Machinists approve new contract with East Metro dealerships

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Union workers at 22 auto dealerships in St. Paul and the East Metro suburbs voted Sunday to ratify a new three-year agreement with their employers that includes annual wage increases of 2 percent. The contract, which took effect today, covers about 600 members of Machinists District 77, including mechanics, parts personnel and service technicians. [Click […]

Sarah Caruso: Strength through the years, building for the future

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“It takes strength to stand alone, it takes courage to lean on another…” – From the poem “It Takes Courage,” by Anonymous We at Greater Twin Cities United Way work to help people and communities realize their full potential. But we cannot accomplish this work alone; it’s most effective when everyone participates through the strength […]

Building Trades remember the fallen on Workers Memorial Day

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Members of the Building Trades paused yesterday in St. Paul to honor members of their unions who died as a result of work-related injuries or illnesses in the previous year. The annual Workers Memorial Day ceremony was to take place at the Workers Memorial Garden on the Capitol grounds, but organizers moved the event indoors, […]

Ken Peterson: Fight for safer workplaces continues in Minnesota, worldwide

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Workers Memorial Day is observed each April 28 because President Richard Nixon signed the OSHA law on that date in 1970. He called it the most significant legislation for working people enacted in American history. The new workplace-safety law was the culmination of decades of work by unions and safety advocates to reduce on-the-job deaths […]

On national day of action, union painters brighten disabled vet’s Shoreview home

Jordan Fry (front) of Painters Local 61 and Alan Legan of Local 386 finish the home's basement walls.

Volunteers from the Painters and Allied Trades helped ready a new home in Shoreview for the family of a disabled military veteran last weekend. The project was part of a nationwide day of volunteer activity, IUPAT Gives Back Day, sponsored by the union. Terry Nelson, business manager of Upper Midwest-based IUPAT District Council 82, said […]

Nursing home workers see Fight for $15 as vital to quality care

Golden Living Center workers Rhoda Brown (L) and Tsge Abraham rally for a fair contract outside the company's Lakeridge site in Roseville.

On the same day over 100 Twin Cities fast-food workers went on strike, area nursing home workers took up the “Fight for $15” as well, rallying outside a Roseville care center for a contract that includes fair wages. Employees of Golden Living Center welcomed nursing-home residents, striking fast-food workers and other supporters to an informational […]

Unions, employers reach out to St. Paul’s East Side at job fair

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Regional Labor Federation Bobby Kasper welcome job seekers and employers to the Union Job & Resource Fair at the East Side Freedom Library.

Union employers, apprenticeship programs and community service agencies set up shop on St. Paul’s East Side last night, recruiting talent from the distinctly working-class neighborhood and beyond at the Union Jobs and Resource Fair. Many Latino, Hmong, Karen and East African families call the East Side home, and the job fair, organized by the St. […]

For Minnesota’s women workers, ‘Equal Pay Day’ no cause for celebration

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Women working in Minnesota will earn $382,360 less than their male counterparts, on average, over the course of a 40-year career. As bad as that sounds, Minnesota’s lifetime wage gap is actually better than the national average. Pay disparities between women and men are in the spotlight today on “Equal Pay Day,” but it’s not […]

In tough talks with Allina, Teamsters win wage increases, avoid strike

Allina Home Oxygen and Medical Equipment workers prepared for a strike just days before ratifying a last-minute contract Saturday. (Local 120 photo)

Members of Teamsters Local 120 who provide home-delivery of oxygen and medical equipment for Allina Health ratified a new contract Saturday, narrowly avoiding a work stoppage. Frustrated by management’s refusal to consider meaningful wage increases in negotiating sessions last month, the 42 members of Local 120 unanimously authorized their bargaining team to call a strike […]

Talking more than weather, ZeVan’s memoir recalls a career ‘among the giants’

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Barry ZeVan – “the weatherman” to television viewers in Minnesota and across the country – has written a memoir that looks back on his career in broadcasting and show business, and he’s donating a share of proceeds from the book to two union charities. The 78-year-old ZeVan self-published “My Life Among the Giants” earlier this […]

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