Union ambassadors make case for public schools in St. Paul

Members of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers are helping their district reverse declining enrollment by doing what unions do best: organizing. Over 100 families living in the district enrolled children in the St. Paul Public Schools this fall after conversations with SPFT members, who canvassed … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor unites behind Walz for governor

After emerging as the Minnesota DFL’s nominee for governor on primary-election night, Tim Walz today won the endorsement of the state’s largest labor federation, the Minnesota AFL-CIO. With the endorsement, Minnesota’s unions join forces to elect one of their own to the state’s highest office. … [Continue Reading ...]

Fight for $15 moves to city hall

After months of neighborhood organizing that sometimes spilled over into the streets, St. Paul workers who want a higher minimum wage are bringing their fight to city hall. “We have waited over a year as the city has discussed this issue,” said Pastor James Erlandson of Lutheran Church of the … [Continue Reading ...]

Senator’s new State Fair booth – like most buildings on the fairgrounds – is union built

Putting up Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s booth on the State Fairgrounds is an annual tradition for the St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council, but it isn’t the only structure on the fairgrounds built by union members – far from it, in fact. “A majority of the building on the grounds were built … [Continue Reading ...]

Feature Story

Fight for $15 moves to city hall

After months of neighborhood organizing that sometimes spilled over into the streets, St. Paul workers who want a higher minimum wage are bringing their fight to city hall. “We have waited over a year as the city has discussed this issue,” said Pastor James Erlandson of … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Senator’s new State Fair booth – like most buildings on the fairgrounds – is union built

Putting up Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s booth on the State Fairgrounds is an annual tradition for the St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council, but it isn’t the only structure on the fairgrounds built by union members – far from it, in fact. “A majority of the building on the grounds were built … [Continue Reading ...]

Guild members lead effort to halt leak investigation in Minneapolis

The Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild warns of a “chilling effect on free speech” if the City of Minneapolis continues its high-priced investigation into the identity of a confidential source behind a recent Star Tribune exposé. The Guild, which represents journalists at the Star … [Continue Reading ...]

With support from more unions, St. Paul labor federation gains strength

Working people gain a stronger, more powerful voice when they join together in unions. That’s the basis of collective bargaining and a core principle of the labor movement. But solidarity works for unions, too. By joining together in coalitions and federations, unions build important bonds that … [Continue Reading ...]

Trades-backed alliance ramps up recruitment as MN’s construction industry booms

A union-backed initiative to recruit more women and people of color into construction careers is hoping a new website will amplify its marketing push and help ease the industry’s stubborn labor shortage. The Construction Careers Pathways Alliance, which brings together Building Trades unions, … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Bobby Kasper: Our movement is on the rise, but we can’t stop now

(Bobby Kasper is president of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, which represents more than 100 affiliate unions with over 50,000 members living or working in Ramsey, Washington, Dakota and Chisago counties.) Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer in Minnesota. But at the St. … [Continue Reading ...]

Mitra Jalali Nelson: Labor endorsed in St. Paul’s Ward 4

Renters outnumber homeowners in St. Paul, but there are no renters on the city council. That’s something Mitra Jalali Nelson is out to change. Nelson, the labor-endorsed candidate in a special election Aug. 14 to fill St. Paul’s Ward 4 seat, has drawn on her experience as a renter to craft a … [Continue Reading ...]

Teaching, union leadership ‘all come together in the auditor’s office’ for Blaha

Julie Blaha’s first paycheck came from a job making cold calls for the United Democratic Fund. She was 14 years old. “I asked people over dinner how they were going to vote for president,” recalled Blaha, the DFL- and labor-endorsed candidate for state auditor. “I thought it was amazing. I … [Continue Reading ...]

Kip Hedges: Labor has a big stake in St. Paul’s fight for $15

There’s no question, the labor movement is under severe attack. The Janus decision is only the latest example of damage inflicted on workers by the billionaire class of the United States and their political allies. How can we rebuild? How can we, as a union movement, be relevant to millions of … [Continue Reading ...]