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Sun Country Chairman To Pilots’ Union: Company Headed For ‘Shutdown’

The chairman of Sun Country Airlines said the company is downsizing ahead of an “ultimate shut down” in its contract fight with pilots. The Air Line Pilots Association confirmed that an email sent from Sun Country’s Marty Davis to the union chairman was genuine.

05/07/2015

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Mpls. Police Union President Delmonico Loses Re-Election Bid

The face of the Minneapolis Police union for 16 years has lost his bid for re-election. Lt. John Delmonico ran mostly unchallenged since taking the job in 1999. Lt. Bob Kroll, the long-time union vice president, will take the top spot.

04/30/2015

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Wisconsin Residents Sound Off On ‘Right-To-Vote’ Bill

On Friday, Wisconsin became the 25th state to pass a right-to-work bill. Lawmakers in the state assembly fiercely debated the bill for more than 20 hours into the early morning. The bill finally passed around 9 a.m.

03/06/2015

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Wisconsin Assembly Sends Right-To-Work Bill To Gov. Walker

Wisconsin lawmakers voted Friday to make their state the 25th to enact right-to-work legislation, pushing a fast-tracked bill through the Assembly after an overnight debate and sending it on to Gov. Scott Walker for his promised signature.

03/06/2015

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MN Lawmaker Lures WI Businesses Over ‘Right-To-Work’ Bill

A Minnesota Republican lawmaker is getting in the middle of Wisconsin’s “right-to-work” debate. Republican Gov. Scott Walker says he’ll sign the bill when it reaches his desk, which would make union membership voluntary.

03/03/2015

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MnSCU Leaders, Unions Reach Agreement On Revamp

Administrators and faculty at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities say they’ve reached an agreement over a proposed system revamp.

03/03/2015

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Wisconsin Senate To Consider Right-To-Work Legislation

The Wisconsin Senate is set to dive into what could be a fierce debate on a Republican right-to-work bill after an evening of bitter protests over the legislation at the state Capitol.

02/25/2015

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Second Fight Over Union Rights Comes To Wisconsin

The fight over union rights returns to Wisconsin this week, four years after a debate that sparked massive protests and catapulted Gov. Scott Walker onto the national political stage, setting up his likely presidential run.

02/22/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Companies Give Raises?

On Thursday, Walmart announced it’s giving raises to 500,000 of its lowest-paid workers. Starting in April, employees will make $9 per hour, which is $1.75 more per hour than the federal minimum wage.

02/19/2015

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Unions Want Tougher Laws Against So-Called Wage Theft

Minnesota’s leading labor unions are pushing for stiffer penalties against employers caught improperly withholding worker pay or skirting overtime requirements.

02/11/2015

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Man Says Delta Fired Him For Union Attempts, Minimum Wage Comments

A Minneapolis man is fighting to get his job back Wednesday. Kip Hedges says Delta fired him for trying to unionize airline employees. Hedges says his comments about the need to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and the right to unionize, cost him his job of 26 years.

12/10/2014

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Protests Planned For Black Friday

Several workers unions in the Twin Cities are planning to kick off a series of strikes and protests on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

11/27/2014

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Fast Food Workers Protest Wages At Mpls. McDonald’s

Fast food workers and union supporters briefly took over a Minneapolis McDonald’s restaurant Thursday. It was part of a nationwide protest in 150 cities by fast food workers demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

09/04/2014

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A Look At The Evolution Of The Labor Movement

The Labor movement has had to reinvent itself since its beginnings in this country. John Budd is a University of Minnesota professor who researches and teaches about diverse aspects of work, employment, and related institutions.

09/01/2014

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Wis. Supreme Court Upholds Collective Bargaining Law

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election and rise to national prominence.

07/31/2014

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Fast Food Workers Try To Super-Size Their Wages

Heading into the Labor Day weekend, a growing labor movement is gaining traction across the United States. It’s a union-backed effort known as “Fight for 15” and it involves fast food employees who believe they should make $15 an hour.

08/29/2013

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Dayton Admin Wants Minn. Union Law Cases Tossed

Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration has responded to a federal lawsuit seeking to block unionization of certain in-home day providers with a court filing saying opponents lack standing to sue. New filings came Monday in one of two federal cases aiming to undo a new law paving the way for a union election. The administration wants both lawsuits dismissed and will argue for that in a July 18 court hearing.

06/17/2013

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MN Senate Passes Day Care Unionization Bill

The Minnesota Senate approved a Democratic-sponsored bill Wednesday to let unions try to organize daycare providers and personal care workers, after a 17-hour debate that stretched through the night thanks to forceful opposition from Republicans.

05/15/2013

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Crystal Sugar Union Workers To Vote For 5th Time

Union workers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa who have been locked out of their jobs for 20 months at American Crystal Sugar Co. are voting on the contract for the fifth time.

04/13/2013

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Janitors Reach Agreement, Security Guards May Strike Soon

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26 reached a tentative agreement with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Contract Cleaners Association Saturday on a three-year contract.

02/23/2013

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For ’13 Legislature, Long List Of Issues To Tackle

Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature’s new Democratic majorities have made it clear: The session that starts Tuesday will be all about the state budget.

01/04/2013

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Opinion: Americans Failed Walmart Workers

After all the hype regarding Walmart employees’ discontent with their employer and the threat of a strike on Black Friday, the long holiday weekend was saw banner sales and virtually no protest at Walmarts.

11/26/2012

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Dayton On Fence About Minn. Child Care Union Push

After being blocked in court, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday he hasn’t decided whether to ask the reconfigured Legislature to permit a unionization drive by home-based child care providers.

11/20/2012

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Digital Debate: Teamster’s Hoffa & Amway Heir DeVos: Clash Over Unions!

James P. Hoffa and Dick DeVos have vastly differing views of unions, which is why in this heated political climate battles are raging across America over unions in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, California and other states, the two took time to participate in CBS Local Digital Debate.

10/29/2012

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CBS Local Presidential Forum Obama/Romney: Square Off Over Education and Energy

Today on the CBS Local forum, Romney and Obama were asked: What will you do to make the U.S. more energy independent?

10/12/2012

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