Workers tap into community support, put Surly on notice: ‘We’re not done here’

Credit Surly for this much: the union-busting craft brewer inspired one raucous Labor Day-weekend rally, drawing nearly 200 people into the streets outside its destination beer hall in Minneapolis today. Workers at the gleaming, new complex in Prospect Park went … [Continue Reading ...]

As nonprofits face uncertain times, some employees look to unionize

Hope Community workers are bargaining their first union contract after winning voluntary recognition from the Minneapolis nonprofit in July. The new bargaining unit, organized with Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild - TNG-CWA Local 37002, brings together 10 frontline workers. They … [Continue Reading ...]

As new school year draws near, unions push districts for answers

As school districts across Minnesota prepare for a school year unlike any other, the union members who work in public education are pushing for a voice in decisions impacting their health – and the health of their communities. State guidelines announced by Gov. Tim Walz in July set the ground rules … [Continue Reading ...]

No picnics, no parades, but Freedom Library will mark Labor Day with virtual event on organizing Amazon

The East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul will celebrate Labor Day early and online this year, with a virtual discussion about worker organizing at the world’s largest retailer, Amazon. The event, “Labor Day Ain’t No Picnic,” will broadcast on the ESFL’s Facebook and YouTube pages Sept. 3, … [Continue Reading ...]

Feature Story

As new school year draws near, unions push districts for answers

As school districts across Minnesota prepare for a school year unlike any other, the union members who work in public education are pushing for a voice in decisions impacting their health – and the health of their communities. State guidelines announced by Gov. Tim Walz in … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

No picnics, no parades, but Freedom Library will mark Labor Day with virtual event on organizing Amazon

The East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul will celebrate Labor Day early and online this year, with a virtual discussion about worker organizing at the world’s largest retailer, Amazon. The event, “Labor Day Ain’t No Picnic,” will broadcast on the ESFL’s Facebook and YouTube pages Sept. 3, … [Continue Reading ...]

In meeting with Smith, postal employees pledge to ‘go the extra mile’ to ensure mail-in ballots count

As U.S. Sen. Tina Smith met with postal workers, letter carriers and reporters outside the sprawling mail distribution center in Eagan today, a pickup truck exiting the facility slowed to a stop near the crowd. The driver lowered her window and barked out a brief message for Smith before speeding … [Continue Reading ...]

MN nurses union backs mask mandate

The Minnesota Nurses Association is urging state and local lawmakers to make face coverings mandatory in public places, calling it a “necessary measure to protect the public and stave off a resurgence of the vicious COVID-19 virus that has ravaged this state.”   The union’s board … [Continue Reading ...]

More than a building, a building block on city’s East Side

By John Crea, Special to The Union Advocate  In Greg Gaut’s “Reinventing the People’s Library,” we find a nicely woven story about a place, a people and a public space.   The place is the east side of St. Paul, where an ancient river punched through the limestone … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Kera Peterson: A distant Labor Day this year, but our solidarity endures 

Kera Peterson is president of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. Her "Labor Voices" column appeared in the September 2020 issue of The Saint Paul Union Advocate. ***** For many of us, Labor Day weekend marks the final days of summer, one last chance to throw a backyard … [Continue Reading ...]

Senate GOP ousts MN labor commissioner, plays politics with worker health, safety

In a surprise move yesterday that troubled Minnesota’s union leaders and outraged the DFL minority, Senate Republicans voted to oust the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s acting commissioner, Nancy Leppink. Her removal threatens to undermine ongoing efforts, led by Leppink in … [Continue Reading ...]

Kera Peterson: In uncertain times, voting is sure way to make an impact

– Kera Peterson is president of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. She wrote this "Labor Voices" column for the August 2020 issue of The Saint Paul Union Advocate. ***** “In these uncertain times …” It’s the marketing catchphrase of 2020, and for good reason. Our lives have been … [Continue Reading ...]

For 20 years, Lynne Larkin-Wright helped union members get through the ‘bumps on the road’

Lynne Larkin-Wright had been in the workforce five years when her father, George, a member and officer of Laborers Local 132, confronted her with a question: “Why would you work anything other than union?” Soon thereafter, Larkin-Wright never did. She took a job with the City of St. Paul, … [Continue Reading ...]