U.S. workplace fatalities on the rise, unions warn

Minnesota, according to an AFL-CIO report, had the 31st highest rate of workplace deaths among states in 2016.

Kera Peterson: Political action critical to defending our basic freedoms

We are strongest when we come together in union. This November, voters will be asked to choose between candidates who support this basic freedom and those who don’t.

Ken Peterson: Safety legislation offers lesson in policy over party

April 28 is Workers Memorial Day, meant to remember those who were killed at work and to advocate for improved worker safety and health. The day is also a useful reminder that elected representatives don’t need to be locked in acrimony and positional politics and that they can help. Though the pain is great with […]

Dig into labor history with Untold Stories

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library rolls out its Untold Stories series each May for Labor History Month. The series focuses on workers’ rights.

Restaurant industry pushes tip penalty; unions and tipped workers push back

The industry says it’s in trouble, but job openings in Minnesota restaurants have increased by 200 percent since 2014, when the minimum wage began to climb.

Area Building Trades councils honored for community outreach

The national award recognizes Minnesota unions’ efforts to recruit and prepare women, people of color and veterans for construction apprenticeships.

Expo shows off 49ers’ training center, apprenticeship program

The union’s training grounds sprawl across 400 acres east of Hinckley. The $10 million facility opened in 2006, and some 5,000 people pass through annually.

Delta touts ‘direct relationship,’ but workers eye strength in numbers

“If this is a family,” one Delta ramp worker said, “it’s the most dysfunctional family I’ve ever been a part of.”

Unions, contractors provide plumbing repairs to homeowners in need

St. Paul Plumbers Local 34 turned out more apprentice volunteers in 2018 than ever before – an encouraging sign for the future of “Water’s Off” locally.

Union strong, Metro Mobility drivers fight to save their jobs

A non-union firm has dangled a cheaper price tag, but Teamsters warn the switch will come at a cost to the vulnerable adults Metro Mobility serves.