Author sees reason for hope in Wisconsin recall campaign

Progressive writer John Nichols energized and entertained during a May 2 lecture at the Carpenters Union Hall in St. Paul, providing a first-hand, insider’s account of union protests that swept across Wisconsin last year, sparking a renewed interest in grassroots democracy and progressive activism nationwide. Nichols, a Wisconsin-based writer for The Nation magazine and author […]

It’s ‘Game Day’ for Vikings stadium

A game-day atmosphere filled the Capitol rotunda today, as the Minnesota Vikings staged a pep rally with fans, union members and current and former players. They urged state lawmakers to pass a bill funding construction of a new stadium in Minneapolis – and creating an estimated 13,000 jobs. Vikings fans dressed in purple jerseys mingled […]

Workers expose Verizon’s corporate greed

In public actions across the Twin Cities yesterday, union workers asked consumers to stop buying Verizon Wireless products until the company starts dealing fairly with its workers. Members the Communications Workers of America distributed leaflets outside the Verizon Store in Roseville and on the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, rebranding the company “VeriGreedy” for its treatment […]

Unions give stadium, bonding bills one last push before House vote Monday

Union members swarmed the Minnesota Capitol today in a last-ditch effort to drum up support among lawmakers for two bills that, together, would create tens of thousands of jobs for union members in the struggling construction trades. The bills – one to build and repair the state’s infrastructure and another to finance construction of a new […]

Workers to keep pressure on Verizon with May 3 picket in Roseville

Apparently, Verizon didn’t get the message the first time. On March 22, union members protested outside Verizon Stores across the country in a “Verizon National Day of Action.” Tomorrow workers nationwide will stage more informational pickets, timed to coincide with the company’s annual shareholder meeting Alabama. In the Twin Cities, the informational picket will take […]

With time running out at the Capitol, unions plan rally for jobs

Before adjourning the 2012 legislative session, Minnesota lawmakers could act on a pair of bills that, if passed, would create nearly 50,000 family-sustaining jobs. But on Tuesday it appeared Republican majorities in the House and Senate were more preoccupied with saving their own. By law, the session must adjourn by May 21. That means the […]

On Workers Memorial Day, unions remember the fallen

In Workers Memorial Day ceremonies held across the country April 27 to 30, union members paused to remember the men and women who died on the job or as a result of work-related injury or disease in the previous year. In St. Paul, Building Trades unions from the Twin Cities metro area held a ceremony […]

Pipefitters Local 455 apprentice wins national competition

Wyatt Carlson, an apprentice member of St. Paul Pipefitters-Steamfitters Local 455, won first place in the United Association National Apprenticeship Competition in Ann Arbor, Mich., earlier this year. “Local 455’s officers and members are all proud of Brother Carlson’s accomplishments,” the union said in a statement. Carlson’s accomplishments also include winning first place in the […]

Together, we can make Minnesota a safer place to work

Editor’s note: Ken Peterson was appointed commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry by Gov. Mark Dayton in December 2010. Previously, he served in the same position from 1988 to 1990. Peterson wrote this guest column on Workers Memorial Day for the May 2012 Union Advocate. Each year Workers Memorial Day is celebrated […]

Letter Carriers urge to Franken to shape postal reform

Letter Carriers delivered a message to Minnesota Sen. Al Franken on April 17, gathering outside DFLer’s office in St. Paul to urge him not to support efforts afoot in Congress to dismantle the U.S. Postal Service. Roughly 50 people took part in the early-evening demonstration, organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Members of […]