TAs win access to training in deal with St. Paul schools

About 750 members of Teamsters Local 320 who work as teaching assistants in the St. Paul Public Schools will vote soon on a proposed two-year contract with the district. The sides finalized terms of a tentative agreement last Wednesday. TAs targeted more access to professional development as … [Continue Reading ...]

House votes to restore worker voice on the job

The U.S. House of Representatives tonight passed a bill to strengthen protections for workers trying to join together in a union. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act would create new penalties for employers who illegally intimidate or fire workers for organizing a union. It would … [Continue Reading ...]

Council members push back against hospital cuts

Standing alongside nurses from Bethesda and St. Joseph's yesterday, three St. Paul City Council members called on Fairview to reconsider steep cuts at the downtown hospitals and, instead, partner with the community in preserving care for St. Paul’s urban core. “The services, the jobs and what … [Continue Reading ...]

SPFE sets strike vote, parent info session

In an e-mail to community supporters, members of the St. Paul Federation of Educators’ negotiating team said the union’s executive board called the strike vote in a unanimous vote last night. “This decision was not made lightly, but we are certain that a strike vote is necessary if we hope to … [Continue Reading ...]

Feature Story

Council members push back against hospital cuts

Standing alongside nurses from Bethesda and St. Joseph's yesterday, three St. Paul City Council members called on Fairview to reconsider steep cuts at the downtown hospitals and, instead, partner with the community in preserving care for St. Paul’s urban core. “The … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

SPFE sets strike vote, parent info session

In an e-mail to community supporters, members of the St. Paul Federation of Educators’ negotiating team said the union’s executive board called the strike vote in a unanimous vote last night. “This decision was not made lightly, but we are certain that a strike vote is necessary if we hope to … [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 ...]

Union volunteers introduce youth to ice fishing

Elevator Constructors Local 9 and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance co-hosted Take Kids Ice Fishing Day last Saturday on frozen Chisago Lake, where dozens of union volunteers introduced more than 75 young anglers to the sport. “We had a great turnout, and the event went really well,” project leader … [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 ...]

Labor Voices

Kera Peterson: It’s time for bold action, and unions are up to the challenge

Happy New Year, union families! We’ve turned the page to welcome 2020 and the opportunities and challenges it promises to bring. I was proud to have been sworn in as president of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation during our January delegate meeting. I am grateful that you’ve entrusted me, as … [Continue Reading ...]

Unions on USMCA: ‘Working people made it better’

President Trump is expected to sign the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) into law at a White House ceremony Wednesday. While it's sure to be a victory lap for the president, the nation’s top labor leader says much of the credit for getting the deal done should go to working people. “Make … [Continue Reading ...]

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 ...]

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 ...]