Shop Ridgedale Center at your own risk, Building Trades warn

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The Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council will launch a mobile ad campaign tomorrow warning Ridgedale Center shoppers of serious safety hazards at the Minnetonka mall. The coalition of 28 unions opted to ramp up the campaign after Ridgedale tenants and the mall’s Chicago-based ownership group, General Growth Properties (GGP), largely ignored complaints of serious […]

Electrical Workers crash Bonfe’s open house

IBEW Local 110 members (L to R) Jaime Hubbard, Dan Crawmer and Ray Lee called out Bonfe's for not paying area-standard wages and benefits to its electricians.

Bonfe’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Service held an open house for prospective employees last night in St. Paul, but not everyone on the guest list appreciated the invite. About two dozen members of St. Paul-based Local 110 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers surrounded Bonfe’s property during the open house. They carried signs and […]

Airport workers confront Delta CEO during Minneapolis luncheon

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Three workers interrupted Delta CEO Richard Anderson’s speech before a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday in Minneapolis. They questioned why Anderson’s salary increased to over $14 million last year, while workers who assist Delta passengers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport struggle to make ends meet. “Mr. Anderson, Delta is making record profits, yet wheelchair agents […]

Dayton: Allegations of union payback ‘reckless, irresponsible and wrong’

Delegates cheer Gov. Mark Dayton's arrival on the floor of the AFSCME Council 5 convention.

BLOOMINGTON – Addressing 500-plus union activists dressed in T-shirts bearing his likeness, Gov. Mark Dayton took direct aim Saturday at accusations that his support for a new law extending collective bargaining rights to child care providers and home care workers amounts to “payback” for unions’ backing. Dayton called those allegations – a preferred talking point […]

Twin Cities fast-food workers strike for higher wages, union rights

Striking workers rally inside a McDonald's in Uptown Minneapolis.

Twenty-nine workers from 14 fast-food restaurants in the Twin Cities walked off the job today, joining a nationwide strike for higher pay and the right to organize a union without retaliation from their employers. Striking workers joined elected officials and supporters from the faith, labor and progressive community at demonstrations outside – and inside – […]

In Minneapolis, hundreds rally against Social Security’s closed-door policy

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (R) leads a rally outside the Social Security office in Minneapolis, which has reduced its service hours.

Doors to the Social Security Administration’s field office in Minneapolis were locked at 3 p.m. yesterday, and they could stay locked permanently – in Minneapolis and at field offices across the country – if the federal agency gets its way. That’s the warning sounded by federal workers rallying on the street outside the Chicago Avenue office […]

East Side Freedom Library program to consider Labor Day’s origins

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The East Side Freedom Library will host “The History of Labor Day,” a free, public event to explore how Labor Day became a holiday, from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 28. The event will feature readings from historic labor speeches, music and solidarity. The East Side Freedom Library is a new, independent library focused on […]

‘Moral Mondays’ leader joins March for Equity in Minneapolis

Rev. Dr. William Barber II speaks to a crowd of more than 150 people in Peavey Plaza before the Minneapolis teachers' March for Equity.

A leading progressive voice from the South delivered a spirited, Saturday-morning sermon downtown Minneapolis Aug. 16, making a scripture-based appeal for social justice and leading a “March for Equity” along Nicollet Mall. “We have a tale of two cities, whether it’s up north or down south,” Rev. Dr. William Barber II told a crowd of […]

Trades showcase apprenticeship programs at Construct Tomorrow career fair

James, an Edina resident who attended the Construct Tomorrow event with Big Brothers Big Sisters, solders his first pipe at the Pipefitters Local 455 booth.

Maria Meza watched intently as Robbie Luukkonen, a journeyman member of Bricklayers Local 1, installed ceramic tile onto a makeshift practice wall. When Luukkonen had finished the demonstration, Meza picked up the tools and tried tiling for herself. This is the way Meza, who graduated from St. Paul Johnson High School in the spring, learns […]

Unions raise safety concerns at Ridgedale mall construction site

Members of several Building Trades unions picketed outside Ridgedale in July.

MINNETONKA – Laborers, bricklayers, painters, electricians and other union craftspeople picketed together outside Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka this morning, targeting several contractors working inside the mall that are undermining area wage and safety standards, according to the unions. Ridgedale’s Chicago-based ownership group, General Growth Properties (GGP), is spending $100 million to upgrade the mall, which […]

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