• St. Paul teachers rally for new union contract
    Union officials say they're rallying at several schools to raise support for provisions they want to see in their next two-year contract.January 30, 2014
  • Nurses to picket for new contract with Allina
    The Minnesota Nurses Association, the union that represents 5,000 Allina nurses in the state, had its latest bargaining session with Allina Friday, asking for a pension plan and better health insurance for Allina nurses at Regina Medical Center in Hastings.January 25, 2014
  • Extended unemployment benefits on track to expire Dec. 28
    Democrats were scrambling late Wednesday to link an extension of benefits to a budget deal that is expected to get a vote as soon as Thursday. But if the effort fails, they will come back at it in 2014.December 12, 2013
  • A Midwestern meatpacking town welcomes immigrants
    Immigrants have always worked in the meatpacking plants, lured by steady -- if hard -- work. The response to minority immigrants in Garden City, Kan. differ from many in the rural Midwestern towns: City leaders decided early on that they would embrace these newcomers.December 11, 2013
  • U.S. job openings reach 5-year high, a hopeful sign
    The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose 1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 3.93 million. That is the highest figure since May 2008, three months after the Great Recession began. And the number of workers who quit rose 2.5 percent to 2.39 million, the most since October 2008.December 11, 2013
  • Unemployment benefit program set to expire at year's end
    More than 1 million people will see their extended unemployment benefits immediately cut off at the end of the month if Congress doesn't act.December 3, 2013
  • Fast-food strikes aim at 100 US cities
    Fast-food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job on Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in a push for higher pay.December 2, 2013
  • Workers march University Ave. in St. Paul to protest low wages; 26 arrested
    The rally stopped traffic on University Avenue and ended with a sit-in at the intersection of University and Snelling Avenues.November 29, 2013
  • US jobless claims drop to 316,000, as layoffs slow
    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 316,000, a sign that workers are in less danger of being laid off.November 28, 2013
  • MSP airport workers rally for higher wages
    About 150 people took part in the peaceful demonstration, organized by the Service Employees International Union, where non-unionized minimum-wage workers gathered at the airport to demand higher pay. They say they can't live on the less than $8 per hour they're currently paid.November 27, 2013
  • House panel to probe unemployment data
    A House panel plans to investigate allegations in a published report that workers in the Census Bureau fabricated data used to prepare monthly unemployment reports.November 20, 2013
  • Starbucks is latest company helping vets land jobs
    Starbucks will hire at least 10,000 veterans or their spouses over the next five years.November 7, 2013
  • Should anyone be able to take a job anywhere?
    Letting people go where the jobs are would improve the lives of millions around the world, some argue. But others say an influx of labor into the richest countries would devalue workers' worth and actually hurt more in the long run.November 7, 2013
  • Minimum wage hike could be gaining support
    On many economic issues, Americans are deeply divided. But when it comes to giving pay raises to minimum wage workers, voters overwhelmingly say: Do it.November 7, 2013
  • Older workers happier with their jobs
    A study by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 9 in 10 workers who are age 50 or older say they are very or somewhat satisfied with their job. Older workers reported satisfaction regardless of gender, race, educational level, political ideology and income level.October 27, 2013

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