UFCW local honors Seaquist during last meeting as president

Don Seaquist oversees his last meeting as UFCW Local 1189 president, as Secretary-Treasurer Jennifer Christensen and Recording Secretary Jim Gleb look on.

Don Seaquist presided over his last meeting as United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189’s top officer last night. But Seaquist, who’s served as president of the local since 2003, did not go quietly into retirement. After thanking Local 1189’s members and staff, as well as his family members in attendance, Seaquist led his favorite […]

Retirees using education to debunk Social Security, Medicare myths

The Retiree Council's Tom Beer distributed information during a presentation on Social Security in Fridley, hosted by Congressman Keith Ellison's office.

Looking to combat popular myths and widespread misinformation surrounding Social Security and Medicare, the Minnesota State Retiree Council, AFL-CIO, is bringing a presentation on the federal safety-net programs to churches, union halls and civic centers across the state this election year. Tom Beer, president of the retiree council in Minneapolis, said the presentations are designed […]

Friedrichs is history (maybe), but Minnesota workers aren’t letting their guard down

Workday Minnesota Editor Barb Kucera (L) moderated a panel discussion with public-sector union leaders, including (L to R) Debbie Prokopf of MAPE, Tee McClenty of MSEA and Denise Specht of Education MN.

  Labor History Month kicked off in St. Paul last night with a discussion of history in the making, as panelists offered insight into public-sector workers’ recent push to breath new life into their unions and defend their right to a voice on the job. The public forum, titled “The Friedrichs Case and the Future […]

Building Trades remember the fallen on Workers Memorial Day


Members of the Building Trades paused yesterday in St. Paul to honor members of their unions who died as a result of work-related injuries or illnesses in the previous year. The annual Workers Memorial Day ceremony was to take place at the Workers Memorial Garden on the Capitol grounds, but organizers moved the event indoors, […]

On national day of action, union painters brighten disabled vet’s Shoreview home

Jordan Fry (front) of Painters Local 61 and Alan Legan of Local 386 finish the home's basement walls.

Volunteers from the Painters and Allied Trades helped ready a new home in Shoreview for the family of a disabled military veteran last weekend. The project was part of a nationwide day of volunteer activity, IUPAT Gives Back Day, sponsored by the union. Terry Nelson, business manager of Upper Midwest-based IUPAT District Council 82, said […]

Talking more than weather, ZeVan’s memoir recalls a career ‘among the giants’


Barry ZeVan – “the weatherman” to television viewers in Minnesota and across the country – has written a memoir that looks back on his career in broadcasting and show business, and he’s donating a share of proceeds from the book to two union charities. The 78-year-old ZeVan self-published “My Life Among the Giants” earlier this […]

Union job fair coming to St. Paul’s East Side April 14


Take the first step toward a career in construction, manufacturing, government, health care, hospitality or retail at the Union Job and Resource Fair April 14 at the East Side Freedom Library. Employers and union representatives at the event will provide information to both ready-to-hire job seekers and young people exploring their career options. Interpreters will […]

For St. Paul plumbers, giving back is an annual tradition

Fourth-year Local 34 apprentice Matt Theis searches for the source of a water leak in a basement on St. Paul’s East Side, while Colby Willson (L) and Jason Miller look on.

Members of St. Paul Plumbers Local 34 and union plumbers from across Minnesota volunteered to fix plumbing problems for elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners during the annual “Water’s Off” service event March 19. For the 22nd consecutive year, union plumbers provided free labor, and their employers, members of the Minnesota Mechanical Contractors Association, donated replacement […]

Remembering Wayne Wittman, the conscience of St. Paul’s labor community

Wittman (L) observing elections in El Salvador with Ernest Jenkins.

Wayne Wittman, who served as chair of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation’s Community Services Committee for three decades, died unexpectedly Wednesday. He was 86. A passionate activist for peace and social justice, Wittman attended the labor federation’s first meeting at the new St. Paul Labor Center earlier this month. Today at the same labor […]

In Minnesota, public-sector workers building power from the inside out


They may no longer be on the brink of a Supreme Court-imposed Right-to-Work rule, but Minnesota’s public-sector union members aren’t celebrating. They’re organizing. “What we got was a reprieve, not clemency – and surely not a pardon,” Education Minnesota attorney Meg Luger-Nikolai warned a standing-room-only audience of activists last night at the East Side Freedom […]


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