Applications for Minnesota Union Leadership Program accepted through May 23

The University of Minnesota Labor Education Service is accepting applications for the 2014-15 Minnesota Union Leadership Program, which will begin in September. The deadline to apply is May 23. Through six in-depth sessions scheduled over nine months, participants in the program will study the labor movement and discuss how to address the challenges facing unions […]

‘Untold Stories’ series to celebrate labor history with free public events


Untold Stories, the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library’s annual labor-history series, will focus this year on the struggles facing workers in the past and how they influence the issues of today. The free, public programs begin April 22 and wrap up May 14. A full programming guide is available on the Friends’ website. […]

Union retirees plan annual fundraiser

Gopher Retiree Sept-Oct

The Minnesota State Retiree Council, AFL-CIO, will hold its Eleventh Annual Fund Raiser from 2 to 6 p.m. May 3 at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 10 Hall, 1681 Cope Ave., in Maplewood. Admission is free, and there will be free food, free parking and music. This is not an occasion for retirees only. Rather, […]

Woodbury forum to consider East Metro’s transportation challenges


“Pains, Trains & Automobiles,” a forum and panel discussion in Woodbury March 18, will consider what can be done to improve Minnesota’s transportation system, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of Washington County and the East Metro. The forum will run from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Genesis Room at Woodbury Lutheran Church, […]

Video workshops available for union activists

Workshops scheduled March 22 and 29 will offer hands-on training in how to shoot and edit short videos with easy-to-use cameras and editing software. The workshops, led by Labor Education Service videographer John See, are open to active and retired union members with an interest in creating short (2-3 minute) videos for YouTube, Facebook, Workday […]

IBEW’s Holiday Lights raised record amount for local charities in 2013

Holiday Lights in the Park is a dynamic light display in Phalen Park.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and King of Kings Lutheran Church of Woodbury today announced record fundraising totals from the organizations’ Holiday Lights in the Park display in 2013. Proceeds from the nightly holiday-light display in St. Paul’s Phalen Park, as well as a related holiday concert and CD sales, totaled $86,000 last year, […]

Stopping the Presses: Pioneer Press to close printing plant, lay off 170 workers

The Pioneer Press closing affects about 170 workers, including press operators (L to R) Bill Henry, Gary Weakley and Dan Grant. Henry has worked at the plant for 44 years, Weakley for 42 and Grant for 15.

Darrin Seiberlich followed in his father’s footsteps when he took a job in the St. Paul Pioneer Press printing plant nearly 30 years ago. Seiberlich’s co-worker Jim Anderson traces his roots at the newspaper one generation further, to his grandfather. Those legacies and others will reach the end of the line Feb. 16, when the […]

Ellison to give keynote at Nellie Stone Johnson scholarship fundraiser

Nellie Stone Johnson had a distinguished record of public service in support of the advancement of minority concerns, the rights of workers and equal opportunities for all people.

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will give the keynote address at the 2014 Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship Dinner and Silent Auction at the Prom Center in Oakdale March 27. The Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship Fund, named after a lifelong crusader for social justice, labor rights and higher education in Minnesota, awards scholarships to students of color […]

Union coat drive warms up homeless students in St. Paul Schools

Staff at Project REACH, the St. Paul Public Schools’ homelessness initiative, accept coats and hats donated by union members. The staff members include (L to R) Anne McInerney, Wijit Xiong, Karla Stewart (holding a “Thank You!” sign), Andrea Lindorfer and Cindy McGowan.

St. Paul union members gave homeless students in the St. Paul Public Schools the gift of warmth last month, donating 120 winter coats and dozens of stocking caps to Project REACH, the district’s outreach effort to homeless youth. The gift was made possible by contributions to the St. Paul Labor Studies and Resource Center’s annual […]

UPDATED: AFL-CIO president’s lecture at U of M canceled

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (right) will speak in Minneapolis Feb. 20.

UPDATED 02/20/14 – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s lecture scheduled for tonight at the University of Minnesota has been canceled as a result of the weather. “President Trumka’s flight into Minneapolis has been canceled due to the bad weather systems across the country,” said Kent Love-Ramirez, director of communications for the U’s Humphrey School of Public […]


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