Labor blood drive in St. Paul Dec. 4

The St. Paul Regional Labor Federation will co-sponsor a blood drive Dec. 4 with the federation’s AFL-CIO Labor Community Action Committee, the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the American Red Cross’ North Central Blood Services. The blood drive will run from 1 to 6 p.m. at the St. Paul Labor and Professional Centre, 411 […]

Bobby Kasper: Obama, Democrats the right choice for union members

We are at a political crossroads. The economy is still struggling from the devastatingly deep hole that President Obama inherited from George W. Bush. The political action that we take today through November 6 will decide our future as union members. We have a responsibility to get out the vote, with our state and federation […]

Project HEAT’S ON assists Minnesota low-income, elderly homeowners

Union pipefitters and members of the Minnesota Mechanical Contractors Association teamed up for the 27th consecutive year to provide free furnace inspection and repair for low-income seniors and disabled homeowners in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, Mankato and Rochester. HEAT’S ON (Handicapped and Elderly Assistance To Service Our Neighbors) drew 176 union volunteers Sept. 29, […]

Labor 2012: Minnesota unions eye legislative seats in suburban areas

On a sunny Saturday morning Oct. 20, dozens of union volunteers trickled into a coffee shop downtown Burnsville. They paired up, gathered routes and handbills, and fanned out across the suburb, knocking on fellow union members’ doors and talking about their labor-endorsed candidate for Minnesota House, Will Morgan. Similar campaign activities have been taking place […]

AFL-CIO calls consumer boycott of Crystal Sugar

It’s finally official: The AFL-CIO has endorsed a nationwide consumer boycott of American Crystal Sugar products in response to the company’s 15-month lockout of 1,300 workers at facilities in Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota. The boycott, which began Oct. 15,  is part of the broader labor movement’s continued support for locked-out members of the Bakery, Confectionery, […]

Vote No Way: Union members rally against voter restriction, anti-marriage amendments

More than 100 people joined a union-backed rally yesterday in Rice Park downtown St. Paul, voicing their support for statewide campaigns to vote “no” on constitutional amendments that would restrict Minnesotans’ freedoms and hurt their quality of life. The state’s largest labor federation, the 300,000-member Minnesota AFL-CIO, opposes both constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 […]

With contract set to expire Sunday, SPCO musicians ask supporters to take action

With their contract set to expire Sunday, the Musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are encouraging supporters to show their appreciation for the quality and artistry union members bring to the SPCO by attending one of two concerts this weekend – and by calling SPCO management. The SPCO will give performances of “American Romantics […]

October 2012: Remember when farmers and union members worked together?

With families across the Midwest struggling to keep their farms out of bank foreclosure, union members rallied with farmers Oct. 10, 1987, at the Heartland Jobs with Justice rally on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. About 40 Minnesotans were among the estimated 1,500 to 1,700 union members at the rally, Union Advocate Editor Barb Kucera reported […]

Farm Bill stalls, McCollum and Ellison join call for Crystal Sugar to end lockout

American Crystal Sugar appears to be losing favor in Congress at a time when the company needs it most. With the federal Farm Bill stalled in the House of Representatives, 37 members of Congress, including Minnesota Reps. Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison, advised Crystal Sugar CEO Dave Berg to get serious about finding “common ground” […]

Laborers’ motorcycle ride delivers $12,000 for charity

The ninth year of the Minnesota Laborers Ride for Charity proved another good one for the event’s beneficiary, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Twin Cities. The Aug. 18 benefit ride generated $12,000, the highest yearly amount raised, and brought the total contribution since the event began to over $64,000. The annual motorcycle ride is […]