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MNA prez to serve on nat’l Covid task force

Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary C. Turner has been selected to serve on the national Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Turner is the only Registered Nurse to serve on this advisory board to advise the White House on how

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Lockout at Marathon Refinery drags on

By Amie Stager and Michael MooreAs picketing at the refinery in this small, suburban community entered a third week, members of Teamsters Local 120 and Gov. Tim Walz ratcheted up the pressure on Marathon earlier this month with a rally

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Minnesota unions prevail in ‘fair share’ suits

AFSCME 5 and Education Minnesota prevailed in federal court last week after a judge ruled that they do not have to retroactively return so-called “fair share” dues under the Janus decision.U.S. District Court Judge Susan Nelson dismissed the three cases.

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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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