Labor 2014 kicks off with campaign school, days of action

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Get the skills to make a difference this election year at the Labor 2014 Campaign School, a training opportunity for union activists, staff and potential volunteers. In the Metro Area, the training will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Minnesota Nurses Association, 345 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. Labor 2014 is […]

Home care workers ‘invisible no more’ after filing for historic union election

Nikki Villavicencio (L) and home care worker Sumer Spika lead a celebration outside the Bureau of Mediation Services after workers filed for a historic statewide election.

When home care workers in Minnesota launched their campaign to form a statewide union less than two years ago, they set out to raise wages, improve working conditions and bring legitimacy and respect to a career path seen as critical to meeting the needs of an aging population. They may not have set out to […]

An engine for economic growth, Green Line opens to big crowds

City, county, state and federal funding made the Green Line a reality, and elected officials from all four levels of government helped cut the ribbon at the Green Line's Opening Day celebration outside Union Depot. (UA photo by Mike Weerts)

Minnesotans celebrated the opening of Metro Transit’s Green Line with ribbon-cuttings, neighborhood-centric events and more than 107,000 free rides June 14-15. But there was more to celebrate than the long-anticipated arrival of a sleek, new transit option between the Twin Cities’ downtown areas. Jobs – and plenty of them – were also reason to celebrate. […]

New endorsements give shape to Minnesota AFL-CIO’s 2014 political push


The state’s largest labor federation, the Minnesota AFL-CIO, added to its list of endorsed candidates for state and federal offices yesterday, as Labor’s 2014 political push continued to take shape locally. Most notably, the Minnesota AFL-CIO backed 55 DFLers running for the Minnesota House of Representatives. The DFL Party will look to defend its 12-seat […]

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 […]

Union Depot rehab provided big return on public investment, study finds


It’s a multimodal transportation hub poised to serve the Twin Cities Metro. It’s an architectural jewel in St. Paul’s booming Lowertown district. And according to the results of a study released today, the renovated Union Depot has been – and continues to be – an engine for job creation and economic growth. The Union Depot rehabilitation […]

Franken earns HealthWORKS Hero Award for advocacy on behalf of Taft-Hartley funds

HealthWORKS Chair Jim Hynes (L) gives Sen. Al Franken a tour of the Health Fair after presenting the senator with the HealthWORKS Hero Award. (photo submitted)

HealthWORKS, a new coalition of Taft-Hartley health and welfare funds, presented U.S. Sen. Al Franken with an award at the annual “Health and Benefit Fair” held April 26 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The HealthWORKS Hero Award recognizes Franken’s advocacy on behalf of Taft-Hartley plans, industry-based health insurance funds that cover workers at multiple employers […]

Unions: Dayton, DFL legislators delivered for working families


Progress is what Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton promised he’d deliver if given pro-worker majorities in the Legislature. Progress on job creation, better schools, economic justice and budget stability is what Dayton and House DFLers will point to when they campaign for re-election this fall. In the 2014 session, Dayton and legislators picked up where they […]

For Building Trades, state’s infrastructure investments mean ‘millions of work hours’


Utilizing the first state budget surplus in seven years, state legislators pushed the value of a package of public infrastructure investments passed during the 2014 Legislative Session to over $1 billion. Gov. Mark Dayton signed off on the construction bill May 20, green-lighting projects across the state that will create “millions of work hours” for […]

Transit workers enlist riders in fight for better public transportation

Metro Transit GM Brian Lamb speaks during the "Transit Tuesday" rally, which took place next to the Government Plaza light-rail stop.

It’s Transit Action Month nationwide, and Metro Transit workers and riders took action today downtown Minneapolis, calling for “more, better and safer public transit” during a lunchtime rally outside the Hennepin County Government Center. Coordinated by Local 1005 of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), the “Transit Tuesday” event drummed up support for a bipartisan bill […]


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