Minnesota gained 46,000 union members last year, reversing decade-long decline

Working people’s voice grew stronger last year in Minnesota, where organizing gains pushed union membership to its highest point since 2004, according to federal data released today. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual report on union membership shows Minnesota gained 46,000 union members … [Continue Reading ...]

Appeals court sides with home care workers’ union – again

Minnesota PCAs who worked Monday – on MLK Day – received holiday pay for the first time, thanks to a new provision in their union contract with the state. A day later, home care workers received more good news. The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled against a group seeking to roll back holiday pay … [Continue Reading ...]

As Super Bowl approaches, NFL players take sides in local labor standoffs

As Minnesota prepares to bask in the Super Bowl spotlight, pro football players are using their platform to lift up Minnesota workers fighting for justice and a voice on the job. Through their union, the NFL Players Association, the athletes are standing in solidarity with bakery workers fighting … [Continue Reading ...]

Union volunteers building Super-sized ice palace in St. Paul (photos)

Building Trades volunteers are building the city’s most ambitious ice palace in over a decade. Construction of the 4,000-block, 70-foot tall structure began last week, and it’s on track to wrap up before the St. Paul Winter Carnival begins its 17-day run Jan. 25. Festival organizers anticipate … [Continue Reading ...]

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As Super Bowl approaches, NFL players take sides in local labor standoffs

As Minnesota prepares to bask in the Super Bowl spotlight, pro football players are using their platform to lift up Minnesota workers fighting for justice and a voice on the job. Through their union, the NFL Players Association, the athletes are standing in solidarity … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Union volunteers building Super-sized ice palace in St. Paul (photos)

Building Trades volunteers are building the city’s most ambitious ice palace in over a decade. Construction of the 4,000-block, 70-foot tall structure began last week, and it’s on track to wrap up before the St. Paul Winter Carnival begins its 17-day run Jan. 25. Festival organizers anticipate … [Continue Reading ...]

Union coat drive will help St. Paul’s homeless youth keep warm

Union members in the East Metro raised over $3,100 to buy winter coats for students in the St. Paul Public Schools struggling with homelessness. Jackets and hoodies donated by a union screen printer nearly doubled the total haul for area children in need. The coats and hoodies, dropped off at SPPS’ … [Continue Reading ...]

Community Ed offers courses in labor history, construction careers

Want to learn more about local labor history? Looking to explore career opportunities in the construction trades? These two labor-related courses are among the St. Paul Public Schools’ lineup of Community Ed offerings this winter. Peter Rachleff, a retired Macalester professor and co-director of … [Continue Reading ...]

Construction of St. Paul soccer stadium gets vertical

Union tradespeople hoisted the first beam of St. Paul’s new professional soccer stadium Nov. 21, after a ceremony that drew local officials, Minnesota United executives and club sponsors to the Midway construction site. General contractor Mortenson Construction broke ground on the … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Bobby Kasper: A stocking stuffed with tax cuts for the wealthy

With an unsettling lack of bipartisanship or debate, Republicans in both the Senate and House of Representatives have passed sweeping measures to reform the U.S. tax code in ways that would rig our system even more favorably toward corporations and the rich. Now, Congressional leaders are working … [Continue Reading ...]

Roy Magnuson: Labor unity is key as St. Paul turns the page

An intense St. Paul election cycle ended with a decisive win for Melvin Carter as mayor and similarly decisive wins for John Brodrick, Jeannie Foster and Marny Xiong in the school board race. Labor was a united force in the less prominent school board race, and a split force in the mayor’s race. … [Continue Reading ...]

AFSCME Council 5’s founding director to step down – but keep fighting

Eliot Seide was even more fired up than usual when he sat down for a Thursday-morning interview at AFSCME Council 5’s South St. Paul offices last month. News had just broken that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear a case with the potential to weaken public-sector workers’ collective bargaining power, … [Continue Reading ...]

Bobby Kasper: Union candidates share our values, amplify our voice

Every election cycle our unions interview and consider endorsing candidates for public office, from local school boards and city councils to the Legislature and Congress. We want to know which candidates share our values. We want to know who stands with us on issues that matter to working families, … [Continue Reading ...]