Unions urge members to volunteer on United Way Action Day

Whether you have 15 minutes or four hours to spare, you can make a big difference in your community on United Way Action Day, a volunteer event Aug. 22 sponsored by Greater Twin Cities United Way. The St. Paul Regional Labor Federation’s Labor Studies and Resource Center is seeking volunteers from the union community for […]

Union to hold fundraiser for Minnesota flood victims July 26

Local 1189 of the United Food and Commercial Workers will host a fundraiser for victims of flooding across northeastern Minnesota last month. The benefit will take place July 26, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the local’s union hall in South St. Paul, 266 Hardman Ave. North, and will feature “food, fun and solidarity.” Proceeds […]

Letter Carriers collect 300,000 pounds of food for Second Harvest

St. Paul Letter carriers collected more than 300,000 pounds of non-perishable food items May 12 during their union’s annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. The estimated total is a slight improvement over last year’s total – and a big boost for emergency food shelves maintained by Second Harvest Heartland in the East Metro area. The […]

Labor Bowl fundraiser nets $14,000 for AFL-CIO Community Services program

The St. Paul Regional Labor Federation’s annual Labor Bowl event May 3 raised more than $14,000 raised for the St. Paul Labor Studies and Resource Center, making it the most successful Labor Bowl the Regional Labor Federation has ever hosted. The bowling fundraiser at Midway Pro Bowl in St. Paul drew 16 teams. Sponsors included […]

On Saturday, May 12, help Letter Carriers ‘stamp out hunger’

Remember to place a bag of non-perishable food items near your mailbox Saturday, May 12, date of the 20th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, organized nationwide by the National Association of Letter Carriers union. The food drive is the nation’s largest one-day food drive, and letter carriers throughout the metro area will be participating. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Minnesota Union Leadership Program accepting applications through May 18

The University of Minnesota Labor Education Service is currently accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Minnesota Union Leadership Program, which will begin in September. Through six in-depth sessions scheduled over nine months, program participants will study the labor movement and discuss how to address the challenges facing unions today. This program provides the opportunity for emerging […]

Union plumbers provide help for Minnesota homeowners in need

On one Saturday each year, hundreds of Minnesota plumbers step up to improve the lives of members of their communities through the Water’s Off program. These union volunteers fix plumbing problems for elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners, reducing their water consumption and their water bills. The 2012 Water’s Off event March 31 drew a total […]

Writer takes aim at U.S. immigration policy

Something critical gets lost amid all the hysteria and bluster that passes for immigration policy debate in the U.S., according to prominent labor photojournalist David Bacon. That something, he said in a lecture April 12 in St. Paul, is this: “We’re talking about human beings.” If politicians really wanted to reform U.S. immigration policy, Bacon […]