Minneapolis janitors strike one day in fight for new contracts

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020
Commercial janitors in Minneapolis, members of Service Employees International Union Local 26, voted Feb. 8 to authorize a walkout in fight for wage raise, dignity on the job.

MINNEAPOLIS — Janitors, members of Service Employees International Union Local 26, reached a tentative agreement after a strike here Feb. 27. There are 4,000 commercial janitors in the SEIU local. Many are immigrants from Latin America, East Africa and other…


Minnesota Teamsters walk out in support of UNFI strikers

Vol. 84/No. 1 - January 13, 2020
Teamsters Local 414 members, who struck United Natural Foods plant in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, picket at company’s Hopkins, Minnesota, plant Dec. 17, winning support from workers there.

HOPKINS, Minn. — Seven hundred members of Teamsters Local 120 walked out here Dec. 17 at United Natural Foods Inc., the largest organic grocery distributor in North America. The workers were supporting Teamsters Local 414 members who had set up…


Amazon warehouse workers protest against speedup and harassment

Vol. 83/No. 27 - July 29, 2019
Workers picket on “Prime Day” outside Shakopee, Minnesota, Amazon warehouse July 15.

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — “I’m standing up to make things better for my co-workers,” Meg Brady told a protest outside the huge Amazon fulfillment warehouse here July 15. Dozens of Amazon workers were joined by some 300 supporters, many trade unionists…


‘We are human beings, not robots!’ Amazon workers protest conditions

Vol. 83/No. 1 - January 7, 2019
Amazon workers and supporters protest outside Shakopee, Minnesota, warehouse Dec. 14.

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Chanting “We’re humans, not robots!” and “Amazon: Hear our voice!” some 300 Amazon workers and their supporters protested Dec. 14 outside the recently built Amazon warehouse here. Between 30 to 45 percent of the 2,500 workers at…


Teacher victory in Pueblo is victory for all workers

Colorado win spurs teachers’ fight in N. Carolina
Vol. 82/No. 21 - May 28, 2018
Teachers, students, supporters march 20,000-strong in Raleigh, North Carolina’s capital, May 16, part of teacher uprisings in West Virginia, Kentucky, Arizona and Colorado.

PUEBLO, Colo. — Teachers and paraprofessionals here voted up new contracts May 12-13 by a big majority. They had mounted a spirited and popular five-day strike, picketing schools, marching in protests across the city and rallying in front of the…


Teachers, school workers walk out in Pueblo contract struggle

Vol. 82/No. 20 - May 21, 2018

PUEBLO, Colo. — “Get up! Get down! Pueblo is a union town,” chanted hundreds of people May 7 as they rallied outside the offices of Pueblo City Schools District 60, the first day of a strike by school workers here.…


Delta workers rally in Minnesota to build support for a union

Vol. 82/No. 17 - April 30, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Delta Airlines ramp and cargo workers, flight attendants and supporters held a standing-room-only rally at the Labor Center here April 4 to advance their fight to organize a union. Delta workers from the Atlanta, Boston, Minneapolis,…