New labor college launching this spring in St. Paul

After months of planning, a small group of labor leaders, activists and scholars will open a new college this spring in St. Paul, inspired by the belief that working people can build the labor movement of the future, in part, by looking to the past. Set to begin classes in April, New Brookwood … [Continue Reading ...]

Hamline puts posturing before progress in contract talks, adjuncts say

Imagine paying $40,000 per year to attend a university, asking a faculty member for a letter of recommendation, and finding out the letter will come not from a “.edu” address associated with the school, but from an AOL account the professor maintains to write restaurant reviews and buy vintage … [Continue Reading ...]

Bill to stop wage theft advances in Minnesota House

A labor-backed bill to protect Minnesota workers from wage theft advanced out of its first committee hearing at the Capitol today. The bipartisan measure would crack down on employers that don’t pay workers what they are owed – and create an even playing field for employers that do. “Those good … [Continue Reading ...]

Elevator Constructors, Sportsmen’s Alliance team up to get kids hooked on ice fishing

COLUMBUS – Josh and Jen Atkinson moved their family from Oakland, Calif., to Albertville four years ago, but it wasn’t until today that they got their first taste of a uniquely Minnesotan tradition: ice fishing. “I’ve always wanted to do this,” Jen said from inside a heated pop-up ice shelter on … [Continue Reading ...]

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Bill to stop wage theft advances in Minnesota House

A labor-backed bill to protect Minnesota workers from wage theft advanced out of its first committee hearing at the Capitol today. The bipartisan measure would crack down on employers that don’t pay workers what they are owed – and create an even playing field for employers … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Elevator Constructors, Sportsmen’s Alliance team up to get kids hooked on ice fishing

COLUMBUS – Josh and Jen Atkinson moved their family from Oakland, Calif., to Albertville four years ago, but it wasn’t until today that they got their first taste of a uniquely Minnesotan tradition: ice fishing. “I’ve always wanted to do this,” Jen said from inside a heated pop-up ice shelter on … [Continue Reading ...]

Workers steal the show in TPT’s new Ford plant film

The Twin Cities Assembly Plant in Highland Park is gone, but the stories of people who worked there live on in a new, hour-long documentary airing on Twin Cities PBS stations next week. In “Made in St. Paul: Stories from the Ford plant,” filmmaker Peter B. Myers covers more than 86 years of Ford … [Continue Reading ...]

Magler retires from St. Paul Pipefitters’ top office

Rick Magler, business manager of St. Paul Pipefitters Local 455 for the last six years, celebrated his retirement yesterday with family, friends and fellow Pipefitters. The celebration took place at the local’s state-of-the-art apprenticeship center and union hall, which opened its doors on … [Continue Reading ...]

Wage hike shows what’s possible when workers join together, think big

Six years ago, when fast food workers in New York and, later, cities across the country began striking and rallying in the streets for a $15 minimum wage, the idea was dismissed as too radical. Today, it’s written into the City of St. Paul’s legislative code. Members of the City Council voted … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

McCollum, Craig hear workers’ shutdown stories – and safety concerns

Eventually, the federal government shutdown will reach a tipping point, federal employees told U.S. Reps. Angie Craig and Betty McCollum in a roundtable discussion arranged by their unions at the St. Paul Labor Center Friday. What that tipping point ends up being is a question keeping many around … [Continue Reading ...]

Smith pledges to fight for federal workers as shutdown hits home

The political staredown in Washington is maddening. Its human toll grows more heartbreaking each day. U.S. Sen. Tina Smith stood at a podium in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport today holding a letter from Joseph, an air traffic controller from Lakeville. He sent the senator a photo of his … [Continue Reading ...]

Retired Ironworker maintains steady presence in Local 512

It’s been 33 years since Frank Sramek logged hours on a job site, but the retired member of Ironworkers Local 512 remains a fixture in his union. He attends meetings, speaks to graduating apprentices and stays active in the local labor movement. And at 93 years old, Sramek has no plans to slow … [Continue Reading ...]

Bobby Kasper: New year offers promise, but only if we stay engaged

Results of the 2018 midterm election provided plenty of cause for celebration – unless, that is, you’re a CEO or Wall Street banker. Loud and clear, voters across the country delivered a message that we are tired of corporate control over our government. We are fed up with politicians who hand tax … [Continue Reading ...]