Guild members lead effort to halt leak investigation in Minneapolis

The Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild warns of a “chilling effect on free speech” if the City of Minneapolis continues its high-priced investigation into the identity of a confidential source behind a recent Star Tribune exposé. The Guild, which represents journalists at the Star Tribune … [Continue Reading ...]

DFL campaign workers unionize

Campaign workers at Minnesota’s Democratic Farmer Labor Party joined the labor movement last week. After a majority of DFL coordinated campaign workers expressed support for the union drive, two worker representatives approached party chair Ken Martin on Friday with a request for voluntary … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor unites behind Walz for governor

After emerging as the Minnesota DFL’s nominee for governor on primary-election night, Tim Walz today won the endorsement of the state’s largest labor federation, the Minnesota AFL-CIO. With the endorsement, Minnesota’s unions join forces to elect one of their own to the state’s highest office. … [Continue Reading ...]

With support from more unions, St. Paul labor federation gains strength

Working people gain a stronger, more powerful voice when they join together in unions. That’s the basis of collective bargaining and a core principle of the labor movement. But solidarity works for unions, too. By joining together in coalitions and federations, unions build important bonds that … [Continue Reading ...]

Feature Story

Labor unites behind Walz for governor

After emerging as the Minnesota DFL’s nominee for governor on primary-election night, Tim Walz today won the endorsement of the state’s largest labor federation, the Minnesota AFL-CIO. With the endorsement, Minnesota’s unions join forces to elect one of their own to the … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

With support from more unions, St. Paul labor federation gains strength

Working people gain a stronger, more powerful voice when they join together in unions. That’s the basis of collective bargaining and a core principle of the labor movement. But solidarity works for unions, too. By joining together in coalitions and federations, unions build important bonds that … [Continue Reading ...]

Trades-backed alliance ramps up recruitment as MN’s construction industry booms

A union-backed initiative to recruit more women and people of color into construction careers is hoping a new website will amplify its marketing push and help ease the industry’s stubborn labor shortage. The Construction Careers Pathways Alliance, which brings together Building Trades unions, … [Continue Reading ...]

Letter Carriers’ food drive restocks local food shelves

Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest one-day food drive, and it's powered by union members. Letter Carriers across the country collected non-perishable food along their routes today for delivery to local food pantries. The carriers’ union, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), … [Continue Reading ...]

Dig into labor history with Untold Stories

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library rolls out its Untold Stories series each May for Labor History Month. The series focuses on workers’ rights, with programs that challenge audiences to question what we know of labor history, while lifting up workers’ efforts to organize, seek respect and … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Mitra Jalali Nelson: Labor endorsed in St. Paul’s Ward 4

Renters outnumber homeowners in St. Paul, but there are no renters on the city council. That’s something Mitra Jalali Nelson is out to change. Nelson, the labor-endorsed candidate in a special election Aug. 14 to fill St. Paul’s Ward 4 seat, has drawn on her experience as a renter to craft a … [Continue Reading ...]

Teaching, union leadership ‘all come together in the auditor’s office’ for Blaha

Julie Blaha’s first paycheck came from a job making cold calls for the United Democratic Fund. She was 14 years old. “I asked people over dinner how they were going to vote for president,” recalled Blaha, the DFL- and labor-endorsed candidate for state auditor. “I thought it was amazing. I … [Continue Reading ...]

Kip Hedges: Labor has a big stake in St. Paul’s fight for $15

There’s no question, the labor movement is under severe attack. The Janus decision is only the latest example of damage inflicted on workers by the billionaire class of the United States and their political allies. How can we rebuild? How can we, as a union movement, be relevant to millions of … [Continue Reading ...]

Kera Peterson: Political action critical to defending our basic freedoms

There are just a few weeks left in Minnesota’s legislative session. During this session Republican members voted for a bill that would allow employers to pay less than minimum wage to tipped employees. They supported bills that would weaken teacher licensure, criminalize protest and prohibit … [Continue Reading ...]