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Retail negotiations will begin in earnest in March of next year for the majority of Union Retail Grocery stores represented by UFCW Local 1189. We have designed a survey to gather information from you on what is important in your workplace and your thoughts and ideas regarding your collective bargaining agreement (your Union Contract). Your opinions and input are important. Take the Survey!

Alicia Yopihua, Romualdo Romero, Julio Romero, and Demecio Romero have worked cleaning the Lexus of Wayzata, Village Chevrolet, and Auto Bargain Center Lot for ROC Commerical Cleaning and subcontractors of ROC for the past 8 years. As of last week, they were earning less than they were making eight years ago.  On June 9, they participated in a one-day strike together with workers from 7 other companies for better wages and working conditions. That same day, the ROC cut the contract of their subcontractor and the workers were forced to turn in their keys.

The City of St. Paul and the Ford Site Planning Task Force cordially invite members of the public to a meeting about how the future Ford Site redevelopment can manage stormwater, waste water and solid waste; provide amenities such as trees, vegetation and art; and recognize the site's history.  Learn about the City's approach and share your thoughts.

Reposted from Workday Minnesota:Unions and other progressive organizations are sorting through the flurry of bills passed in the final days of the Minnesota Legislature’s 2015 session, including the likelihood of a special session on K-12 education funding.Education Minnesota (link is external), the union of 70,000 educators, described the legislation to increase K-12 and early education funding by $400 million over the next two years as “lackluster.” Governor Mark Dayton

JOBS NOW CoalitionJob Vacancy FACT SHEET—June 2015  In Northwest Minnesota there are 1.4 job seekers for every job opening, according to the updated Job Vacancy Survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).*  Job openings grew 32 percent in the last year.**  But full-time openings have not grown as fast as part-time openings.  Over the last year, full-time openings rose 17 percent; part-time openings rose 57 percent.

As you know, after being stalled for weeks, Fast Track was approved by the Senate.  The bill now goes to the House, where the vote is expected to be tight – and we are preparing for a fight that may last through June.

JOBS NOW CoalitionJob Vacancy FACT SHEET—May 2015  Southeast Minnesota Job Openings Are Up; Wage Offers Are DownJob openings in Southeast Minnesota are up 30 percent compared with one year ago, according to the latest Job Vacancy Survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).*  The updated survey shows the region with 6,600 job openings, the most openings in 13 years.**But the median wage for all openings dropped to $11.00 per hour.***  DEED’s Cost of Living research shows that the Southeast Minnesota average for a family-supporting wage is $14.50 per ho

It’s the little things: the smiles from Minnesota’s top political leaders as they walk in and out of the governor’s residence in St. Paul, a double thumbs-up from a state lawmaker as he exits a meeting, brief glimpses of negotiators sharing lighthearted conversation in the foyer. It’s not much, but it’s all reporters got at the end of three full days of negotiations between tight-lipped state leaders as they try to close a deal on the state’s two-year, $40 billion budget and figure out how to spend a nearly $2 billion budget surplus.Time is running short. DFL Gov.