Unions’ pre-apprenticeship program puts more Minnesotans on path to construction careers

Thirty-five Minnesotans are a big step closer to family-sustaining careers in the unionized construction industry after graduating from the Building Strong Communities program last week. Elected officials, union leaders, employers and family members gathered for a ceremony May 5 at North Hennepin Community College to recognize graduates of the pre-apprenticeship program for women, veterans and […]

Unions honor fallen tradespeople on Workers Memorial Day

Twin Cities Building Trades councils observed Workers Memorial Day with a ceremony on the Capitol grounds today, remembering union tradespeople who died from workplace injuries and illnesses over the past year and rededicating their organizations to the cause of safer worksites. “Every worker, regardless of their language, their gender, their skin color, their age or […]

St. Paul Starbucks workers win union election

Baristas in St. Paul won their union election today, giving Minnesota its first corporate-owned, unionized Starbucks.

County attorneys take aim at criminal wage theft

“It’s not a clerical mistake; people are actually stealing,” Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said. “And I think this is one of those areas that needs improvement to make sure these cases get the attention of the justice system.”

In memoir, United Hospital nurse reflects on experiences in COVID ICU

After accepting a post in United Hospital’s COVID intensive care unit, Amanda V. Peterson began writing as a form of what she calls “paper therapy.” Two years later her memoir has sold out its first press run in just three weeks.

Roslyn Robertson: ‘Every fatality crosses my desk, and my stomach just cringes’

Minnesota’s labor commissioner discusses the state’s efforts to promote safe workplaces and more in this Union Advocate interview.

General counsel will urge NLRB to deem captive audience meetings illegal

For over 70 years the NLRB has allowed employers to use captive audience meetings to stifle organizing drives, but the board’s new general counsel wants that to change.

After pandemic hiatus, Plumbers union brings back Water’s Off service day

Several Twin Cities homeowners received free service through local union plumbers’ annual Water’s Off service initiative last month.

Bree Halverson: Buying clean and fair for workers and the environment

“Buy Clean” is a policy to promote spending taxpayer dollars on materials that are manufactured in a cleaner, more efficient, environmentally friendly manner, while supporting family-sustaining jobs and building globally competitive domestic manufacturing.

Union carpenters spotlight tax fraud in construction industry

Payroll fraud drains $136 million from state coffers each year in Minnesota alone, according to one recent study.