Janitors and their supporters march along County Road B2 in Roseville, near Rosedale Mall.

Janitors, teachers protest Kohl’s during back-to-school rush

  Looking to build on recent victories at Target and Best Buy, retail janitors in the Twin Cities put the pressure on Kohl’s Saturday – during the busy back-to-school shopping season – to do right by the workers who clean its stores. Janitors brought busloads of supporters, including … [Continue Reading ...]

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Pioneer Press workers join nationwide contract campaign, win first raise in seven years

After banding together with workers at 11 other newspapers owned by the same hedge fund, union members at the St. Paul Pioneer Press won their first wage increase in seven years, part of a new three-year contract they voted to ratify Aug. 9. Members of the Minnesota Newspaper and Communications … [Continue Reading ...]

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Protest targets Franklin Street Bakery after workers allege retaliation, intimidation

  Rosa Baires says Franklin Street Bakery gave her permission to leave her job to travel to New York and care for her dying ex-husband earlier this year. But when she returned, she found herself out of a job. “I’m very sure that they did fire me because I signed the petition for the … [Continue Reading ...]

MN Trades Academy grads Romeo Guevara (L) of Harding Senior High and Austin Fink of Open World Learning Academy level scaffolding at the Laborers Training Center in Lino Lakes.

This summer job is a crash course in construction careers

  One by one Friday, graduates of the inaugural MN Trades Academy stepped up to the podium inside IBEW Local 110's union hall and offered their three favorite construction crafts. Welding was a popular choice – not surprisingly, given the teenage demographic – but there was something for … [Continue Reading ...]

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Protest targets Franklin Street Bakery after workers allege retaliation, intimidation

  Rosa Baires says Franklin Street Bakery gave her permission to leave her job to travel to New York and care for her dying ex-husband earlier this year. But when she returned, she found herself out of a job. “I’m very sure that they did fire me because I signed … [Continue Reading ...]

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MN Trades Academy grads Romeo Guevara (L) of Harding Senior High and Austin Fink of Open World Learning Academy level scaffolding at the Laborers Training Center in Lino Lakes.

This summer job is a crash course in construction careers

  One by one Friday, graduates of the inaugural MN Trades Academy stepped up to the podium inside IBEW Local 110's union hall and offered their three favorite construction crafts. Welding was a popular choice – not surprisingly, given the teenage demographic – but there was something for … [Continue Reading ...]

Ward 6 co-owner Eric Foster speaks at a press conference arranged by a coalition of businesses supporting St. Paul's proposed sick-time ordinance.

Small business owners voice support for sick-time ordinance in St. Paul

  At a press conference today, small business owners in St. Paul said passing a citywide sick-time ordinance is the right thing to do – not only for the health of their workers, but also the health of their bottom lines. Providing employees with earned sick and safe time makes them less … [Continue Reading ...]

For their final project, participants in Local 633's pre-apprenticeship program finish their own flat concrete slabs with attached curbs.

Native pride meets union pride in Cement Masons’ training program

  NEW BRIGHTON – As the first trickle of mud oozed out of the concrete truck’s chute, 13 trainees dressed in hardhats, safety vests and tall rubber boots sprung into action, using shovels and trowels to distribute the concrete evenly across 13 rectangular slabs. The July heat was pushing … [Continue Reading ...]

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Labor Chorus summer concert is July 26

The Twin Cities Labor Chorus plans to get loud at the library during its annual summer concert July 26, billed as a "night of song, solidarity and rediscovering the power of raising our voices together." What: The Fourth Annual Twin Cities Labor Sing When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 Where: … [Continue Reading ...]

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Bill Moore: Finding motivation for Labor 2016

I’m not much into political candidates. Maybe it’s because I was born in Chicago, where the party was the important thing. I was living in Illinois the first year I could vote. I just pulled the lever at the top for the Democratic ticket. In 1967 and early ’68, I volunteered for Gene McCarthy’s … [Continue Reading ...]

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Dave Kamper: Missed opportunity 50 years ago offers insight into labor’s current challenges

The Union Advocate recently reported that Local 1189 of the UFCW has rejected a so-called “final offer” in negotiations with the owners of Cub, Rainbow, Lunds & Byerly’s, and other major retail grocers in the East Metro. Notably absent from the negotiations, of course, are two of the largest … [Continue Reading ...]

Peter Rachleff is professor of history a President of the East Side Freedom Library.

Peter Rachleff: East Side Freedom Library celebrates second anniversary

This summer, the East Side Freedom Library is celebrating its second anniversary. Our roots lie in the vision that Dave Roe and Rudy Perpich had in the 1990s of a Labor History Center to tell the stories of the state’s workers and their labor movement, and our branches grow far and wide, reaching … [Continue Reading ...]

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Campaign schools to kick off labor’s 2016 election push

The most recent state legislative session was a mess, with lawmakers failing to act to repair Minnesota’s crumbling transportation infrastructure or make jobs-creating investments in transit and public works. Electing legislators who will put the state’s working families first is a top priority … [Continue Reading ...]

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