Local veterans, workers call out union busting at VA

Local veterans and union members who staff the Minneapolis VA Hospital have been publicly calling out the Trump administration in recent months for understaffing in VA facilities and a string of attacks on VA workers' rights. Members of the American Federation of Government Employees, which … [Continue Reading ...]

Augsburg University staff have formed a union

Professional and clerical workers at Augsburg University put the Minneapolis school on notice today that they have organized a union with Local 12 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union. In a letter delivered in person to the university president’s office, members of the … [Continue Reading ...]

Smith earned labor endorsement in Senate race with hard work

During Tina Smith’s first week as a U.S. senator, after Gov. Mark Dayton appointed her to the seat in December 2017, Smith traveled to Duluth, where she met with workers and retirees fighting to save their pension fund. The Central States Pension Fund, with some 400,000 participants, had recently … [Continue Reading ...]

Survey says state’s educators are burning out fast

In-person, online or with a hybrid approach, classes have resumed at public schools across Minnesota. While models differ from district to district, a new survey finds that educators are having similar experiences marked by stress, anxiety and overwhelming workloads. Applications for retirement … [Continue Reading ...]

Feature Story

Smith earned labor endorsement in Senate race with hard work

During Tina Smith’s first week as a U.S. senator, after Gov. Mark Dayton appointed her to the seat in December 2017, Smith traveled to Duluth, where she met with workers and retirees fighting to save their pension fund. The Central States Pension Fund, with some 400,000 … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Survey says state’s educators are burning out fast

In-person, online or with a hybrid approach, classes have resumed at public schools across Minnesota. While models differ from district to district, a new survey finds that educators are having similar experiences marked by stress, anxiety and overwhelming workloads. Applications for retirement … [Continue Reading ...]

Walz signs historic infrastructure bill from Ironworkers’ training floor

In a ceremony held on the floor of Ironworkers Local 512’s apprenticeship training center today, Gov. Tim Walz signed into law a $1.88 billion package of infrastructure investments that will create thousands of jobs for union tradespeople across Minnesota. The bill also keeps open the Willow River … [Continue Reading ...]

Victory at MSP, as workers win $15 after long campaign

The working people who keep Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport running, who keep it clean and who have made it safe for travelers during the COVID-19 crisis are about to get a well-deserved raise. Members of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) voted unanimously today to put the … [Continue Reading ...]

A ‘prime opportunity’ for workers, communities to take on Amazon

By Kristi Wright and Peter Rachleff, East Side Freedom Library Half a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 190,000 Americans have lost their lives, tens of millions are unemployed or underemployed and many small businesses have closed permanently. While working people have struggled, major … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

For some local union members, Trump’s attacks hit close to home

David Hallas was watching TV on an early-September night when one of President Trump’s campaign ads caught his eye. “It was popping on the screen every 5 minutes,” Hallas remembered. “All of a sudden I’m like, wait a minute!” That was the moment Hallas glimpsed footage from Vice President Mike … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor values are lived, not learned for union members on the 2020 ballot

Members of labor unions make the best labor-endorsed candidates. Fortunately for working families, several union members are running for office this year with the Labor 2020 endorsement. “We know that when union members hold public office, they champion our values and work hard to shift the … [Continue Reading ...]

Kera Peterson: Your work is essential, and so is your vote

Kera Peterson is president of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. This “Labor Voices” column appeared in the November 2020 issue of The Saint Paul Union Advocate. ***** The St. Paul Regional Labor Federation brings together more than 100 local unions representing over 50,000 union … [Continue Reading ...]

President Trump is taking aim at Social Security

By Buddy Robinson, special to The Union Advocate You wouldn’t know it from watching the news, but Social Security’s future is on the ballot in 2020. If President Trump is re-elected, it’s clear that he will try to greatly weaken and even eliminate Social Security. That’s despite his repeated – but … [Continue Reading ...]