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The Creative Methods Workers Are Using to Stop Bosses’ Abuse

In the past six months, workers at more than 150 Starbucks locations have successfully unionized, fighting back against unfair labor practices by their employer. And in April, Amazon warehouse workers won a victory against one of the most powerful corporations in the world when they became the first company facility to vote to unionize in the United States.
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In Rare Case, a Large Meatpacking Plant is Being Forced to Address Workers’ Repetitive Motion Injuries

This story was originally published by Investigative Midwest. One of the U.S.’s most productive pork processing plants is being forced to restructure part of its workspace to prevent the repetitive motion injuries that plague meatpacking workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Seaboard Foods in Guymon, Oklahoma, for...

New program seeks to end wage theft and abuse in the local construction industry

“I want to make a clear message so that developers, when you’re going to sleep at night, you understand what’s happening to us. I want you to remember the contractors you hired that didn’t pay the workers…when are you going to pay the workers?” said construction worker and CTUL member Pedro Carbajal in Spanish through a translator. “We are the ones that work every day…we are the ones that are sweating.”

Unions honor fallen tradespeople on Workers Memorial Day

Twin Cities Building Trades councils observed Workers Memorial Day with a ceremony on the Capitol grounds today, remembering union tradespeople who died from workplace injuries and illnesses over the past year and rededicating their organizations to the cause of safer worksites. “Every worker, regardless of their language, their gender, their...

St. Paul Starbucks workers win union election

Baristas in St. Paul won their union election today, giving Minnesota its first corporate-owned, unionized Starbucks. In an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, workers at Starbucks’ 300 Snelling Ave. location voted 14-1 in favor of joining Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Local labor movement’s solidarity vital for MFT

Striking Minneapolis educators appealed to the broader labor movement for help. And they got it. More than $500,000 in donations for the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers strike fund came in from local and national donors, large and small, from individuals, local unions, and the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association.

How Workers Used Amazon’s Captive Audience Meetings Against the Company

Amazon workers in Staten Island, N.Y., astonished the world last week when they voted to form the first-ever U.S. union at the e commerce behemoth, which is known for ferociously opposing its workers’ efforts to organize. The Amazon Labor Union (ALU), which won the effort at the JFK8 fulfillment center, had been targeted by such anti-union efforts, and its co-founder, Chris Smalls, had been called ​“not smart or articulate” by Amazon officials. (Smalls co-founded the union after he was fired for organizing for safer conditions during the pandemic.)

How to Aid Seniors Who Need Help Paying Rent

Ample funding of policies that help our most vulnerable seniors stay in their homes should be a top priority for the Minnesota Legislature’s $9.3 billion projected budget surplus. What those vulnerable seniors do not need is elimination of income taxes on Social Security benefits. This is a hollow promise...

Blaze Pizza workers win back stolen wages

“I remember going into work one day and hearing a coworker complain about our wages. This was maybe three months into me working at Blaze. Until then, I had no idea that anything was wrong,” said Sydney Kuran, a worker at Blaze Pizza and nursing student at the University of Minnesota. “I expected them to pay me a legal wage. I trusted them to do that, because why wouldn’t they?”

Why are Starbucks baristas unionizing?

In the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Starbucks at 47th Street and Cedar Avenue closed its doors to customers, but its drive-thru window remained open for business. “Being a shift supervisor, I was the one putting people at the window,” said Emily. “I started having nightmares where people would call me a murderer because I was sending my friends and coworkers into danger.”