Resources for workers impacted by COVID-19 response

Efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19 are creating immediate economic hardship for many working families.   Minnesota employers slashed payrolls after Gov. Tim Walz issued emergency orders temporarily shutting down restaurants, schools, movie theaters and other spaces where contagion was … [Continue Reading ...]

Unions push pandemic response leaving no worker behind

State and local officials are taking unprecedented steps to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading in Minnesota. While the effectiveness of those measures remains to be seen, it’s already clear the COVID-19 pandemic is not just a public health crisis, but an … [Continue Reading ...]

In victory for unions, Trump administration leaves construction out of new apprenticeship rule

Loud and clear, union tradespeople and their supporters delivered a message to the Trump administration last year: Don’t lower the bar when it comes to training, safety and labor standards in the construction industry.   The administration listened.  The U.S. Department of Labor … [Continue Reading ...]

Ordway offers union-member discount on tickets to Sting’s ‘The Last Ship’

Union members can get steeply discounted tickets to see Sting’s Broadway musical, “The Last Ship,” at the Ordway in St. Paul next month. “The Last Ship” tells the story of Gideon, a prodigal son returning home after 17 years at sea to find that the local shipyard his town was built around is … [Continue Reading ...]

Feature Story

In victory for unions, Trump administration leaves construction out of new apprenticeship rule

Loud and clear, union tradespeople and their supporters delivered a message to the Trump administration last year: Don’t lower the bar when it comes to training, safety and labor standards in the construction industry.   The administration listened.  The … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Ordway offers union-member discount on tickets to Sting’s ‘The Last Ship’

Union members can get steeply discounted tickets to see Sting’s Broadway musical, “The Last Ship,” at the Ordway in St. Paul next month. “The Last Ship” tells the story of Gideon, a prodigal son returning home after 17 years at sea to find that the local shipyard his town was built around is … [Continue Reading ...]

Trades celebrate Women Build Success awards

Union tradeswomen celebrated the most badass among them at a spirited awards ceremony in Minneapolis last night. "Six women, selected from dozens of nominees for apprentice, journey worker and advocate of the year, took home honors at the Women Building Success Awards Ceremony. Board members … [Continue Reading ...]

SPFE sets strike vote, parent info session

Members of the St. Paul Federation of Educators representing over 3,600 teachers, educational assistants, licensed professionals and other staff in the St. Paul Public Schools will hold a strike-authorization vote Feb. 20, leaders announced today. In an e-mail to community supporters, members of … [Continue Reading ...]

Union-led coalition takes on proposed hospital cuts

Alarmed by the news Fairview Health is considering drastic cuts to two St. Paul hospitals, health care workers, patients and community members have quickly organized a campaign to keep Bethesda and St. Joseph’s open, with unions leading the way. The Minnesota Nurses Association and SEIU Healthcare … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Nick Faber: Strike, contract campaign led to real gains for St. Paul schools

– Nick Faber is president of the St. Paul Federation of Educators. He wrote this column for the April 2020 edition of The St. Paul Union Advocate newspaper. No one should doubt St. Paul educators’ unwavering commitment to our students. We care so much about what our children need, we were … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor backs Smith in Senate re-election bid

The state’s largest labor federation, the Minnesota AFL-CIO, issued its first endorsements of the 2020 election cycle earlier this month, backing Sen. Tina Smith’s reelection campaign and DFLers in the 1st and 7th Congressional Districts.    Smith, who will be back on the ballot just two … [Continue Reading ...]

With N-95 collection drive, nurses gear up for challenge ahead

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota grows higher, prompting the state's health care system to brace for a wave of hospitalizations, registered nurses are holding a collection drive at their union headquarters in St. Paul to stock up on personal protective equipment (PPE) and other … [Continue Reading ...]

Senators push back against Trump’s union-busting

In his administration’s latest swipe at federal unions, President Trump last month gave Defense Secretary Mark Esper unprecedented authority to strip collective bargaining rights from nearly 750,000 civilian workers at the agency. Democratic senators, including Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar and Tina … [Continue Reading ...]