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Teamsters strike at Marathon in St. Paul Park

Operations and maintenance workers at Marathon Petroleum’s refinery in St. Paul Park went on strike late last month — and were rebuffed when they offered to go back to work.Members of Teamsters Local 120 say they are taking a stand

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Central Labor Body expresses support for Walz’s pandemic efforts

Discussion at the Duluth Central Labor Body meeting in Duluth led to the proposal of making a statement supporting Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz in his efforts to help the state get a handle on the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic, public

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Walz budget draws praise

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz released his budget proposal early last week, and unions and allies responded with a flurry of statements.“Gov. Walz’s budget proposal is a bold plan that invests in priorities to help working people recover from the COVID-19

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Report describes acute distress among nurses

“Acute moral distress is widespread among nurses caring for Covid-19 patients and they are at significant risk of moral injury,” according to “Deadly Shame: Redressing the Devaluation of Registered Nurse Labor Through Pandemic Equity,” a new white paper by National

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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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