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Love wins! Union members join celebration at Twin Cities Pride Parade

  Union members joined the party at the Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade in Minneapolis yesterday, cheering the Supreme Court’s historic decision making marriage equality the law of the land. “We’re always fighting; it feels good to be celebrating for a change,” Charli Haataja, a member of … [Continue Reading ...]

Pro-union home health care workers celebrated the results of their organizing election last August.

Day One: Minnesota home care workers’ first contract takes effect today

The union contract that goes into effect today between the State of Minnesota and home care workers statewide is a big deal to Tallaya Byers. But it’s about more than paid time off, wage increases and other benefits that kick in today, the 38-year-old from St. Paul said. “I’m being recognized as … [Continue Reading ...]

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In Minnesota, apprenticeship model expanding to other industries

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY5dyi0jDuM Apprenticeship has long been the backbone of the Building Trades unions. Their on-the-job training programs put workers on a path to family-sustaining careers while ensuring union contractors have access to the highly skilled labor pool they need to … [Continue Reading ...]

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Minnesota native wins election as CWA’s secretary-treasurer

Fridley native Sara Steffens was elected secretary/treasurer of the Communications Workers of America, one of the largest labor unions in the country. Steffens, 43, was sworn in at the union’s 75th convention in Detroit on June 8. Steffens was previously acting secretary/treasurer of the … [Continue Reading ...]

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In Minnesota, apprenticeship model expanding to other industries

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY5dyi0jDuM Apprenticeship has long been the backbone of the Building Trades unions. Their on-the-job training programs put workers on a path to family-sustaining careers while ensuring union contractors have access to the highly skilled … [Continue Reading ...]

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Minnesota native wins election as CWA’s secretary-treasurer

Fridley native Sara Steffens was elected secretary/treasurer of the Communications Workers of America, one of the largest labor unions in the country. Steffens, 43, was sworn in at the union’s 75th convention in Detroit on June 8. Steffens was previously acting secretary/treasurer of the … [Continue Reading ...]

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Results are in: Letter Carriers’ food drive nets over 70 million pounds nationwide

  Letter carriers nationwide collected 70.6 million pounds of food along their routes May 9 during the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, according to results announced on the National Association of Letter Carriers union's website yesterday. The total continues a streak of 12 consecutive years … [Continue Reading ...]

Lucilla Dominguez (L) speaks at a press conference during CTUL's victory celebration. Veronica Mendez translates.

CTUL activist Dominguez named Saint Paul Foundation’s Facing Race Ambassador

The Saint Paul Foundation honored workers rights activist Lucila Dominguez with one of its Facing Race Ambassador Awards at a program today in St. Paul. The award honors leaders in the fight for racial equity and against racism, and promotes the need for productive community‐wide conversations about … [Continue Reading ...]

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East Side Freedom Library plans April film screenings, lectures

Programming at the East Side Freedom Library this month includes film screenings, discussions and a presentation on social justice. All events at the nonprofit, independent library, located at 1105 Greenbrier St. in St. Paul, are free and open to the public. For more information go to the … [Continue Reading ...]

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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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WAIT Twin Cities coalition takes local labor movement by surprise

Just one day after local supporters of the Fight for $15 announced plans to strike for higher wages and union rights later this month, fast-food, retail and other low-wage workers in a new coalition stepped forward with an unexpected announcement of their own. "We're fine, actually," said Lucas … [Continue Reading ...]

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Bernie Hesse: Politicians, bad laws can’t stop workers from organizing

Our union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189, organized a new group of workers in Luck, Wis., the day Gov. Scott Walker signed a Right to Work for Less bill. The workers at Pioneer Care Center, a nursing home in Luck, voted overwhelmingly for a union. The worker win was the bright spot … [Continue Reading ...]

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