Leadership changes, but Trades’ focus remains on building careers, communities

A new president gaveled the 75th convention of the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council to order at Madden’s on Gull Lake today, as delegates unanimously affirmed their Executive Board in electing Laborers Local 563 Business Manager Joe Fowler to lead the statewide organization. … [Continue Reading ...]

Minnesota organizing drive puts the ‘union’ back in ACLU

Minnesota employees are part of a wave of organizing activity across the U.S. that is putting the “union” back in the American Civil Liberties Union. After a speedy organizing drive that took just two months, eligible staff at the ACLU of Minnesota won voluntary recognition from the 70-year-old … [Continue Reading ...]

Home care workers, clients push Congress to act on ‘jobs, care, justice’

With a march, rally and celebration near the Capitol in St. Paul today, Minnesotans of all ages joined activists nationwide in lifting up the call for a $400 billion federal investment in essential home care jobs. “The future of work is service and care jobs,” said LaTanya Hughes, a home care … [Continue Reading ...]

Medical cannabis workers ‘insulted’ by MN grower’s contract offer

When Vireo Health needed help lobbying state lawmakers to expand Minnesota’s medical cannabis program, employees and their union stepped up, helping push the measure across the finish line in May. Unfortunately, that spirit of cooperation has not extended to the bargaining table this … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Medical cannabis workers ‘insulted’ by MN grower’s contract offer

When Vireo Health needed help lobbying state lawmakers to expand Minnesota’s medical cannabis program, employees and their union stepped up, helping push the measure across the finish line in May. Unfortunately, that spirit of cooperation has not extended to the bargaining table this … [Continue Reading ...]

Outnumbered on the job site, tradeswomen find camaraderie, support via new ‘Lean In Circles’

Building Trades unions in the U.S. and Canada have launched a peer mentorship and training program to help tradeswomen thrive in an industry historically dominated by men. Lean In Circles for Union Tradeswomen, a partnership between unions and LeanIn.Org, brings tradeswomen together in small … [Continue Reading ...]

Northwest Airlines museum gets parting gift from union retirees

Local airline retirees placed their social club into retirement last month, but not before donating the organization’s remaining funds to a museum preserving of the history of Minneapolis-St. Paul’s longtime union carrier, Northwest Airlines. Founded in 1976, the Machinists Airline Local 1833 … [Continue Reading ...]

Walz joins Building Trades unions in remembering fallen workers

In a ceremony today on the State Capitol grounds, Gov. Tim Walz and Labor Commissioner Roslyn Robertson joined members of Twin Cities Building Trades unions in paying tribute to workers who died in the past two years due to work-related injuries or … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Roofers local’s new secretary-treasurer breaks ground as first woman elected to office

July has been a winning month for Samantha Schanus. The journey-level roofer from Mora was among four Tradeswomen Heroes award winners named this month by North America’s Building Trades Unions. The monthly award highlights outstanding achievement within the ranks of the Building Trades’ … [Continue Reading ...]

Essential workers tell lawmakers: Minnesotans support emergency leave

Thousands of essential workers in Minnesota have lost hours or exhausted their paid time off after being exposed to the coronavirus over the past 15 months, while a measure that would make them whole remains caught up in Capitol gridlock. That needs to change, according to more than 5,000 nurses, … [Continue Reading ...]

St. Paul unions stepped up to help feed families in our community – and beyond

By Erica Dalager Reed, AFL-CIO Community Services liaison I was first blessed to work with the USDA’s Farmers to Families food box program as the executive director of a congregation in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood. The goal was to help people experiencing food insecurities obtain fresh food on a … [Continue Reading ...]

As special session nears, unions push lawmakers to prioritize working people

Minnesota legislators adjourned their regular session last week with the framework of a two-year budget in place, but the agreement merely sets the stage for another round of negotiations over spending and policy details. That gives the state’s unions one last opportunity to push their … [Continue Reading ...]