On Thursday, July 24, 2014 an independent arbitrator confirmed that a majority of workers
at the Radisson Blu Mall of America have signed cards authorizing Unite Here Local 17
to represent them in negotiations with the company.
Next steps: Radisson Blu workers will be offered a survey to choose what issues and topics should be addressed in contract negotiations, and a bargaining committee comprised of workers will be selected.
Local 17 will work with Radisson Blu Mall of America management to promptly set up dates when contract negotiations will begin.
Once a contract settlement is reached, Radisson Blu workers will vote to accept or reject the contract.
Thanks to no excuse absentee balloting, early voting in Minnesota is now easy as 1, 2, 3.
1. Apply for an absentee ballot from the Minnesota Secretary of State by clicking here, or visit your city or county election office. Election officials will mail the absentee ballot materials to you after receiving your application. You do not have to provide an excuse for not voting on Election Day in person.
2. Fill out the absentee ballot. You'll be asked to have a register voter or notary verify that you received a blank ballot and you were the person to vote.
3. Return the absentee ballot via mail, fax, email, or drop it off in person at your city or county election office the day before the election.
In the past, voters had to provide an approved excuse for not voting in person. With no excuse absentee balloting, you don't have to worry about work, weather or wheels stopping you from voting early.
Early voting opens this month, June 27, for the Aug. 12 primary election. Applications are being accepted now for no excuse absentee ballots. Not registeed to vote? Voter registration information will be included with your absentee ballot.
There's no excuse not to vote in 2014! Support our DFL-endorsed candidates and vote today.
More Work with Less Workers Means Increased Injury Rates
It is no secret that the hospitality industry is coming back after several difficult years, but what does that mean for the workers in this industry?
With higher workloads and fewer workers, not everyone is benefiting fully. Profits that are coming in to the hotels are coming on the backs of workers.
Last month the Minnesota House concurred with the Minnesota Senate and raised the state Minimum Wage from 6.15 an hour, one of the lowest in the nation, to 9.50 by August of 2016 making it the the fifth highest in country.
The legislation does NOT include any hospitality industry "tip penalty" or "Super Wage". UNITE HERE with it's community and faith based partners pushed back the Industry to assure that all of Minnesota's nearly 50,000 servers will continue earn a full minimum wage in the work place. Minnesota remains one of 7 states that does not pay a sub-minimum wage.
Nearly 360,000 workers (23%) of the Minnesota workforce will see their wages rise starting in August of this year!