Minnesota native wins election as CWA’s secretary-treasurer

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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 […]

Results are in: Letter Carriers’ food drive nets over 70 million pounds nationwide

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  Letter carriers nationwide collected 70.6 million pounds of food along their routes May 9 during the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, according to results announced on the National Association of Letter Carriers union’s website yesterday. The total continues a streak of 12 consecutive years in which Stamp Out Hunger has collected at least 70 […]

CTUL activist Dominguez named Saint Paul Foundation’s Facing Race Ambassador

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The Saint Paul Foundation honored workers rights activist Lucila Dominguez with one of its Facing Race Ambassador Awards at a program today in St. Paul. The award honors leaders in the fight for racial equity and against racism, and promotes the need for productive community‐wide conversations about race. Dominguez is an organizer and activists with […]

East Side Freedom Library plans April film screenings, lectures

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Programming at the East Side Freedom Library this month includes film screenings, discussions and a presentation on social justice. All events at the nonprofit, independent library, located at 1105 Greenbrier St. in St. Paul, are free and open to the public. For more information go to the library’s website. • Filmmaker John DeGraaf will appear […]

Water’s Off volunteers provide plumbing repairs for low-income homeowners

Local 34 members Gerald Keating (L) and Brett Sergot volunteered together during the Water's Off day of service March 21.

“This is too good to be true,” Laurene Gruett said as Gerald Keating and Brett Sergot, members of St. Paul Plumbers Local 34, repaired the basement shower and kitchen sink in her North St. Paul home March 21. “What a blessing.” Keating and Sergot were among 57 volunteers from Local 34 who participated in the […]

With new calendar, St. Paul firefighters make ledershosen hot

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St. Paul Fire Fighters Local 21 and German Fest have teamed up on a new calendar that features firefighters posed in lederhosen with traditional German props. Calendar sales will support Operation Warm, a charity that provides coats to low-income kids in St. Paul Models include both men and women from Local 21, posing in front […]

Trades sponsor Women Building Minnesota info sessions

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Women considering a career in the construction industry can learn what it takes – and why it pays – to become a successful tradeswoman at two Women Building Minnesota information sessions next month. Sponsored by the St. Paul and Minneapolis Building Trades councils, Women Building Minnesota is a registered apprenticeship program that offers women an […]

Ready to work? Contractors at April 6 expo will be looking to hire

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For the second consecutive year, the Minnesota Construction Crew will host the Trades Hiring Expo, an opportunity for work-ready individuals looking to begin a career in the industry to meet with 25 contractors hiring for the 2015 construction season. Organizers particularly encourage veterans, women and people of color to attend. The expo will run from […]

Mahtomedi forum to weigh all sides of Sandpiper debate

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A forum in Mahtomedi next month will size up the proposed Sandpiper Pipeline, and all sides of the debate will be represented, including organized labor. River Valley Action will sponsor the forum, entitled “Mixing Oil and Water? Perspectives on the Sandpiper Oil Pipeline,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 13 at White Bear Unitarian Universalist […]

Carpenters plan hiring fair, open house April 8

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Interested in a career in the construction industry? The North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters will host a contractor hiring fair and open house April 8 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the union’s headquarters and training center in St. Paul. The free, public event will feature contractors looking to hire new construction workers, […]

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