Candidates for governor vie for labor support at state AFL-CIO forum

The four leading DFL candidates for governor made their pitch to union activists from across Minnesota today at a forum in St. Paul, promising to support working people and their organizations if elected. State Reps. Erin Murphy and Tina Liebling, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and State Auditor Rebecca Otto … [Continue Reading ...]

Steelworkers plan solidarity rally in Minneapolis for Idaho miners on strike

Striking miners from Idaho will bring their fight for a fair contract to Minneapolis this month, and local activists are making plans to bolster their ranks. About 250 members of United Steelworkers Local 5114 employed by Hecla Mining went on strike last March, after working a full year without a … [Continue Reading ...]

SPFT, district reach agreement, pledge to take on funding shortfalls together

Members of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers will not strike tomorrow, but they aren’t walking away from the fight for fully funded, racially equitable schools. After 13 hours of mediated talks that began Sunday, union and district negotiators reached tentative agreements on three contracts … [Continue Reading ...]

Longtime union mailing house in Roseville closes shop

Accurate Mailing closed shop for good last week after more than 25 years in business. It was one of the few Twin Cities mailing houses with a union bug. Accurate’s last job: labeling, sorting and preparing 30,000 copies of The Saint Paul Union Advocate for delivery by the U.S. Postal … [Continue Reading ...]

Feature Story

SPFT, district reach agreement, pledge to take on funding shortfalls together

Members of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers will not strike tomorrow, but they aren’t walking away from the fight for fully funded, racially equitable schools. After 13 hours of mediated talks that began Sunday, union and district negotiators reached tentative … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Longtime union mailing house in Roseville closes shop

Accurate Mailing closed shop for good last week after more than 25 years in business. It was one of the few Twin Cities mailing houses with a union bug. Accurate’s last job: labeling, sorting and preparing 30,000 copies of The Saint Paul Union Advocate for delivery by the U.S. Postal … [Continue Reading ...]

Union volunteers step ‘outside their element’ on ice palace job site

The ice palace towering above Rice Park during the St. Paul Winter Carnival this year will be three times the size of any palace festivalgoers have seen in a decade. But for longtime volunteers building the super-sized palace, the challenges are familiar. “The palaces I’ve worked on before were … [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 ...]

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 ...]

Labor Voices

Labor-endorsed Karla Bigham fights ‘for an economy that works for everyone’

Working people have stood with Karla Bigham since her first campaign for the Legislature more than a decade ago. Bigham never took that support for granted, and she isn’t about to start now. Bigham, a DFLer and longtime resident of Cottage Grove, is the labor-endorsed candidate in a Feb. 12 … [Continue Reading ...]

Bobby Kasper: Raising wages starts at home

Unemployment is down. Corporate earnings are up. But for most hardworking Americans, wages aren’t going anywhere. Congress and President Trump say their $1.5 trillion tax plan will shift wage growth out of neutral. Working people see the tax scam for what it is: a massive and deeply corrupt … [Continue Reading ...]

Dave Zirin: The ‘megaphone of sports’ is more global, powerful than ever

Donald Trump has made politics part of nearly every reporter’s beat. The president’s policy proposals and inflammatory public comments spark reaction and resistance that spill beyond the Beltway, outside the traditional spaces reserved for political debate. Nowhere, perhaps, has the spillover … [Continue Reading ...]

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 ...]