Local 512's two-story training frame was too tall for apprentices to use safely in the local's previous facility, training director Larry Gilbertson said.

Looking to ‘step up our game,’ Ironworkers open new training center in St. Paul

  Calling it an investment critical to the union’s survival, Ironworkers Local 512 Business Manager Charlie Roberts cut the ribbon on a new $3.1 million apprenticeship training center in St. Paul yesterday. A large crowd of journey-level, apprentice and retired Ironworkers attended the … [Continue Reading ...]

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AFSCME, MAPE members ratify contracts with state

State employees voted to ratify new two-year contracts in balloting earlier this month, unions representing the workers have announced. Members of both the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE) … [Continue Reading ...]

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Ellison joins home care worker on the job, reaffirms support of Fight for $15

Clara Nakumbe is fighting for $15 an hour, but the Minneapolis resident doesn’t work in a fast-food restaurant or behind the scenes at the airport. She works in her own home, providing round-the-clock care for her son Siran, who lives with a severe form of multiple sclerosis. It’s work that earns … [Continue Reading ...]

Merritt Benton, a member of IATSE Local 13, runs cords along the Labor Pavilion’s stage. Local 13 donated, installed and will run the pavilion's sound and stage.

Minnesota AFL-CIO unveils Labor Pavilion programming for 2015 State Fair

  Make sure your visit to the Minnesota State Fair this year includes a stop at the Minnesota AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion, where programming includes live music and entertainment, interactive demonstrations and opportunities to learn about what unions do. The State Fair runs Aug. 27 through … [Continue Reading ...]

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Ellison joins home care worker on the job, reaffirms support of Fight for $15

Clara Nakumbe is fighting for $15 an hour, but the Minneapolis resident doesn’t work in a fast-food restaurant or behind the scenes at the airport. She works in her own home, providing round-the-clock care for her son Siran, who lives with a severe form of multiple … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Merritt Benton, a member of IATSE Local 13, runs cords along the Labor Pavilion’s stage. Local 13 donated, installed and will run the pavilion's sound and stage.

Minnesota AFL-CIO unveils Labor Pavilion programming for 2015 State Fair

  Make sure your visit to the Minnesota State Fair this year includes a stop at the Minnesota AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion, where programming includes live music and entertainment, interactive demonstrations and opportunities to learn about what unions do. The State Fair runs Aug. 27 through … [Continue Reading ...]

One of 12 panels from the St. Paul labor history on display in the library.

Freedom Library plans arts festival for Labor Day weekend

The East Side Freedom Library, a new non-profit cultural institution on St. Paul’s East Side, will celebrate Labor Day weekend with a “celebration of the arts in labor” Saturday, Sept. 5, the library announced this week. Highlights of the program include live music, a puppet show, storytelling, … [Continue Reading ...]

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A ‘labor hall for the community,’ East Side Freedom Library off to promising start

Since the 99-year-old Carnegie library at Greenbrier and Jessamine reopened as the East Side Freedom Library last year, it’s hosted concerts and film screenings, lectures and panel discussions, an economics workshop and a Juneteenth celebration. The independent, nonprofit library is becoming the … [Continue Reading ...]

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Carpenters to host charity car show in St. Paul

Antique-car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the 4th Annual NCSRCC Car Show, hosted in St. Paul by local Carpenters unions Saturday, Aug. 8. The show will benefit the union’s food shelf. Admission is two non-perishable food items or a freewill cash donation. Car owners will compete for 20 … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Megan Boldt and Darren Tobolt address union leaders in Duluth. (Labor World photo)

Labor-endorsed Tobolt seeks council seat without help from shadowy ‘reform’ groups

[This report by Larry Sillanpa is adapted from his column, "A View from the Ditch," in the July 22 edition of the Labor World, a Duluth-based publication Sillanpa edits.] DULUTH – It seemed like a stretch – a St. Paul City Council candidate was coming to Duluth to talk about how corporate … [Continue Reading ...]

Incoming and outgoing officers of the St. Paul Building Trades: (L to R) Tom McCarthy, Stan Theis, Harry Melander and Don Mullin.

Melander steps down as St. Paul Building Trades’ top officer

  Harry Melander has stepped down after 10 years as the executive secretary of the St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council, which swore Don Mullin into office as Melander’s successor in the full-time position at a delegate meeting tonight. Delegates voted unanimously to elect … [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 ...]

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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 ...]

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