Rally participants signed Valentine’s Day cards to Gov. Dayton urging him to stand against  legislation that would bail out insurance companies.

Nurses, allies back MinnesotaCare expansion as fix for state’s individual market woes

Union nurses rallied at the Capitol today with family farmers, small business owners, clergy and other allies in their push to expand health care coverage to all Minnesotans – and hold insurance companies accountable. Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association spent the day talking to state … [Continue Reading ...]

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‘End run’ around local sick-pay victories advances at Capitol

Corporate special interests clashed with working people during a Capitol hearing last night on legislation that would roll back ordinances extending earned sick and safe time to an estimated 150,000 workers in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The local preemption bill, authored by Rep. Pat Garafalo … [Continue Reading ...]

Opponents of Andy Puzder's nomination to lead the Labor department rallied outside Hardee's in St. Paul.

In victory for worker-led opposition, Puzder backs out of Labor post

Robotics enthusiast and fast food CEO Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration as labor secretary today, less than 24 hours before a Senate committee was scheduled to hold his confirmation hearing. https://twitter.com/AndyPuzder/status/831973151730958336 Puzder's withdrawal is a major victory … [Continue Reading ...]

This photo accompanied the Union Advocate's report on Roe's election to the state's top union office in 1966.

Remembering David Roe, who expanded labor’s political clout in Minnesota

David Roe, whose 19-year tenure as president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO saw historic expansions of workers’ rights and protections in the state, died Feb. 13. He was 92. Labor leaders and lawmakers remembered Roe as a major player in Minnesota politics and devoted family man, whose concern for the … [Continue Reading ...]

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Opponents of Andy Puzder's nomination to lead the Labor department rallied outside Hardee's in St. Paul.

In victory for worker-led opposition, Puzder backs out of Labor post

Robotics enthusiast and fast food CEO Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration as labor secretary today, less than 24 hours before a Senate committee was scheduled to hold his confirmation hearing. https://twitter.com/AndyPuzder/status/831973151730958336 Puzder's … [Continue Reading ...]

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This photo accompanied the Union Advocate's report on Roe's election to the state's top union office in 1966.

Remembering David Roe, who expanded labor’s political clout in Minnesota

David Roe, whose 19-year tenure as president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO saw historic expansions of workers’ rights and protections in the state, died Feb. 13. He was 92. Labor leaders and lawmakers remembered Roe as a major player in Minnesota politics and devoted family man, whose concern for the … [Continue Reading ...]

The Hudak family (L to R): Dustin, Brady, Jocelynn and Heather.

Labor community, TEAM help get IBEW apprentice’s family on track

It seemed to Dustin Hudak that any time he made progress on his goals, disaster was bound to strike. One step forward, two steps back. But things are finally looking up for Hudak and his family, thanks to an apprenticeship with St. Paul-based Local 110 of the International Brotherhood of … [Continue Reading ...]

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Minnesota union members marched against Trump in droves. Here’s why

  Dressed in hard hats and union colors, union members were among the estimated 100,000 people who joined the Women’s March in Minnesota one day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, capping three days of protests – locally and nationally – that put the new administration on notice of popular … [Continue Reading ...]

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St. Paul teachers answer Trump’s divisive rhetoric with wall of support for immigrant students

  Teachers, parents and community members lined the walkway outside LEAP High School in St. Paul yesterday, forming a protective wall around students at the school for new immigrants as they walked to their buses after dismissal. Organized by the St. Paul Federation of Teachers on the day … [Continue Reading ...]

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Kaela Berg: TPP is dead, but fight for fair trade isn’t over

Many of us are left reeling from the results of the 2016 election and what it will mean for this country moving forward. The future of U.S. trade policy is unclear, as is much of the political and economic landscape. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has officially been declared “dead.” That … [Continue Reading ...]

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Jeff Couillard: What if retail workers took a two-week break – starting on Black Friday?

It’s that time of year when retail executives get excited about the kind of record profits they will be raking in from mid-November to the end of the year. Retailers have been pushing out their deals earlier and earlier so consumers have more and more choices to cash in on a “super” deal ahead of … [Continue Reading ...]

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Bobby Kasper: In an ugly election year, let’s stay focused on what really matters

Labor 2016 is a blueprint for building political power for working people, a statewide plan developed with input from a wide range of unions. When it comes to executing that plan, regional labor federations and area labor councils are where the rubber meets the road. At the St. Paul Regional Labor … [Continue Reading ...]

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Bobby Kasper: Solidarity is alive and thriving in St. Paul

  Last month at the East Side Freedom Library, I joined a roundtable discussion with historians, artists, trade unionists and community activists on the subject of solidarity. It was a lively, challenging and essential dialogue, and it served as another reminder of how fortunate we are in … [Continue Reading ...]