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

Jean Dunn

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 28 of those years, Jean Dunn, retired June 27, […]

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 East Side Freedom Library is the new name […]

Letter carrier walks the (300-mile) walk to fight hunger


On Aug. 2 Gary Fitch, a retired letter carrier from St. Paul, will begin a long walk that he hopes will be a big step toward ending hunger in Minnesota. Fitch, 62, will walk from International Falls to the State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights, arriving on Labor Day. The 300-mile journey, dubbed the Minnesota Miracle, […]

Carpenters Union plans vintage car show Aug. 9 in St. Paul


Attention muscle-car enthusiasts and family-fun seekers: Mark Saturday, Aug. 9 on your calendars. That’s when local Carpenters unions, for the third consecutive year, will host a vintage car show to benefit their food shelf. Hot-rod owners will compete for 10 best-in-show trophies, and the first 50 vintage cars to arrive at the event will receive […]

‘Labor Sing’ to benefit AFL-CIO Community Services


The Twin Cities Labor Chorus will host its annual summer concert and sing-along, “Labor Sing,” at the State Fairgrounds July 29. The 7 p.m. concert will take place inside the Minnesota AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion, located at the corner of Dan Patch Ave. and Cooper St, near the Snelling Avenue entrance to the fairgrounds. Admission is […]

With support from bonding bill, MN Workers Memorial Garden nears completion

Judy Grudem served as treasurer for fundraising around the Workers Memorial Garden. She and Harry Melander (R) will serve on a committee to guide artists who will complete the memorial wall with a ceramic mural. Grudem's father, David Roe, conceived the idea for a memorial 15 years ago.

The $1 billion package of public infrastructure investments approved by state lawmakers earlier this year includes $250,000 for a mural and other improvements that will complete the Minnesota Workers Memorial Garden in St. Paul. Construction of the memorial, located near the intersection of 12th and Cedar in the southeast corner of the Capitol grounds, wrapped […]

AFSCME members lend Ramsey County golf courses a steady hand amid changes


It’s Mark Newton and Eric Swanson’s job to maintain the grounds at historic Keller Golf Course in Maplewood, but the members of AFSCME Local 1935 haven’t moved a pin or filled a divot in over a year. Newton and Swanson will shake off the rust July 19, when Keller reopens for public golf after closing […]

When it comes to home improvement, skip the hassle, hire union


In over your head on a home-improvement job? Whether it’s a leaky pipe or a kitchen remodel, your best bet for quality and value is a union contractor. Fortunately, Building Trades unions and their signatory contractors are making it easier than ever to get a bid or a price quote on residential work. [For a […]

O’Mara receives St. Paul labor federation’s Humanitarian Award

St. Paul RLF President Bobby Kasper presents Biz O’Mara with the 2013 Humanitarian Award for her career as liaison between labor and United Way.

The St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, awarded its 2013 Humanitarian Award to longtime United Way staff member Elizabeth “Biz” O’Mara. President Bobby Kasper presented O’Mara with the award at the RLF’s May delegate meeting. O’Mara, who retired from Greater Twin Cities United Way over the winter, embodied the connection between area unions and the […]

Twin Cities Letter Carriers deliver over 1 million pounds in annual food drive

Vicki Beebe, a Community Services liaison for the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, assisted Letter Carrier Jon Denardo to unload his truck outside the Neighbors Inc. food shelf in South St. Paul.

Union Letter Carriers delivered for food shelves and families in need across the Twin Cities Metro Area May 10, collecting over 1 million pounds of food donated by people along their mail routes. The National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the nation’s largest one-day food drive, which celebrated its […]


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