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MN Enacts Legislation Funding Unemployment Coffers, Authorizing Pay to Frontline Workers, and Requiring Notice 2022-05-08 [Ogletree Deakins]

Gov. Walz Signs Bill To Replenish Unemployment Insurance Fund, Give Bonuses To Frontline Workers 2022-04-30 [CBS]

St. Paul Starbucks workers win union election 2022-04-28 [Workday MN]

Minneapolis Strike Wins Big Raise For Lowest-Paid Educators 2022-04-22 [Labor Notes]

Minneapolis Educators Just Showed the Country How to Strike and Win 2022-03-30 [Jacobin]

Minneapolis teachers reach a tentative deal after three-week strike 2022-03-26 [New York Times]

Minneapolis Strikers Demand a Living Wage for the Lowest-Paid Educators 2022-03-21 [Labour Notes]

Minneapolis Strikers Demand a Living Wage for the Lowest-Paid Educators 2022-03-19 [Labor Notes]

Reforms to Transformation: Visions from the Frontlines of Twin Cities Educator Struggles 2022-03-17 [Left Voice]

Minneapolis Teachers Strike For First Time In 40+ Years 2022-03-17 [More Perfect Union]

In Minneapolis strike, teachers say kids aren’t all right 2022-03-10 [AP News]

Minneapolis teachers strike, halting classes 2022-03-09 [PBS]

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Twin Cities Educators Fight for Safe and Stable Schools 2022-03-09 [AFL-CIO]

Minneapolis teachers strike; district says it can't afford union demands 2022-03-09 [MPR News]

Minneapolis Teachers Strike for Smaller Class Sizes, More Counselors and Higher Wages 2022-03-09 [Left Voice]

What you need to know about the teachers strike in Minneapolis, agreement in St. Paul 2022-03-09 [Star Tribune]

Minneapolis Educators Strike for the Common Good 2022-03-09 [The Nation]

Minneapolis educators strike for the common good 2022-03-09 [The Nation]

Minneapolis Federation of Teachers to strike Friday as negotiations break down over wages, resources for student mental health 2022-03-08 [New York Times]

Minneapolis teachers strike after failing to reach contract 2022-03-08 [ABC]

Union difference: Raises, bonuses for 2,300 workers in Ramsey County, MN 2022-03-05 [AFSCME]

Minneapolis and St. Paul won't require vaccines for restaurant workers 2022-01-15 [StarTribune]

Half Price Books Workers Unionize at Four Minnesota Stores 2022-01-12 [Twin Cities Business]

In rapidly diversifying Minnesota, COVID-19 has intensified the challenges immigrant workers face 2021-11-15 [Prism]

'Nurses are at a breaking point': Union sounds a plea as healthcare workers face continuing Covid-19 surge 2021-12-28 [Kare11]

MN Department of Labor and Industry recovers more than $334K in back wages for construction workers 2021-12-22 [DLI]

MN bookstore workers win union recognition from NLRB, forming first union at national chain Half Price Books 2021-12-20 [UFCW]

'It's overwhelming': MN healthcare workers share stresses of latest COVID surge 2021-09-07 [KMSP]

After a 10-Day Strike, a Cleaners Union Wins a Landmark Contract With Pay Raises and Safety Reinforcements 2021-08-28 [Mother Jones]

High-Rise Window Washers Go On Strike 2021-08-17 [CBS]

Striking Window Cleaners Want Their Dangerous Job Recognized as a Skilled Trade 2021-08-17 [Labour Notes]

High Rise Window Cleaners Announce Majority Support For a ULP Strike 2021-08-16 [Workday MN]

MN Instacart Deal Ensures Unionized Grocery Workers Fulfill Online App-Based Grocery Pickup Orders at Cub Foods 2021-07-28 [UFCW]

Next job for Minnesota lawmakers: Spend $250 million on front-line worker aid 2021-07-19 [StarTribune]

Minnesota Essential Workers React to Announcement of Working Group Members for $250 Million Fund 2021-07-16 [SEIU]

Report: Union labor offsets cost with efficiency, safety 2021-07-12 [Finance&Commerce]

Metro Transit union workers picket over pandemic compensation 2021-06-24 [MPR]

City's pandemic furloughs hit women, people of color hardest, Minneapolis report finds 2021-06-08 [The Star-Tribune]

Essential workers seek back pay for quarantines 2021-05-29 [KARE 11]

A twin cities union militant and anti-racist 2021-05-29 [The Tempest]

Healthcare Workers Vote To Ratify Allina Health Agreement 2021-05-18 [KTOE]

Allina Healthcare Workers File 10-Day Notice For ULP Strike 2021-04-29 [SEIU Healthcare MN]

Allina Workers announce intent to strike in May 2021-04-29 [KSTP]

Union Workers Rally for Justice for Daunte Wright at Brooklyn Center Site 2021-04-17 [CCX Media]

Essential Workers Speak about a Year of COVID-19 2021-03-14 [Workday MN]

Union representing food retail workers raises vaccine rollout concerns 2021-03-06 [KARE-11]

Amazon Employee on Bezos stepping down: He’s ‘gotten very wealthy’ off of ‘work that all of his employees have done’ 2021-02-05 [Yahoo Finance]

JBS labor union calls for legislation to protect local workers 2021-01-30 [Globe]

House DFL bill would offer safety protections for meatpacking workers 2021-01-28 [MPR]

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Tackles Worker Misclassification 2021-01-23 [MN Legal Services]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

1-05-1886 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]

3-05-1895 Eugene V. Debs and 6 other union railroad leaders are sentenced to 6 months in prison for contempt of court during a hearing over a strike at the Pullman luxury car manufacturing plants. [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]

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]

20-05-1926 The first federal legislation asserting workers' right to form unions takes effect today in the rail industry. [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]

23-05-1903 Some 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, are on strike in the Philadelphia area protesting against 60-hour weeks including night hours imposed on children. [more]

24-05-1995 After 10 months on strike against 12-hour shifts and wage increases linked to productivity, 2300 workers from 5 Bridgestone-Firestone factories resign themselves to going back to work without a collective agreement. [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]

25-05-1805 A Philadelphia shoemakers' strike was broken when workers were arrested and accused of violating an English law proclaiming criminal any conspiracy to force a collective increase in wages. [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]

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

31-05-1943 At the Detroit Packard Motor Co factory, in full war production, 25,000 white workers go on strike when 3 black workers are promoted to a line previously occupied only by whites. The 3 are transferred. [more]