Machinists volunteers put skills to work for Twin Cities nonprofit

A Twin Cities nonprofit that works to strengthen local families got a little help from the Machinists’ union family over the weekend. Members of the International Association of Machinists spent Saturday making needed improvements and repairs at FamilyWise’s headquarters in Minneapolis. The … [Continue Reading ...]

Workers put Trump on notice: ‘The U.S. mail is not for sale!’

Postal Service employees are bringing their unions together to push back against President Trump's plans to privatize the federal agency. And their solidarity is paying off. Letter carriers, postal workers, mail handlers and other USPS employees in Minneapolis -- and in communities across the … [Continue Reading ...]

Workers trust Ellison to have their back as AG

Deb Howze fought hard to get a union. Now, the home care worker from Minneapolis is fighting to stop politicians like Doug Wardlow from taking it away. The state’s home care workers have successfully bargained for wage increases, paid time off, holiday pay and new training opportunities since … [Continue Reading ...]

Women in Construction plan two events this month

Two events this month will bring together women who work in construction or are considering a career in the Building Trades. The St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council will sponsor Women Wear Hardhats! – a networking event for women interested in learning more about the career … [Continue Reading ...]

Feature Story

Workers trust Ellison to have their back as AG

Deb Howze fought hard to get a union. Now, the home care worker from Minneapolis is fighting to stop politicians like Doug Wardlow from taking it away. The state’s home care workers have successfully bargained for wage increases, paid time off, holiday pay and new training … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Women in Construction plan two events this month

Two events this month will bring together women who work in construction or are considering a career in the Building Trades. The St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council will sponsor Women Wear Hardhats! – a networking event for women interested in learning more about the career … [Continue Reading ...]

Union pipefitters make furnace repairs for homeowners in need

Some 200 union tradespeople spent their day off Saturday inspecting and repairing furnaces at no cost to senior, low-income and disabled homeowners across Minnesota. Volunteers with Project Heat’s On, the service day launched in 1986 by unions and their signatory contractors, came from three … [Continue Reading ...]

Teamsters Local 120 raises $125,000 for veterans charity

Teamsters Local 120’s annual fundraising drive raised over $125,000 for Homes For Our Troops last month, thanks to support from union members, employers and friends of labor at several Local 120 events, including the union’s member appreciation picnic and inaugural charity golf tournament. “It … [Continue Reading ...]

Senator’s new State Fair booth – like most buildings on the fairgrounds – is union built

Putting up Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s booth on the State Fairgrounds is an annual tradition for the St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council, but it isn’t the only structure on the fairgrounds built by union members – far from it, in fact. “A majority of the building on the grounds were built … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Retiree Council president: ‘You can’t just ride off into the sunset’

Ken McInnis has been going to union meetings since he was 5 years old. He helped organize a union when he was 15. It’s no surprise, then, that his union activism has extended into retirement. A former diesel mechanic and longtime member of Machinists Local Lodge 737, McInnis became president of … [Continue Reading ...]

Bobby Kasper: Our movement is on the rise, but we can’t stop now

(Bobby Kasper is president of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, which represents more than 100 affiliate unions with over 50,000 members living or working in Ramsey, Washington, Dakota and Chisago counties.) Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer in Minnesota. But at the St. … [Continue Reading ...]

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 ...]