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

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.

  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 Labor Day, Sept. 7. The Labor Pavilion, located at Dan […]

Freedom Library plans arts festival for Labor Day weekend

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

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, an artist-guided tour of the St. Paul Labor […]

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 center of grassroots community activity, history and storytelling that East Siders Peter Rachleff […]

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 trophies, including Best in Show, and the […]

City of St. Paul employees volunteer to help build Habitat house in Frogtown

Erica Brown (L), Jim Giebel and Dolly Lee haul lumber on the site.

City of St. Paul employees serve the public every day at work. But this summer, some are using their vacation time to give back to the community as well. In a coordinated effort among the city’s agencies and departments, city staffers are adopting six daylong volunteer shifts on a Habitat for Humanity construction site in […]

Marker honoring fallen Minneapolis Teamsters to be dedicated July 18

Linda Leighton, a descendent of one of the leaders of the 1934 Teamsters strike, is enlisted support for a historic monument in Minneapolis at the Minnesota State Fair last year.

After a lengthy fundraising campaign, the Remember 1934 Committee will unveil a permanent plaque July 18 in the Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis commemorating the historic Teamsters strikes that echoed across the U.S. – and made Minneapolis a union town. The committee will host an unveiling and celebration at 11 a.m. July 18 at the […]

Leading scholars to discuss past, present and future of labor movement


The East Side Freedom Library will host a conversation on labor history July 18 with two of the nation’s leading activist scholars in the field. The event is free and open to all. University of California at Santa Barbara professors Eileen Boris and Nelson Lichtenstein will lead the informal conversation. Boris and Lichtenstein “have produced […]

Nurses plan BBQ Bash for Medicare


Wish Medicare a happy 50th birthday at a free barbecue and celebration hosted by the Minnesota Nurses Association from 5 to 9 p.m. July 30 at the Highland Park Shelter, 1200 Montreal Ave., St. Paul. Nurses are marking Medicare’s birthday with calls for lawmakers to protect, improve and expand the popular program, which provides high-quality […]

‘Labor Sing’ concert at State Fairgrounds July 28


The Twin Cities Labor Chorus will host its annual summer concert and sing-along, “Labor Sing,” at the State Fairgrounds July 28. Local folk musician Emmett Doyle and other special guests will join the performance. The 7 p.m. concert will take place inside the Minnesota AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion, located at the corner of Dan Patch Ave. […]

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 NewsGuild-CWA, a sector representing journalists, language interpreters and others. A journalist […]


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