A break from the doom

Workers are standing up to their employers and the government.

Workers with Communication Workers of America Local 7250 gathered outside of the AT&T building in downtown Minneapolis for informational picketing. They’ve been raising awareness about AT&T’s union-busting tactics. Over 500 stores have been closed in the last year. “They’ve been on a rampage closing stores and flipping many of them to outsourced, non-union retailers,” said CWA 7250 president Kieran Knutson.

Workers picketing included retail workers, workers from AT&T’s call center in the tower, and CWA workers from other locals who came out to show their support.

After picketing outside, workers marched through the IDS building to the Baker Center Skyway AT&T Store, where they informed the retail workers about what’s going on. 

Workers continue standing up to Marathon

It’s been months since oil refinery workers have been waiting for a contract that protects them and their community. Members of Teamsters Local 120 from the St. Paul Park’s Marathon refinery have been picketing at the site and at local Speedway gas stations.

Listen: In this Minnesota Reformer radio interview, fire mechanic and rescue squad lieutenant Matt Foss informs us on what’s at stake for workers, the community, and the environment.

Safety check! The workers are concerned about you and your neighborhood. Are you in the burn zone? ☣️

Solidarity with Minnesota Nurses Association

Pediatric nurses are picketing at Children’s Hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Paul, informing the public that they’ve been short-staffed.

Dancing in the streets with SWOP!

It’s not all doom. The Sex Workers Outreach Project kicked off an initiative to repeal Minneapolis ordinances against loitering and dancing in the street. These laws criminalize sex work and are used as pretext to harass unhoused people.

Listen: Learn about sex workers and the history of sex work in Minneapolis with the money.power.land.solidarity podcast

Check out Workday’s past coverage on erotic dancing here.

Share Up With the Workers

What we have our eyes on

  • ProPublica reporters reveal how the wealthiest people and companies in the US evade taxes. Watch: “Buy, Borrow, Die.”

  • Pioneer Press opinion columnist Rubén Rosario on how agriculture workers may be the most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Happy #Pride month! 🌈

Are you interested in reporting on workers?

  • Apply to be Prism’s Midwest Workers Rights’ Correspondent. Your reporting will be published on Workday!

Friendly reminder to stay hydrated. We are each other’s harvest. (Happy birthday, Gwendolyn Brooks.)