Expo shows off 49ers’ training center, apprenticeship program

HINCKLEY – Dominic Bergerson skipped school on a Thursday morning to play video games and drive heavy equipment around in the mud, but the 17-year-old wasn’t playing hooky. He was exploring career opportunities. Bergerson was among some 1,000 people who attended the New Iron Expo during its … [Continue Reading ...]

Delta touts ‘direct relationship,’ but workers eye strength in numbers

One of the largest union organizing drives in the world touched down in St. Paul earlier this month, as baggage handlers and flight attendants rallied for a voice on the job at Delta Air Lines. Although the two groups, which include a combined 40,000 workers, are organizing separately, both have … [Continue Reading ...]

Restaurant industry pushes tip penalty; unions and tipped workers push back

You might not have noticed the sky falling in Minnesota’s restaurant industry – unless, that is, you’ve been hanging out in meetings of the House Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance. The Republican-controlled committee has tucked a measure into its Omnibus Jobs and … [Continue Reading ...]

Area Building Trades councils honored for community outreach

Local Building Trades unions have put an emphasis in recent years on reaching out to make more women, veterans and people of color aware of their registered apprenticeship programs and the middle class career opportunities they make possible. Those efforts earned national recognition Wednesday in … [Continue Reading ...]

Feature Story

Restaurant industry pushes tip penalty; unions and tipped workers push back

You might not have noticed the sky falling in Minnesota’s restaurant industry – unless, that is, you’ve been hanging out in meetings of the House Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance. The Republican-controlled committee has tucked a measure … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Area Building Trades councils honored for community outreach

Local Building Trades unions have put an emphasis in recent years on reaching out to make more women, veterans and people of color aware of their registered apprenticeship programs and the middle class career opportunities they make possible. Those efforts earned national recognition Wednesday in … [Continue Reading ...]

Unions, contractors provide plumbing repairs to homeowners in need

Union plumbers and contractors held their annual “Water’s Off” service day Saturday, providing free repairs and inspections to low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners in the Twin Cities and Rochester. More than 100 volunteers provided no-charge service to about 75 homeowners this … [Continue Reading ...]

Nationwide campaign to fight cancer launches at Twin Cities union grocers

Union retail workers are teaming up with area grocers and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this month to fight cancer, forging a bond they hope will catch on nationwide. The Labor Against Cancer campaign will encourage customers at several union grocery stores to donate $1 or more at checkout, … [Continue Reading ...]

Why aren’t more women entering the construction trades?

As International Women’s Day draws attention to the persistent gap between wages earned by men and women worldwide, it’s worth noting one area of the U.S. economy where the gap is uniquely narrow: construction. On average, women working in the construction trades earn about 96 cents for every … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Smith hits the ground running in fight to save pensions

When a Twin Cities-based trucking company abruptly closed three days before Thanksgiving 2016, Tina Smith, then Minnesota’s lieutenant governor, was among the first elected officials to respond. Owners of Lakeville Motor Express, a union employer, had allegedly siphoned off the firm’s resources … [Continue Reading ...]

USW’s Parzino made a career of paper, politics and putting working folks first

Philip and Genevieve Parzino were working at Brown and Bigelow when they met in the 1920s. Eventually, they fell in love and married. Their story may sound typical, but Genevieve and Philip were 12 and 13 years old when they met on that calendar factory floor. It's a bit of family history their son … [Continue Reading ...]

Jesse Paggen: We can emerge stronger after Janus – and we must

As a union member with SEIU Local 284 in the Sartell schools, being in a union means having a voice to be heard as a group – even a family – so we can get what we so rightfully deserve. We all just want a piece of the American dream: a well-paying job with benefits for our families. We work hard and … [Continue Reading ...]

Candidates for governor vie for labor support at state AFL-CIO forum

The four leading DFL candidates for governor made their pitch to union activists from across Minnesota today at a forum in St. Paul, promising to support working people and their organizations if elected. State Reps. Erin Murphy and Tina Liebling, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and State Auditor Rebecca Otto … [Continue Reading ...]