More local nonprofit workers take union drives public

Organizing among Twin Cities nonprofit workers continues to bear fruit, as employees at two local organizations, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative and Headway Emotional Health Services, have gone public with union campaigns this month. Hastened by the pandemic, economic uncertainty and the … [Continue Reading ...]

Metro Transit workers put a face on their fight for safety, respect

Metro Transit bosses got a good look today at the drivers, mechanics and cleaning workers who have kept Twin Cities buses and trains running during the COVID-19 pandemic, while the agency’s administrators have worked mostly from home. Transit workers staged a daylong demonstration outside the … [Continue Reading ...]

United Hospital workers demand more from Allina for their work on front lines

Essential workers at United Hospital are ready to strike if that’s what it takes to get a fair contract with Allina Health.  Members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota who work at United held informational picketing outside the hospital in downtown St. Paul today, escalating their fight for a contract … [Continue Reading ...]

Union family sticking together as Marathon lockout drags on

SAINT PAUL PARK – Megan Christner and Amber Marlatt could never put a price on the value of their husbands’ safety at work. So it infuriates them to see their husbands’ employer, the Marathon oil refinery here, do just that. “It’s his life we’re talking about,” Marlatt said of her husband, Dave. … [Continue Reading ...]

Feature Story

United Hospital workers demand more from Allina for their work on front lines

Essential workers at United Hospital are ready to strike if that’s what it takes to get a fair contract with Allina Health.  Members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota who work at United held informational picketing outside the hospital in downtown St. Paul today, escalating … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Union family sticking together as Marathon lockout drags on

SAINT PAUL PARK – Megan Christner and Amber Marlatt could never put a price on the value of their husbands’ safety at work. So it infuriates them to see their husbands’ employer, the Marathon oil refinery here, do just that. “It’s his life we’re talking about,” Marlatt said of her husband, Dave. … [Continue Reading ...]

St. Paul unions’ free food giveaways pass million-pound milestone

The St. Paul Regional Labor Federation and its nonprofit Labor Studies and Resource Center (LSRC) have taken a leading role in connecting Minnesotans with fresh food available through a new USDA program this winter. And on March 20 in St. Paul Park, their efforts hit a major milestone: 1 million … [Continue Reading ...]

Fair State, Schell’s brew together to celebrate solidarity

Minnesota’s oldest and newest union breweries have teamed up to craft a beer celebrating solidarity in the workplace. Union Lager is a collaborative brew by Fair State in the Twin Cities, where workers formed a union with UNITE HERE Local 17 last summer, and August Schell in New Ulm, where union … [Continue Reading ...]

March events: Expo to connect women with pathways into trades

Women in Construction Week runs from March 7 to 13, and local tradeswomen, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), will celebrate with a virtual event showcasing career opportunities available in the unionized trades. The Women Building Success Info Expo is open … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

From the Eight-Hour Day to the $15 Minimum Wage: A conversation between past and present

By Peter Rachleff and Kristi Wright, East Side Freedom Library The study of labor history, while rooted in the past, has everything to do with how we envision the future – and how we chart a path to get there. At the East Side Freedom Library, we think that placing the movement for the eight-hour … [Continue Reading ...]

Film stimulus would position Minnesota to capitalize on pent-up demand for new TV, movie production

By Casey Lewis, SAG-AFTRA Twin Cities Two things our country learned over the past devastating 12 months are that the American worker is the backbone of our economy, and we love to be told stories through movies and TV shows. The pandemic forced this country to realize that day-to-day, … [Continue Reading ...]

After leaving auto industry, retired Machinist preps others for entry-level work

Greg Kinne isn’t letting the knowledge he gained over nearly five decades in the automotive industry go to waste in retirement. The former Machinist is sharing what he knows with a new generation of workers at the Twin Cities School. Kinne, a longtime member of Local Lodge 737, has signed on as a … [Continue Reading ...]

Kera Peterson: To build back better, pass the PRO Act

Millions of working people and their families are hurting in America right now. We’ve seen it firsthand at the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, as our nonprofit Labor Studies and Resource Center has begun coordinating free food-distribution events with local unions. At four events so far, union … [Continue Reading ...]