Labor 2012 Endorsed: Eagan deserves better than Doug Wardlow

Laurie Halverson is seeking to unseat Republican Rep. Doug Wardlow in House District 51B (map). For union members in the district, the two candidates should need no further introduction. In his first term at the Capitol, Wardlow took up anti-worker Right to Work legislation as his personal pet cause, pushing a constitutional amendment on the […]

Labor 2012 Endorsed: Life of public service leads Clausen to Senate run

Greg Clausen’s calling in life is to be a public servant, and when the Legislature convenes next year, Clausen hopes to be serving the voting public of Senate District 57 (map) at the State Capitol. “Running for Senate is a continuation of my life’s work,” said Clausen, an Apple Valley resident who has been a fixture […]

Labor 2012 Endorsed: Carlson, Masin, Morgan eye return to Legislature

Jim Carlson, Sandy Masin and Will Morgan are hoping voters who bounced them from office two years ago will show buyer’s remorse in 2012. All three DFLers represented suburban areas south of St. Paul, including Burnsville, Eagan and Lakeville, from 2007 to 2010, but they were swept out of office by a wave of support […]

For unions, opposition to marriage amendment swells from grassroots

Mary Larson Dennis, a social worker and member of AFSCME Local 151, remembers exactly the moment when she decided the freedom to marry wasn’t just a gay-rights issue, but a union issue as well. It was March 2011, and Dennis, then an officer in her union, was making the rounds on a lunch break, talking […]

Union musicians locked out on both sides of the Mississippi River

Union musicians in Minneapolis and St. Paul have been locked out of their jobs by the Minneapolis-based Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), leaving a deafening void in the Twin Cities cultural scene. SPCO musicians, who had been working under a “talk-and-play” agreement after their contract expired in September, were locked out […]

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, […]