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Home care workers stand up, fight back

The wrong-headed Supreme Court decision in Harris v. Quinn deserved a response. Tuesday, Minnesota home care workers delivered it, presenting  union election filing cards to the State Bureau of Mediation Services, triggering an organizing vote. The action reminds us that, contrary to some of last week’s misleading spin, nothing in Harris v Quinn prevents home care workers from organizing and forming a union. In fact, it affirms their right to do so. It was also a bold statement, to stand and announce the largest union election in Minnesota history in…

Video: Nurses Picket for Patient Care

Twin Cities nurses wore red as they picketed outside of North Memorial Medical Center to protest the unsafe working conditions. The informational picket called attention to the increasing ratio of patients to staff, which nurses say is diminishing the quality of patient care. Patients are experiencing delays with medications, feedings, restroom assistance and other critical services due to over-worked staff being spread too thin. The nurses called on the hospital to restore staffing levels to make sure patients get the care they deserve.