On March 14, 2013, as part of Building Trades Day-on-the-Hill, a rally was held at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul to support the Keystone XL Pipeline project. Several hundred union members attended to endorse the project as a safe and efficient way to move oil across the U.S. from Canada, to reduce dependance on foreign oil, and to create thousands of jobs. Here is a short video of highlights of the morning.
Starting at 6:00 a.m. Monday morning close to 100 workers are now locked out their jobs in Detroit Lakes. According to an employee that wishes to remain anonymous, 90 some Snappy Air Distribution came to work Monday morning only to find they no longer had a job.
Snappy Air Distribution is a union shop and on Friday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. the contract between the Sheet Metal Workers Union and Snappy was rejected by vote. Read more »
In recent months, regulators have demanded millions of dollars from companies that hired independent contractors to hang drywall, install cable, staff call centers, give manicures and perform other jobs in which the government said workers were really functioning as company employees. A crackdown on businesses that treat some workers as independent contractors is causing a stir in industries from trucking to exotic dancing.At issue is whether the companies improperly classify employees to avoid paying overtime and payroll taxes. Read more »
Janitors, security guards, building cleaners and allies joined locked out American Crystal Sugar workers on March 1, 2013 for a rally at the Target store and headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. They called on Target to stop selling Crystal Sugar until that company ends its 20 month-long lockout of union workers at plants in Minnesota and North Dakota. The event capped a week of coordinated actions by SEIU Local 26, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, Take Action Minnesota, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha, and Occupy Homes. Read more »