It has been an honor and a privilege

Today marks my last day as editor of Workday Minnesota. It has been an honor to have done this work since this website was launched in August 2000. And it has been a privilege to provide a platform for workers to tell their stories.
From the beginning, our goal was to provide a place for workers’ voices to be heard. And that need still exists. Despite the avalanche of information available through the Internet, workers’ stories are still scarce.


Author to discuss 1916 Iron Range strike

Author and documentary filmmaker Gary Kaunonen will discuss the 1916 iron ore strike —which rocked Minnesota’s Iron Range and beyond — Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Admission is free.


New book chronicles the story of a factory town

Legacy Costs: The Story of a Factory Town is the latest book by Richard Hudelson, author of Beyond the Ore Docks. It’s a great read and great educational tool.


U of M students join nationwide protests against tax bill

With the U.S. Senate poised to enact sweeping tax cuts for the wealthy, University of Minnesota teaching assistants, research assistants and other graduate workers marched to protest the plan. They say the legislation would “cause a crisis in graduate education.”


One year later, truck drivers still not paid for wage theft

As a driver backed a semi-trailer into the loading dock at the Finish Line Express freight terminal, a crowd of about 100 Teamsters Local 120 members and supporters had just wrapped up a protest rally outside the terminal on the other side of a chain-link fence.


ATU Local 1005 elects new president

Ryan Timlin will be the new president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 effective Jan. 1. The election comes as the union prepares for a possible strike during February’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis.


Minnesotans raise alarms about tax bill

Union members in Minnesota are among those raising objections as the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on legislation to cut taxes, threatening important public services and providing handouts to the wealthy.