Union members rally in Minneapolis to end shutdown

  Tomorrow, tens of thousands of federal employees won’t get their regularly scheduled paychecks. Today, their union family rallied in Minneapolis – and cities across the U.S. – to say that’s not OK. Dozens of union members and retirees joined a demonstration along Hiawatha Avenue, just … [Continue Reading ...]

Twin Cities workers launch campaign to stop construction industry abuses

With a dramatic rally in the streets of south Minneapolis today, Twin Cities construction workers launched a new movement to improve labor standards in their industry and guarantee dignity for all workers. “I don’t want to see any more injustice in construction,” Yimer Iriarte said at the start of … [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 ...]

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 ...]

Feature Story

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 … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

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 ...]

Concrete Christmas display brightens Cement Masons’ holiday party

When they arrive at their union’s holiday party tonight in New Brighton, active and retired members of Cement Masons Local 633 will find their training hall decked with festive Christmas concrete. It’s a seasonal tradition the local’s apprentices carried on this year, with help from apprentices … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

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 ...]

Bobby Kasper: Working people can be the difference Nov. 6

The outcome of the Nov. 6 election has the potential to determine our future as union members for at least the next four years. In Minnesota, we know what’s at stake. We’ve seen the attacks on working people in states around us, and we know those attacks on our freedoms – fended off by Gov. Mark … [Continue Reading ...]

Workers trust Ellison to have their back as AG

Deb Howze fought hard to get a union. Now, the home care worker from Minneapolis is fighting to stop politicians like Doug Wardlow from taking it away. The state’s home care workers have successfully bargained for wage increases, paid time off, holiday pay and new training opportunities since … [Continue Reading ...]