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 […]

Bobby Kasper: We can’t afford to let complacency set in

The Boston Red Sox were 62-28 on July 19, 1978. They were on pace to win a whopping 111 games. Their bitter rivals, the New York Yankees, lagged 14 games behind in the American League East standings, a deficit that seemed too big for any team to overcome. The Red Sox were considered heavy favorites […]

Staff at two St. Paul charter schools are back to school, union strong

More than 100 teachers and support staff at Community School of Excellence in St. Paul voted to form a union with Education Minnesota last June. Activists in the union drive included (L to R) Mee Yang, Casey Seeling, Bong Xiong and Billie Yang.

The state that introduced charter school legislation to the country has its first union of charter-school employees, as teachers from two St. Paul schools returned to the classroom this fall as members of Education Minnesota. About two dozen teachers at Twin Cities German Immersion School, a K-8th grade charter located at 1031 Como Ave., voted […]

Airport workers confront Delta CEO during Minneapolis luncheon

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Three workers interrupted Delta CEO Richard Anderson’s speech before a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday in Minneapolis. They questioned why Anderson’s salary increased to over $14 million last year, while workers who assist Delta passengers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport struggle to make ends meet. “Mr. Anderson, Delta is making record profits, yet wheelchair agents […]

AFSCME members restock Neighbors Inc. food shelf

Jen Guertin of AFSCME St. Paul Clerical Local 2508 loads food donations bound for Neighbors Inc. (AFSCME Council 5 photo)

AFSCME members helped restock a Dakota County food shelf during Council 5’s annual convention in Bloomington Sept. 11-13, raising $11,271 and collecting 539 pounds of groceries for Neighbors Inc. The food shelf assists more than 600 families each month in Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul. Food shelf director John Kemp […]

Dayton: Allegations of union payback ‘reckless, irresponsible and wrong’

Delegates cheer Gov. Mark Dayton's arrival on the floor of the AFSCME Council 5 convention.

BLOOMINGTON – Addressing 500-plus union activists dressed in T-shirts bearing his likeness, Gov. Mark Dayton took direct aim Saturday at accusations that his support for a new law extending collective bargaining rights to child care providers and home care workers amounts to “payback” for unions’ backing. Dayton called those allegations – a preferred talking point […]

Report: No earned sick time for 41 percent of Minnesota workers

Activists in St. Paul rallied in 2008 in support of expanding workers' access to paid sick time.

Four in 10 Minnesota workers face a choice between showing up for work sick and forfeiting a day’s pay. What’s more troubling, most of the 1.1 million Minnesotans who lack access to earned sick time off work in low-wage jobs. Those are among the findings of a report on earned sick time benefits, released today […]

Twin Cities fast-food workers strike for higher wages, union rights

Striking workers rally inside a McDonald's in Uptown Minneapolis.

Twenty-nine workers from 14 fast-food restaurants in the Twin Cities walked off the job today, joining a nationwide strike for higher pay and the right to organize a union without retaliation from their employers. Striking workers joined elected officials and supporters from the faith, labor and progressive community at demonstrations outside – and inside – […]

Twin Cities workers will join fast-food strikes nationwide

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The next wave of fast-food strikes will include Twin Cities workers. Organizers with CTUL, the low-wage workers’ center based in the Twin Cities, announced today that area fast-food workers will walk off the job Thursday, joining a nationwide campaign to raise wages and improve conditions for the industry’s frontline workers. CTUL has not announced which […]

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