As hospital cuts loom in St. Paul, workers demand accountability, engagement from M Health Fairview

With hundreds of jobs at stake, union nurses and health care workers are sounding the alarm on M Health Fairview’s plan to slash services at two St. Paul hospitals and close 16 clinics across the region. The health system announced plans this month to close Bethesda Hospital, the only COVID-19 … [Continue Reading ...]

Techs at two Allina hospitals begin 48-hour strike for health and safety protections

The “eyes of the hospital” are on strike this week at Allina Health facilities in Minneapolis and Shakopee, as radiology and other technicians step up their fight for the same benefits and protections from COVID-19 as other hospital employees. And at a rally outside Abbott Northwestern today, … [Continue Reading ...]

Walz signs historic infrastructure bill from Ironworkers’ training floor

In a ceremony held on the floor of Ironworkers Local 512’s apprenticeship training center today, Gov. Tim Walz signed into law a $1.88 billion package of infrastructure investments that will create thousands of jobs for union tradespeople across Minnesota. The bill also keeps open the Willow River … [Continue Reading ...]

Victory at MSP, as workers win $15 after long campaign

The working people who keep Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport running, who keep it clean and who have made it safe for travelers during the COVID-19 crisis are about to get a well-deserved raise. Members of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) voted unanimously today to put the … [Continue Reading ...]

Feature Story

Walz signs historic infrastructure bill from Ironworkers’ training floor

In a ceremony held on the floor of Ironworkers Local 512’s apprenticeship training center today, Gov. Tim Walz signed into law a $1.88 billion package of infrastructure investments that will create thousands of jobs for union tradespeople across Minnesota. The bill also … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Victory at MSP, as workers win $15 after long campaign

The working people who keep Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport running, who keep it clean and who have made it safe for travelers during the COVID-19 crisis are about to get a well-deserved raise. Members of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) voted unanimously today to put the … [Continue Reading ...]

A ‘prime opportunity’ for workers, communities to take on Amazon

By Kristi Wright and Peter Rachleff, East Side Freedom Library Half a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 190,000 Americans have lost their lives, tens of millions are unemployed or underemployed and many small businesses have closed permanently. While working people have struggled, major … [Continue Reading ...]

No picnics, no parades, but Freedom Library will mark Labor Day with virtual event on organizing Amazon

The East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul will celebrate Labor Day early and online this year, with a virtual discussion about worker organizing at the world’s largest retailer, Amazon. The event, “Labor Day Ain’t No Picnic,” will broadcast on the ESFL’s Facebook and YouTube pages Sept. 3, … [Continue Reading ...]

As new school year draws near, unions push districts for answers

As school districts across Minnesota prepare for a school year unlike any other, the union members who work in public education are pushing for a voice in decisions impacting their health – and the health of their communities. State guidelines announced by Gov. Tim Walz in July set the ground rules … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

President Trump is taking aim at Social Security

By Buddy Robinson, special to The Union Advocate You wouldn’t know it from watching the news, but Social Security’s future is on the ballot in 2020. If President Trump is re-elected, it’s clear that he will try to greatly weaken and even eliminate Social Security. That’s despite his repeated – but … [Continue Reading ...]

Kera Peterson: A distant Labor Day this year, but our solidarity endures 

Kera Peterson is president of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. Her "Labor Voices" column appeared in the September 2020 issue of The Saint Paul Union Advocate. ***** For many of us, Labor Day weekend marks the final days of summer, one last chance to throw a backyard … [Continue Reading ...]

Senate GOP ousts MN labor commissioner, plays politics with worker health, safety

In a surprise move yesterday that troubled Minnesota’s union leaders and outraged the DFL minority, Senate Republicans voted to oust the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s acting commissioner, Nancy Leppink. Her removal threatens to undermine ongoing efforts, led by Leppink in … [Continue Reading ...]

Kera Peterson: In uncertain times, voting is sure way to make an impact

– Kera Peterson is president of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. She wrote this "Labor Voices" column for the August 2020 issue of The Saint Paul Union Advocate. ***** “In these uncertain times …” It’s the marketing catchphrase of 2020, and for good reason. Our lives have been … [Continue Reading ...]