Smith hits the ground running in fight to save pensions

The newly appointed senator landed one of eight seats on a congressional “super-committee” to address the looming retirement crisis.

USW’s Parzino made a career of paper, politics and putting working folks first

“Steelworkers have always believed in strong health and safety, not only for ourselves but the communities we live and work in.”

Jesse Paggen: We can emerge stronger after Janus – and we must

“My union has been working hard to make certain we don’t let any divide-and-conquer techniques rip us apart.”

Candidates for governor vie for labor support at state AFL-CIO forum

The four DFLers were united in opposing right-to-work legislation and supporting union organizing and collective bargaining.

Labor-endorsed Karla Bigham fights ‘for an economy that works for everyone’

Bigham, a DFLer and longtime resident of Cottage Grove, is the labor-endorsed candidate in a Feb. 12 special election in Senate District 54.

Bobby Kasper: Raising wages starts at home

In St. Paul, we can cross our fingers and wait for corporate tax cuts to trickle down, or we can pass a $15 minimum wage that ensures no one working in our city lives in poverty.

Dave Zirin: The ‘megaphone of sports’ is more global, powerful than ever

“We’re taught sports is this level playing field, this epitome of America, where anybody who’s good can make it. Yet the reality is it’s a very unlevel playing field.”

Bobby Kasper: A stocking stuffed with tax cuts for the wealthy

With an unsettling lack of bipartisanship or debate, Republicans in both the Senate and House of Representatives have passed sweeping measures to reform the U.S. tax code in ways that would rig our system even more favorably toward corporations and the rich. Now, Congressional leaders are working overtime to get President Trump’s signature on the […]

Roy Magnuson: Labor unity is key as St. Paul turns the page

An intense St. Paul election cycle ended with a decisive win for Melvin Carter as mayor and similarly decisive wins for John Brodrick, Jeannie Foster and Marny Xiong in the school board race. Labor was a united force in the less prominent school board race, and a split force in the mayor’s race. With the […]

AFSCME Council 5’s founding director to step down – but keep fighting

Eliot Seide was even more fired up than usual when he sat down for a Thursday-morning interview at AFSCME Council 5’s South St. Paul offices last month. News had just broken that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear a case with the potential to weaken public-sector workers’ collective bargaining power, and it had Seide and […]