Kasper to retire, Peterson elected to lead St. Paul labor federation

The St. Paul Regional Labor Federation will have new leadership in the coming new year. After a decade in office, RLF President Bobby Kasper will retire at the end of December, a decision he made official at the federation’s delegate meeting Dec. 11. Kasper, a "proud" member of LIUNA Laborers … [Continue Reading ...]

MSP catering workers protest on busy travel day

While Delta rakes in billions in profits, many workers who cater the airline's flights out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport can't afford health insurance. Faisal Abdallah, who has worked nearly 11 years for Delta caterer LSG Sky Chefs, is among them. "If I get sick, I take pills … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor trafficker’s victims speak out, pointing to need for reform

Notorious wage broker Ricardo Batres, who pleaded guilty to felony charges of labor trafficking and insurance fraud in November, received a nine-month sentence in Hennepin County district court Tuesday. The sentencing brought to a close the first labor trafficking case to emerge from Minnesota’s … [Continue Reading ...]

To assess care crisis, Walz ‘walks a day’ in PCA’s shoes

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz walked in a home health care worker’s shoes today in St. Paul. The governor helped 41-year-old Jay Spika, who has primary progressive multiple sclerosis, bathe, dress and depart his St. Paul home. Walz worked alongside one of Spika’s home health aides, SEIU Healthcare … [Continue Reading ...]

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Labor trafficker’s victims speak out, pointing to need for reform

Notorious wage broker Ricardo Batres, who pleaded guilty to felony charges of labor trafficking and insurance fraud in November, received a nine-month sentence in Hennepin County district court Tuesday. The sentencing brought to a close the first labor trafficking case to … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

To assess care crisis, Walz ‘walks a day’ in PCA’s shoes

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz walked in a home health care worker’s shoes today in St. Paul. The governor helped 41-year-old Jay Spika, who has primary progressive multiple sclerosis, bathe, dress and depart his St. Paul home. Walz worked alongside one of Spika’s home health aides, SEIU Healthcare … [Continue Reading ...]

IBEW 110’s growing minority caucus hooks up Habitat house in Faribault

Saturday was a national day of service for the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus, and 25 volunteers from St. Paul-based Local 110 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers spent the morning roughing in a Habitat for Humanity home in Faribault. The service project brought together … [Continue Reading ...]

St. Paul boxers with a union in common enter Hall of Fame together

Two St. Paul natives who traded in their boxing gloves for work gloves were inducted into the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame this month. Brian Brunette and Matt Vanda, both members of Local 563 of the Laborers International Union (LIUNA), received the honor during a banquet Oct. 11 at Mystic Lake … [Continue Reading ...]

Fresh air, free clinics, lots of smiles at union-sponsored outdoors clinic

More than 40 boys and girls sampled shooting sports, fishing and archery under the guidance of local union volunteers Sunday, Sept. 15, at Get Youth Outdoors Day in Clear Lake Township. Among the attendees were four siblings from Princeton: 9-year-old Jack Kohl, 12-year-old Laura, 13-year-old … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Bobby Kasper: The strength of our union family is solidarity

It’s the time of year when families gather together to celebrate the holidays. Those gatherings take many different forms. Sometimes we gather as a nuclear family, just parents and their children. Other times we gather with our extended family, bringing together the grandparents, aunts, uncles, … [Continue Reading ...]

Tina Smith: Fighting for working families in the U.S. Senate

Tina Smith isn’t on the ballot this November, but for Minnesota’s junior U.S. senator, the reprieve from campaigning will be brief. The seat Smith won in 2018 goes back on the ballot in November 2020, and the race already has attracted a well-funded opponent in former 2nd District Rep. Jason … [Continue Reading ...]

St. Paul’s union-endorsed candidates aim to build on city’s new labor standards

In November 2015, when St. Paul last held regular City Council elections, the city had no earned sick and safe time ordinance on the books, and hardly anyone at City Hall was talking about a $15 minimum wage. What a difference four years make. When voters in St. Paul go back to the polls Nov. … [Continue Reading ...]

Ray Waldron: We won’t win in 2020 without working together

I’m worried Donald Trump will win another term in the White House, and I know I’m not the only one. Nearly 20 Democrats are seeking the party’s nomination to run against Trump next year. My preferred candidate probably isn’t your preferred candidate. Your candidate probably isn’t your neighbor’s, … [Continue Reading ...]