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Unions break ground on new Labor Center in St. Paul

Labor and civic leaders today broke ground on a new hub of operations for St. Paul's unions. The ceremony took place a week after Catholic Charities assumed ownership of the old St. Paul Labor Centre, better known as "411 Main." The new labor center will stand at 345 West 7th Street, about one … [Continue Reading ...]

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Unity Hospital workers go union after voting under new NLRB rules

About 350 workers at Unity Hospital in Fridley voted yesterday to join SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, the union announced today. The new bargaining unit includes nursing assistants, dietary aides, environmental services aides, patient care technicians and other positions. Over 59 percent of workers … [Continue Reading ...]

CWA Local 7250 members impacted by AT&T's sick-pay policy include Susan Anderson,

Workers to rally outside courthouse as AT&T sues to deny their sick pay

AT&T is challenging a new Minnesota law allowing workers to use paid sick time to care for family members. But as the Fortune 500 telecommunications company appears before a federal judge in Minneapolis on Friday, members of the Communications Workers of America will rally outside the … [Continue Reading ...]

Erica Brown (L), Jim Giebel and Dolly Lee haul lumber on the site.

City of St. Paul employees volunteer to help build Habitat house in Frogtown

City of St. Paul employees serve the public every day at work. But this summer, some are using their vacation time to give back to the community as well. In a coordinated effort among the city’s agencies and departments, city staffers are adopting six daylong volunteer shifts on a Habitat for … [Continue Reading ...]

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CWA Local 7250 members impacted by AT&T's sick-pay policy include Susan Anderson,

Workers to rally outside courthouse as AT&T sues to deny their sick pay

AT&T is challenging a new Minnesota law allowing workers to use paid sick time to care for family members. But as the Fortune 500 telecommunications company appears before a federal judge in Minneapolis on Friday, members of the Communications Workers of America will … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Erica Brown (L), Jim Giebel and Dolly Lee haul lumber on the site.

City of St. Paul employees volunteer to help build Habitat house in Frogtown

City of St. Paul employees serve the public every day at work. But this summer, some are using their vacation time to give back to the community as well. In a coordinated effort among the city’s agencies and departments, city staffers are adopting six daylong volunteer shifts on a Habitat for … [Continue Reading ...]

Linda Leighton, a descendent of one of the leaders of the 1934 Teamsters strike, is enlisted support for a historic monument in Minneapolis at the Minnesota State Fair last year.

Marker honoring fallen Minneapolis Teamsters to be dedicated July 18

After a lengthy fundraising campaign, the Remember 1934 Committee will unveil a permanent plaque July 18 in the Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis commemorating the historic Teamsters strikes that echoed across the U.S. – and made Minneapolis a union town. The committee will host an … [Continue Reading ...]

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Leading scholars to discuss past, present and future of labor movement

The East Side Freedom Library will host a conversation on labor history July 18 with two of the nation’s leading activist scholars in the field. The event is free and open to all. University of California at Santa Barbara professors Eileen Boris and Nelson Lichtenstein will lead the informal … [Continue Reading ...]

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Nurses plan BBQ Bash for Medicare

Wish Medicare a happy 50th birthday at a free barbecue and celebration hosted by the Minnesota Nurses Association from 5 to 9 p.m. July 30 at the Highland Park Shelter, 1200 Montreal Ave., St. Paul. Nurses are marking Medicare’s birthday with calls for lawmakers to protect, improve and expand the … [Continue Reading ...]

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McCarthy to succeed Knutson as Minnesota AFL-CIO’s top officer

The Minnesota AFL-CIO General Board today elected Bill McCarthy to serve as the state labor federation's next president. McCarthy, currently president of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, will take office Oct. 13. McCarthy will succeed current Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson, … [Continue Reading ...]

Laborers Local 563 Business Manager Tim Mackey

Tim Mackey: Laborers fought physical machine testing – and won

On June 30, Laborers Local 563 won its federal court case to enforce an arbitration award that stopped an employer from using a physical machine test to screen members. The union believes that this type of test has nothing to do with the ability to do the work and may unfairly exclude people who … [Continue Reading ...]

President Kasper reads a proclamation from the City declaring June 10 "411 Main Day" in St. Paul.

Bobby Kasper: Moving our hall, bringing along the spirit of 411 Main

A house is more than its walls and windows, more than the foundation and support beams that hold it together. Memories make a house a home. The friends and family members who gathered there – and the accomplishments that took place under its roof – are as much a part of any house as its square … [Continue Reading ...]

Rose Roach is executive director of the Minnesota Nurses Association.

Rose Roach: It’s health care, not ‘wealth care’ – and it’s a human right

A. Phillip Randolph, union organizer and president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, once said, “The essence of trade unionism is social uplift. The labor movement has been the haven for the dispossessed, the despised, the neglected, the downtrodden, the poor.” The essence of trade … [Continue Reading ...]

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