East Side Freedom Library announces film series, major grant funding

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Saint Paul’s East Side Freedom Library has received a $25,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to support a founding, large-scale arts project in the Phalen neighborhood’s Beaux Arts Carnegie Library. The grant, library co-directors Peter Rachleff and Beth Cleary said, will contribute to the re-purposing of the library building as […]

Richard Trumka: The choice we face Nov. 4

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke at Labor Day Extravaganza 2003 in St. Paul.

Almost no one in America is satisfied with the imbalance of our economy. We’re working harder and harder for less and less. This isn’t a partisan opinion. All across this country, in poll after poll after poll, we hear self-described Democrats, independents and Republicans say, “We want an economy that works for everyone, not just […]

Union Advocate newspaper, website win awards

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The St. Paul Union Advocate, official publication of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, won two honors for General Excellence and one for Best Analysis in the International Labor Communications Association’s 2014 awards contest. ILCA awards recognize the best in labor communications and promote high standards in labor journalism. Judges recognized The Advocate in […]

Shop Ridgedale Center at your own risk, Building Trades warn

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The Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council will launch a mobile ad campaign tomorrow warning Ridgedale Center shoppers of serious safety hazards at the Minnetonka mall. The coalition of 28 unions opted to ramp up the campaign after Ridgedale tenants and the mall’s Chicago-based ownership group, General Growth Properties (GGP), largely ignored complaints of serious […]

Volunteer pipefitters tune up furnaces for homeowners in need

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Volunteer members of St. Paul Pipefitters Local 455 serviced furnaces for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners as part of the 29th annual HEAT’S ON day of service Sept. 27. Area union contractors, members of the Minnesota Mechanical Contractors Association, supplied parts and vehicles to the effort, and 147 volunteers from Local 455 and other pipefitters […]

IBEW Local 110 members help expand Disabled Veterans Rest Camp

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MARINE ON ST. CROIX – The Disabled Veterans Rest Camp in Washington County is expanding the number of campsites available to military veterans and their families, an effort that received a big boost last weekend from St. Paul-based Local 110 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Fifty-seven journeymen and apprentices from Local 110 volunteered […]

Workers call out Johnson for opposing minimum-wage increases

Darcy Landau, a wheelchair agent at MSP International Airport, questioned Jeff Johnson's opposition to minimum wage increases as Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson looked on.

How do minimum-wage workers feel about Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson’s opposition to wage increases scheduled for 2015 and 2016, and cost-of-living increases scheduled to begin in 2018? Ask Darcy Landau, one of tens of thousands of workers statewide who saw their wages climb to $8 per hour Aug. 1. “Does Mr. Johnson realize the […]

TakeAction employees unionize, join Newspaper & Communications Guild

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Employees at TakeAction Minnesota, the progressive-advocacy group based in St. Paul, came together to form a union last week, joining the Minnesota Newspaper & Communications Guild, TNG-CWA Local 37002. TakeAction employees conducted their organizing campaign under the terms of a “card check” neutrality agreement with their employer. More than two dozen employees signed cards requesting […]

Freedom Library presents ‘Making St. Paul Work for Working People’

William Mahoney, former editor of The Union Advocate and mayor of St. Paul, will be among the subjects of the panel discussion.

The history of St. Paul, its neighborhoods and its workers are intertwined. The struggles waged by organized labor helped knit a strong social fabric and vibrant local economy. Local historians next month will host “Making St. Paul Work for Working People,” a discussion of four exemplary St. Paul labor leaders, the movements they helped build […]

Electrical Workers crash Bonfe’s open house

IBEW Local 110 members (L to R) Jaime Hubbard, Dan Crawmer and Ray Lee called out Bonfe's for not paying area-standard wages and benefits to its electricians.

Bonfe’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Service held an open house for prospective employees last night in St. Paul, but not everyone on the guest list appreciated the invite. About two dozen members of St. Paul-based Local 110 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers surrounded Bonfe’s property during the open house. They carried signs and […]

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