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Several Minnesota unions authorize strikes

Amidst the looming possibility of simultaneous strikes by several labor unions in Minnesota during the first week of March, attention turns to the rights and choices of non-union members within these workplaces. With at least four major unions preparing for potential strikes, including janitors, security guards, nursing home workers, and public works employees in Minneapolis, the landscape of labor negotiations in the Twin Cities is set for significant disruption. 

Already, five unions, including St. Paul Public Schools teachers, representing over 13,000 workers, have voted to authorize potential strikes. Additional nursing home employees are also considering strike authorization votes, potentially swelling the ranks to nearly 15,000. 

Negotiations between unions and employers are ongoing, with demands ranging from salary increases to enhanced benefits and improved workplace safety standards.  

Brigette Herbst, senior organizing director at AFFT says the rights of non-union members are often left out of the discussion during strikes. “Most employees don’t realize that in the event of a strike, assuming their employer permits it, workers who are not union members have the option to continue their duties as usual,” said Herbst. “This ensures that individuals have the autonomy to navigate their work responsibilities according to their own preferences and circumstances; it allows individuals to make decisions based on their own beliefs and needs.” 

Multiple unions have set a deadline of March 2 to have their demands addressed.  

As negotiations unfold and the possibility of strikes looms, the rights and choices of both union and non-union members remain pivotal in shaping the outcome of labor disputes and the future of workplace dynamics in Minnesota. 
If you are an employee who may be impacted by these strikes, please reach out with any questions or concerns at info@afft.org. 

Isabel Blank

Isabel Blank is Communications Director at Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment in 2021, Isabel worked in media relations at Travelers Insurance and held government affairs and communications roles with Yankee Institute. She has a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish, both from the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!). Isabel loves Crossfit and supporting her local Connecticut breweries.