St. Paul unions take on new role getting fresh food to families

Local unions are stepping up this winter to connect thousands of Minnesotans with free, fresh food available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box program. The St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, which brings together over 100 local unions in Chisago, Dakota, … [Continue Reading ...]

Budget axe falls on School District 197’s frontline workers

Despite putting their health at risk while providing essential care during the pandemic, paraprofessionals in the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools learned tonight that the district will lay off up to 12 full-time workers from their ranks and replace them with temporary … [Continue Reading ...]

Community rallies around refinery workers as Marathon lockout enters third week

ST. PAUL PARK – As picketing at the refinery in this small, suburban community entered a third week, members of Teamsters Local 120 and Gov. Tim Walz ratcheted up the pressure on Marathon last night with a rally highlighting workers’ safety concerns. Each day the lockout continues, Local 120 … [Continue Reading ...]

Wait for vaccines to reopen schools, St. Paul educators say

St. Paul educators, parents and community members wary of the district’s plan to resume in-person learning staged a car rally Jan. 12, calling on administrators to hold off on reopening buildings until COVID-19 vaccines are available to school staff. St. Paul Public Schools plans to begin a … [Continue Reading ...]

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Community rallies around refinery workers as Marathon lockout enters third week

ST. PAUL PARK – As picketing at the refinery in this small, suburban community entered a third week, members of Teamsters Local 120 and Gov. Tim Walz ratcheted up the pressure on Marathon last night with a rally highlighting workers’ safety concerns. Each day the lockout … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Wait for vaccines to reopen schools, St. Paul educators say

St. Paul educators, parents and community members wary of the district’s plan to resume in-person learning staged a car rally Jan. 12, calling on administrators to hold off on reopening buildings until COVID-19 vaccines are available to school staff. St. Paul Public Schools plans to begin a … [Continue Reading ...]

COVID testing is free, fast and encouraged for frontline workers

COVID-19 testing is fast, safe and open to anyone free of charge at 21 community testing sites across Minnesota. That’s the message state health officials want union members – and all frontline workers – to hear as more businesses, schools and other gathering places begin reopening to the … [Continue Reading ...]

Making the adjustment: Union apprenticeship programs get creative to navigate COVID-19 safely

Early December is usually a festive time at Cement Masons Local 633’s facility in New Brighton. The union’s cement mason and plasterer apprentices deck the training hall with a holiday display that spotlights their budding mastery of the craft, just in time for the union’s holiday party. Not this … [Continue Reading ...]

Survey says state’s educators are burning out fast

In-person, online or with a hybrid approach, classes have resumed at public schools across Minnesota. While models differ from district to district, a new survey finds that educators are having similar experiences marked by stress, anxiety and overwhelming workloads. Applications for retirement … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Kera Peterson: To build back better, pass the PRO Act

Millions of working people and their families are hurting in America right now. We’ve seen it firsthand at the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, as our nonprofit Labor Studies and Resource Center has begun coordinating free food-distribution events with local unions. At four events so far, union … [Continue Reading ...]

Local veterans, workers call out union busting at VA

Local veterans and union members who staff the Minneapolis VA Hospital have been publicly calling out the Trump administration in recent months for understaffing in VA facilities and a string of attacks on VA workers' rights. Members of the American Federation of Government Employees, which … [Continue Reading ...]

For some local union members, Trump’s attacks hit close to home

David Hallas was watching TV on an early-September night when one of President Trump’s campaign ads caught his eye. “It was popping on the screen every 5 minutes,” Hallas remembered. “All of a sudden I’m like, wait a minute!” That was the moment Hallas glimpsed footage from Vice President Mike … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor values are lived, not learned for union members on the 2020 ballot

Members of labor unions make the best labor-endorsed candidates. Fortunately for working families, several union members are running for office this year with the Labor 2020 endorsement. “We know that when union members hold public office, they champion our values and work hard to shift the … [Continue Reading ...]