Teamsters at Marathon’s St. Paul Park refinery strike over safety

Operations and maintenance workers at Marathon Petroleum’s refinery in St. Paul Park went on strike today. Members of Teamsters Local 120 say they are taking a stand not just for good jobs, but also for the safety of their community. At issue in the dispute is management’s ability to replace … [Continue Reading ...]

With talks stuck in low gear, Metro Transit workers seek public support

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 have authorized a strike, held informational picketing and, most recently, petitioned the governor – all in an effort to shift their contract talks with Metro Transit into higher gear. The union of 2,350 transit operators and mechanics entered … [Continue Reading ...]

COVID testing is free, fast and encouraged for frontline workers

COVID-19 testing is fast, safe and open to anyone free of charge at 21 community testing sites across Minnesota. That’s the message state health officials want union members – and all frontline workers – to hear as more businesses, schools and other gathering places begin reopening to the … [Continue Reading ...]

Wait for vaccines to reopen schools, St. Paul educators say

St. Paul educators, parents and community members wary of the district’s plan to resume in-person learning staged a car rally Jan. 12, calling on administrators to hold off on reopening buildings until COVID-19 vaccines are available to school staff. St. Paul Public Schools plans to begin a … [Continue Reading ...]

Feature Story

COVID testing is free, fast and encouraged for frontline workers

COVID-19 testing is fast, safe and open to anyone free of charge at 21 community testing sites across Minnesota. That’s the message state health officials want union members – and all frontline workers – to hear as more businesses, schools and other gathering places begin … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor in the Community

Wait for vaccines to reopen schools, St. Paul educators say

St. Paul educators, parents and community members wary of the district’s plan to resume in-person learning staged a car rally Jan. 12, calling on administrators to hold off on reopening buildings until COVID-19 vaccines are available to school staff. St. Paul Public Schools plans to begin a … [Continue Reading ...]

Making the adjustment: Union apprenticeship programs get creative to navigate COVID-19 safely

Early December is usually a festive time at Cement Masons Local 633’s facility in New Brighton. The union’s cement mason and plasterer apprentices deck the training hall with a holiday display that spotlights their budding mastery of the craft, just in time for the union’s holiday party. Not this … [Continue Reading ...]

Survey says state’s educators are burning out fast

In-person, online or with a hybrid approach, classes have resumed at public schools across Minnesota. While models differ from district to district, a new survey finds that educators are having similar experiences marked by stress, anxiety and overwhelming workloads. Applications for retirement … [Continue Reading ...]

Walz signs historic infrastructure bill from Ironworkers’ training floor

In a ceremony held on the floor of Ironworkers Local 512’s apprenticeship training center today, Gov. Tim Walz signed into law a $1.88 billion package of infrastructure investments that will create thousands of jobs for union tradespeople across Minnesota. The bill also keeps open the Willow River … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor Voices

Local veterans, workers call out union busting at VA

Local veterans and union members who staff the Minneapolis VA Hospital have been publicly calling out the Trump administration in recent months for understaffing in VA facilities and a string of attacks on VA workers' rights. Members of the American Federation of Government Employees, which … [Continue Reading ...]

For some local union members, Trump’s attacks hit close to home

David Hallas was watching TV on an early-September night when one of President Trump’s campaign ads caught his eye. “It was popping on the screen every 5 minutes,” Hallas remembered. “All of a sudden I’m like, wait a minute!” That was the moment Hallas glimpsed footage from Vice President Mike … [Continue Reading ...]

Labor values are lived, not learned for union members on the 2020 ballot

Members of labor unions make the best labor-endorsed candidates. Fortunately for working families, several union members are running for office this year with the Labor 2020 endorsement. “We know that when union members hold public office, they champion our values and work hard to shift the … [Continue Reading ...]

Kera Peterson: Your work is essential, and so is your vote

Kera Peterson is president of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. This “Labor Voices” column appeared in the November 2020 issue of The Saint Paul Union Advocate. ***** The St. Paul Regional Labor Federation brings together more than 100 local unions representing over 50,000 union … [Continue Reading ...]