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Spyhouse votes down union

Spyhouse Coffee Co., the upscale Twin Cities chain with six locations, won’t become a union shop. An organized labor push that began in August fizzled out on Monday when 14 of 25 workers voted against unionization.“Sadly, it appears management’s deceptive

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UEA votes on last, best offer from UMD

UMD presented the University Education Association with its last, best and final offer, and voting on the contract started last week. The vote was scheduled to finish at noon on Monday; keep checking back for the latest.“Whether it’s up or

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MNA president’s account of hospital conditions moves Biden to tears

When the president of the Minnesota Nurses Association talked about what front-line workers are facing during the pandemic, the president-elect listened — and wept.Mary Turner participated in an online meeting with President-elect Joe Biden and other healthcare workers from around

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Next CLB meeting will be via Zoom

The November Central Labor Body meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, via Zoom. Please email Beth McCuskey at bmccuskey@hotmail.com to get the link to the meeting.

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UEA frustrated by slow talks

UEA members at the University of Minnesota Duluth and Crookston have been working without a contract since June, and the union says the institutions are dragging their feet on negotiations for a new one.The membership met recently, said Elizabethada Wright,

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Amazon workers walk out in Shakopee

Workers at the MSP1 fulfillment center walked off the job late last week after Farhiyo Warsame was fired at the facility. Management claimed Warasame violated their “time off task” rules. Warsame had previously raised concerns about a lack of adequate

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Early voting means every day is Election Day until Nov. 3

In other elections, in earlier years, campaigns followed a choreographed tempo throughout the year. Candidates marched in small-town parades during the summer, shook hands and sang songs at Labor Day picnics at the beginning of September, and then powered through

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Comm. Serv. calls for volunteers, donations

This year has been hard for all of us in some way or another. But for families already facing difficulties, the challenges of the pandemic, high unemployment rates and uncertainty around education are hitting especially hard. Renee Van Nett, Community

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AFSCME calls for pressure on lege in CIP issue

Legislative pressure is key in keeping two Department of Correction facilities open in the face of budget shortfalls and a possible department restructure, says AFSCME officials.AFSCME 5 said the DOC made an $18 million budget request to address a structural

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Vets, families push back on Trump’s comments

Veterans and families of veterans, including several members of the Labor community, spoke out against Trump’s recently reported comments of war dead as “suckers” and “losers.” They did so a week after Vice President Pence visited Duluth, and a day

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