Building a movement to combat student debt, CWA offers free, public clinics in Minneapolis

Participants in the CWA student debt clinics learn how they can advocate for fairness in student lending.

Naomi Holmes will run out of deferments on $57,000 in student debt this winter. Howard Terry took out a $30,000 loan to finish his graduate degree at the University of Phoenix. Tom Laabs’ wife, Liz, will graduate next year from the University of Minnesota with six figures’ worth of debt. “When that school loan comes […]

As reports of understaffing soar, Minnesota plummets in hospital safety rankings


Minnesota plummeted in a nationwide ranking of hospital safety released yesterday, but that came as no surprise to nurses, whose reports of unsafe staffing incidents in hospitals statewide have doubled over the last 12 months. Minnesota fell from 15th to 32nd in the Hospital Safety Score rankings, based on the percentage of hospitals that receive […]

Minnesotan named North America’s top tile apprentice

Brandon Peterson competes in the BAC IMI International Apprentice Contest's tiling category. Photo courtesy © BAC/Todd Buchanan 2015

The trophy on display in Local 1’s New Hope training center may be small, but the accomplishment behind it – Brandon Peterson’s first-place finish in the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers’ International Apprentice Contest – is as grand as they come. Peterson, a 33-year-old apprentice tile setter from Ham Lake, advanced from local and regional tiling competitions […]

With new facility, St. Paul Pipefitters double down on commitment to training

Pipe Trades officials on hand for Local 455’s open house include (L to R) Local 455 Business Representative Tony Poole, United Association International Representative Terry Urbanek, International Representative Greg Sayles, Local 455 Training Coordinator Bill Lombard, Local 455 Assistant Business Manager Tom Vail, Local 455 Business Manager Rick Magler and David Ybarra, president of the Minnesota State Pipe Trades.

  A tenant for 111 years, St. Paul Pipefitters Local 455 finally has a home of its own. The union held an open house at its new facility at 1301 L’Orient Street in St. Paul yesterday, celebrating with apprentices, members, retirees, public officials and union leaders. Local 455 acquired the property – a former fabricating […]

Union Advocate recognized for excellence in labor communications


The Union Advocate, official publication of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, received five awards in the International Labor Communications Association’s 2015 awards contest. Competing among print and online publications produced by statewide and other labor organizations in the U.S. and Canada, The Advocate won the following awards: First Place, Visual Communication Awards: Best Informational […]

Photos: IBEW volunteers keep lights on at veterans memorial


Union electricians are making sure a spotlight continues to shine on the All American Veterans Memorial in Shieldsville. Active and retired IBEW Local 110 members volunteered their time and skills this morning in Shieldsville, about an hour south of the Twin Cities. The crew installed new light posts, donated by union contractor Muska Electric, and […]

Turning t-shirts into totes on United Way Day at the Labor Pavilion

Judy and Gary Lothenbach pitch in during United Way Day at the Labor Pavilion.

Volunteer fairgoers helped repurpose about 85 t-shirts into reusable tote bags for a Minneapolis food shelf yesterday during United Way Day at the Minnesota AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion. “Most food shelves have a lack of bags to send food out,” Greater Twin Cities United Way volunteer coordinator Mary Smith said. “They never seem to have enough […]

Looking to ‘step up our game,’ Ironworkers open new training center in St. Paul

Local 512's two-story training frame was too tall for apprentices to use safely in the local's previous facility, training director Larry Gilbertson said.

  Calling it an investment critical to the union’s survival, Ironworkers Local 512 Business Manager Charlie Roberts cut the ribbon on a new $3.1 million apprenticeship training center in St. Paul yesterday. A large crowd of journey-level, apprentice and retired Ironworkers attended the ceremony, which marked the completion of Local 512’s 18,000-square-foot facility on Pierce […]

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 […]


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