Outside Amazon fulfillment center, workers demand tax fairness

SHAKOPEE – Minnesota workers unfurled a “Tax the Rich” banner outside Amazon’s MSP1 fulfillment center here today. It was a not-so-subtle suggestion to state lawmakers about how they might pay for investments in child care, paid family leave, education, infrastructure and other supports for working … [Continue Reading ...]

Staff announce union drives at two Twin Cities charter schools

Staff at two Twin Cities charter schools kicked off Teacher Appreciation Week yesterday by filing for recognition of their unions. Teachers, paraprofessionals and support staff from Great River School in St. Paul and Hiawatha Academies in Minneapolis went public with their campaigns … [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 ...]

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 ...]

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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 … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

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 ...]

Union family sticking together as Marathon lockout drags on

SAINT PAUL PARK – Megan Christner and Amber Marlatt could never put a price on the value of their husbands’ safety at work. So it infuriates them to see their husbands’ employer, the Marathon oil refinery here, do just that. “It’s his life we’re talking about,” Marlatt said of her husband, Dave. … [Continue Reading ...]

St. Paul unions’ free food giveaways pass million-pound milestone

The St. Paul Regional Labor Federation and its nonprofit Labor Studies and Resource Center (LSRC) have taken a leading role in connecting Minnesotans with fresh food available through a new USDA program this winter. And on March 20 in St. Paul Park, their efforts hit a major milestone: 1 million … [Continue Reading ...]

Fair State, Schell’s brew together to celebrate solidarity

Minnesota’s oldest and newest union breweries have teamed up to craft a beer celebrating solidarity in the workplace. Union Lager is a collaborative brew by Fair State in the Twin Cities, where workers formed a union with UNITE HERE Local 17 last summer, and August Schell in New Ulm, where union … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

St. Paul’s minimum wage will increase July 1. Here’s how one local restaurant is adapting

By Alicia Thoj, guest columnist As I settled into a comfortable spot in Kyatchi’s dining room, I remembered all the previous times I had been to this restaurant to enjoy the ramen and hot dog with yakisoba noodles. It was a nostalgic feeling because it had been a couple of years since I had gone … [Continue Reading ...]

From the Eight-Hour Day to the $15 Minimum Wage: A conversation between past and present

By Peter Rachleff and Kristi Wright, East Side Freedom Library The study of labor history, while rooted in the past, has everything to do with how we envision the future – and how we chart a path to get there. At the East Side Freedom Library, we think that placing the movement for the eight-hour … [Continue Reading ...]

Film stimulus would position Minnesota to capitalize on pent-up demand for new TV, movie production

By Casey Lewis, SAG-AFTRA Twin Cities Two things our country learned over the past devastating 12 months are that the American worker is the backbone of our economy, and we love to be told stories through movies and TV shows. The pandemic forced this country to realize that day-to-day, … [Continue Reading ...]

After leaving auto industry, retired Machinist preps others for entry-level work

Greg Kinne isn’t letting the knowledge he gained over nearly five decades in the automotive industry go to waste in retirement. The former Machinist is sharing what he knows with a new generation of workers at the Twin Cities School. Kinne, a longtime member of Local Lodge 737, has signed on as a … [Continue Reading ...]