Fight for $15’s next target: MSP Airport

Emboldened by minimum wage victories in St. Paul and Minneapolis, workers seeking a raise at MSP Airport used the busiest travel day of the year to inject new energy into their fight for $15 and union rights. The rally outside Terminal 1 last Wednesday brought together the people who make MSP work: … [Continue Reading ...]

Enthusiasm high among labor volunteers as Election Day nears

With the finish line in sight, national union leaders and labor-endorsed candidates fired up union volunteers Saturday in South St. Paul, urging them to keep working to turn out labor voters for the midterm election Nov. 6. “We’ve got 10 days until the day that will determine the direction of our … [Continue Reading ...]

Two years after Thanksgiving shock, Teamsters aren’t letting FLE off the hook

Nearly two years after Lakeville Motor Express abruptly closed shop, 90 members of Teamsters Local 120 are still fighting for the wages, vacation pay and other benefits the Roseville-based trucking company owes them. To show they aren’t giving up, former LME employees rallied Tuesday with fellow … [Continue Reading ...]

Concrete Christmas display brightens Cement Masons’ holiday party

When they arrive at their union’s holiday party tonight in New Brighton, active and retired members of Cement Masons Local 633 will find their training hall decked with festive Christmas concrete. It’s a seasonal tradition the local’s apprentices carried on this year, with help from apprentices … [Continue Reading ...]

Feature Story

Two years after Thanksgiving shock, Teamsters aren’t letting FLE off the hook

Nearly two years after Lakeville Motor Express abruptly closed shop, 90 members of Teamsters Local 120 are still fighting for the wages, vacation pay and other benefits the Roseville-based trucking company owes them. To show they aren’t giving up, former LME employees … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Concrete Christmas display brightens Cement Masons’ holiday party

When they arrive at their union’s holiday party tonight in New Brighton, active and retired members of Cement Masons Local 633 will find their training hall decked with festive Christmas concrete. It’s a seasonal tradition the local’s apprentices carried on this year, with help from apprentices … [Continue Reading ...]

To stop cycle of cuts, St. Paul educators back levy referendum

Just months after emerging from a fractious round of contract negotiations, St. Paul educators, board members and administrators are pulling in the same direction this fall, urging voters to approve an operating levy worth an additional $18.6 million in annual school funding for the district. The … [Continue Reading ...]

Machinists volunteers put skills to work for Twin Cities nonprofit

A Twin Cities nonprofit that works to strengthen local families got a little help from the Machinists’ union family over the weekend. Members of the International Association of Machinists spent Saturday making needed improvements and repairs at FamilyWise’s headquarters in Minneapolis. The … [Continue Reading ...]

Women in Construction plan two events this month

Two events this month will bring together women who work in construction or are considering a career in the Building Trades. The St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council will sponsor Women Wear Hardhats! – a networking event for women interested in learning more about the career … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Bobby Kasper: Working people can be the difference Nov. 6

The outcome of the Nov. 6 election has the potential to determine our future as union members for at least the next four years. In Minnesota, we know what’s at stake. We’ve seen the attacks on working people in states around us, and we know those attacks on our freedoms – fended off by Gov. Mark … [Continue Reading ...]

Workers trust Ellison to have their back as AG

Deb Howze fought hard to get a union. Now, the home care worker from Minneapolis is fighting to stop politicians like Doug Wardlow from taking it away. The state’s home care workers have successfully bargained for wage increases, paid time off, holiday pay and new training opportunities since … [Continue Reading ...]

Retiree Council president: ‘You can’t just ride off into the sunset’

Ken McInnis has been going to union meetings since he was 5 years old. He helped organize a union when he was 15. It’s no surprise, then, that his union activism has extended into retirement. A former diesel mechanic and longtime member of Machinists Local Lodge 737, McInnis became president of … [Continue Reading ...]

Bobby Kasper: Our movement is on the rise, but we can’t stop now

(Bobby Kasper is president of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, which represents more than 100 affiliate unions with over 50,000 members living or working in Ramsey, Washington, Dakota and Chisago counties.) Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer in Minnesota. But at the St. … [Continue Reading ...]