Veterans and their families who work at McGough join Gov. Mark Dayton during the Yellow Ribbon Company proclamation ceremony.

Union contractor McGough recognized for outreach to military families

Minnesota’s construction industry has its first Yellow Ribbon Company, and it’s a union contractor headquartered in St. Paul. In a ceremony yesterday at McGough’s warehouse in White Bear Lake, Gov. Mark Dayton delivered a proclamation making the general contracting firm part of a select group of … [Continue Reading ...]

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Fairview Lakes nurses make progress on staffing with contract

WYOMING, Minn. – After leading a campaign to raise awareness of potential threats to safe patient care at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, nurses at the Chisago County facility voted yesterday to ratify a new contract that makes progress for both nurses and patients. Nurses at Fairview Lakes are … [Continue Reading ...]

Rev. Dr. William Barber II speaks to a crowd of more than 150 people in Peavey Plaza before the Minneapolis teachers' March for Equity.

‘Moral Mondays’ leader joins March for Equity in Minneapolis

A leading progressive voice from the South delivered a spirited, Saturday-morning sermon downtown Minneapolis Aug. 16, making a scripture-based appeal for social justice and leading a “March for Equity” along Nicollet Mall.“We have a tale of two cities, whether it’s up north or down south,” Rev. Dr. … [Continue Reading ...]

UA General President William Hite (R) traveled to St. Paul with his Mayo Clinic doctor, Keith Stewart.

Pipe Trades, Mayo Clinic team up for cancer research

The United Association, a union of more than 370,000 plumbers, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters and service technicians worldwide, teamed up with the Mayo Clinic yesterday to raise an estimated $1 million for cancer research.The total marks continued growth for the Pipe Trades’ golf tournament, held … [Continue Reading ...]

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Rev. Dr. William Barber II speaks to a crowd of more than 150 people in Peavey Plaza before the Minneapolis teachers' March for Equity.

‘Moral Mondays’ leader joins March for Equity in Minneapolis

A leading progressive voice from the South delivered a spirited, Saturday-morning sermon downtown Minneapolis Aug. 16, making a scripture-based appeal for social justice and leading a “March for Equity” along Nicollet Mall.“We have a tale of two cities, whether it’s up north … [Continue Reading ...]

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UA General President William Hite (R) traveled to St. Paul with his Mayo Clinic doctor, Keith Stewart.

Pipe Trades, Mayo Clinic team up for cancer research

The United Association, a union of more than 370,000 plumbers, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters and service technicians worldwide, teamed up with the Mayo Clinic yesterday to raise an estimated $1 million for cancer research.The total marks continued growth for the Pipe Trades’ golf tournament, held … [Continue Reading ...]

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Fundraiser for displaced food workers Sept. 8

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189 will hold a fundraiser to benefit members who lost their jobs when two large employers, Dakota Premium and Rainbow Foods, closed earlier this summer.The Fundraiser for Food Workers will run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Local 1189’s union hall, … [Continue Reading ...]

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Dunn retires after nearly three decades of leadership at Teamsters Service Bureau

Over the last 28 years, the Minnesota Teamsters Service Bureau has progressed from an idea on paper to a fully realized human-services agency that serves both Teamsters families and non-Teamster dislocated workers statewide. The woman who served as executive director of the Service Bureau for all … [Continue Reading ...]

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East Side stories will find new home at Freedom Library

A new, independent library is seeking to celebrate and preserve the heritage of St. Paul’s East Side – its working-class roots, its rich diversity and its fighting spirit. But first, organizers must preserve and restore a 98-year-old architectural landmark, from the roof to the ground floor. The … [Continue Reading ...]

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St. Paul home care worker Maggie Doran: Why I’m voting ‘yes’

On July 8, home care workers from across the state came together to file a union petition that triggered what will be the largest union election in the history of our state. Ballots will go out to more than 26,000 home care workers on August 1, and we will have our election results before Labor … [Continue Reading ...]

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Jennifer Munt: Let’s move Minnesota in 2015

Minnesota has an urgent transportation problem that’s making it difficult for Minnesotans to get to their next destination, whether that’s work, school, play or family. Transportation is about opportunity for all no matter who you are or where you live. Workers need safer roads and better public … [Continue Reading ...]

AFSCME Council 5 President Judy Wahlberg

Judy Wahlberg: The sexist agenda hidden in Harris v. Quinn

Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on Harris v. Quinn, the most important labor law case in decades. The lawsuit is another attempt to kill off public employee unions. It centers on a small group of Illinois home care workers who sued to avoid paying fees to the very union that would … [Continue Reading ...]

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Bobby Kasper: Super Bowl will showcase union workers

It doesn’t take most people very long to realize I’m not a native Minnesotan. My New York accent is usually a dead giveaway. But after living here for 20-plus years, Minnesota is the place I’m proud to call home. That’s why I was thrilled to learn the Twin Cities will play host to Super Bowl LII in … [Continue Reading ...]

This Month in the Archives

The Union Advocate ran this cartoon in May 1964, celebrating an agreement brokered by President Lyndon Johnson to end a four-and-a-half-year dispute between railroad companies and their unions. In an address to the nation, Johnson praised both sides, and called the agreement a victory for collective bargaining. “I tell you quite frankly there are few events that give me more faith in my country and more pride in the free, collective bargaining process,” he said.

Unions backed comprehensive immigration reform bill 10 years ago … and still do

Democrats in Congress introduced legislation to provide a pathway to “legal residency” for an estimated 9 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. a decade ago. The measure drew support from unions, religious groups and immigrant organizations. Ten years later, of course, the fight for … [Continue Reading ...]

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