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Minnesota Home Care Workers Celebrate First Day of Historic Union Contract

Contract wins include paid time off, higher wage floor, workplace protections, training fund and more for 27,000 workers represented

St. Paul, MN - After years of advocacy by home care workers and the people they support, today marks the first day of the historic home care union contract. After voting last year to form their union and join Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Minnesota, home care workers reached an agreement with the state in January on this first contract for the 27,000 workers in the new bargaining unit. The agreement was ratified by union members and by the Minnesota Legislature as part of the Health and Human Services (HHS) omnibus budget bill.  (more…)

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Janitors who Clean Twin Cities Macy’s and Other Big Box Stores Go on Strike

Workers from over 50 stores across the Metro walked off jobs to highlight low wages, wage theft, lack of benefits and poor working conditions

Minneapolis, MN — Janitors who clean Macy’s, Sears, Home Depot, Lunds & Byerlys, car dealerships, Herberger’s and other big box stories went on strike early Tuesday morning. Workers from over 50 stores in the Twin Cities walked off the job and picketed in front of the downtown Minneapolis Macy’s. (Photos available by request) The workers, who are members of Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL), a Twin Cities worker center, and SEIU Local 26, were joined by hundreds of supporters on the picket line starting at 6 a.m. Workers called for higher wages and benefits, along with better working conditions. The strike came just weeks after a lawsuit claiming wage theft by a company contracted to clean big box stores in the Twin Cities.  (more…)

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SEIU Minnesota State Council Endorses Peggy Flanagan

Members cite Flanagan’s continued commitment to children, families and working people
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SEIU endorsed candidate for State Representative 46A, Peggy Flanagan

St. Paul, MN – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council is excited to announce its endorsement of Peggy Flanagan in her run for the Minnesota House in 46A, a district where hundreds of SEIU members live and work. SEIU members and leaders chose to endorse Flanagan at this time so they can begin talking to their neighbors about Flanagan’s proven track record as a progressive leader who has been a longtime advocate for issues important to working families in our state. With their endorsement, SEIU members highlighted Flanagan’s drive and desire to be a champion at the capitol for children, families and working people across the state. (more…)

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Home Care Workers Celebrate Legislative Passage of Historic First Contract

Contract will go into effect on July 1st for 27,000 home care workers across the state, improving the lives of workers and the people they serve

St. Paul, MN – With the Governor’s signing of the Omnibus Health and Human Services bill today, leaders from SEIU Healthcare Minnesota celebrated the legislative passage of their historic first home care contract. The contract, the first new union contract with the state of Minnesota in decades, had bipartisan support in the Legislature, including stand-alone bill authors Sandy Pappas (SF1274), Rod Hamilton (HF2035), and Denny McNamara (HF1298). The contract will go into effect on July 1st and covers approximately 27,000 home care workers across the state. Key victories in the contract include workers receiving a paid time off benefit for the first time (five days of paid time off for full-time workers), raising the pay floor from $9 to $11 by 2016, a grievance and arbitration procedure to address wage theft, and a training fund to improve the quality of care they provide to people with disabilities and seniors. Workers championed the contract as a great step forward for both themselves and the people they serve.  (more…)

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SEIU Leaders Comment As Last Day of Legislative Session Comes to an End

Praise gains in long-term care, express frustration on stalled bi-partisan bills and call for real funding in education

St. Paul, MN – As the last day of the 2015 legislative session came to an end at the Capitol, leaders of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Minnesota issued the following statements: (more…)

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SEIU Responds to Wage Proposal At MSP Airport

In response to the Metropolitan Airports Commission administrators proposing to raise wages for airport workers to $1 above the state’s minimum wage, SEIU Local 26 President Javier Morillo issued the following statement: (more…)

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School Support Staff Comment on House Tax Omnibus Bill

St Paul, MN — Minnesota school support staff are calling on members of the House Tax Committee to vote against the tax omnibus bill released today, and instead invest in Minnesota’s students by increasing the targets for E-12 Education.

SEIU Local 284 members from across Minnesota issued the following statements on Monday: (more…)

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On Day of Massive Nationwide Strikes, MSP Airport Workers March on Employer in Call for Higher Wages

Workers including MAC Commissioner Ibrahim Mohamed & fired Delta worker Kip Hedges were joined by community supporters in call for better wages & working conditions

St. Paul, Minn — Ibrahim Mohamed, who was appointed to the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) by Governor Dayton in January, was part of the action that asked the management of Air Serv to support workers in their calls on the MAC to raise wages and working conditions for sub-contracted airport workers.  (more…)

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SEIU Members Applaud Gov. Dayton’s Focus on Working Families at State of the State

St. Paul, MN – Leaders of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Minnesota applauded Governor Dayton following his 2015 State of the State speech tonight: (more…)

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New Report Highlights Impacts of High Poverty Rates in Minnesota’s East African Communities

Cites Raising Wages to $15 at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, Largest Employer of Community, as Chance to Bring over $30 Million to Local Economy

Minneapolis, MN – A new report titled “Waiting for Takeoff,” released today by the Center for Popular Democracy, shined light on the disproportionately high poverty rate for the East African communities in Minnesota. It also highlighted the role the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport, as the largest employer of East African workers in the state, could take to address this crisis. (more…)

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