’t like unions 2018-07-23 [City Pages]

Minnesota Launches Union-Backed Home Care Job Board 2018-07-15 [Home Health]

Duluth labor pushes back on Janus ruling 2018-06-28 [The News-Tribune]

Union workers protest U.S. Supreme Court ruling 2018-06-28 [The Star-Tribune]

Metro Transit Bus Driver Punched in the Face Pushing for Better Safety 2018-06-26 [ABC]

UFCW Local 653 Goes Outside the Box to Protect the Pensions of Union Members 2018-06-19 [Workday MN]

Life-changing issue: Union workers, retirees call for action to preserve pension benefits 2018-06-10 [MPR]

Labor Backed Housing Forum Responds to the Affordability Crisis 2018-06-06 [Workday MN]

Minnesota Amazon workers seek better workplace conditions 2018-06-06 [FOX]

Amazon workers demand better conditions in Eagan 2018-06-05 [FOX]

Construction market gives more opportunities to women 2018-05-28 [The Star-Tribune]

Union workers settle contract dispute at Mayo Albert Lea hospital 2018-05-23 [StarTribune]

Education MN, the state*s largest labor union, endorses Tim Walz for Governor 2018-05-20 [ABC]

Beer Distributor Workers Continue Strike Over Safety Concerns 2018-05-13 [Truth Out]

The 2018 Midwest School for Women Workers is Coming to Minneapolis June 25-28 2018-05-11 [Workday]

For Building Construction Tradeswomen in Minnesota, What Does Raising the Hiring Goal for Women Mean? 2018-05-03 [Workday]

‘We’re begging for women workers,’ says Minnesota building trades leader 2018-05-01 [People's World]

New Report Names Minnesota the 31st Most Dangerous Place for Working People 2018-04-27 [Workday MN]

Whole Foods Co-op workers vote to unionize 2018-04-23 [Duluth News Tribune]

New Charges Filed by SEIU in Labor Dispute with Mayo Clinic 2018-04-19 [ABC]

Twin Cities Beer Truck Drivers Strike Over Safety Conditions 2018-04-13 [CBS]

Minneapolis teachers union ratifies new contract: Two-year pact, which came after 10 months of talks, calls for a 0.5 percent pay raise 2018-04-07 [Star Tribune]

Trial scneduled to investigate the Mayo Christmas lockout 2018-03-29 [KIMT]

More workers choosing to delay retirement 2018-03-19 [Mankato Free Press]

Rainy River Community College: A look at the circumstances that led to a local labor riot 2018-03-09 [Intl Falls Jrnl]

Claiming closure is to avoid unions, Ellison asks Electrolux to reconsider 2018-03-03 [SCTimes]

Nurses Association approve of new Red Wing labor contract 2018-02-19 [Red Wing Republican Eagle]

St. Paul teacher talks go down to wire; union says deal still not close 2018-02-12 [Star Tribune]

This month in labour history

1-05-1896 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

6-05-1937 Four hundred tobacco workers, earning just $3 per week, stage a walkout in Richmond, Virginia [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]