Letters to the Editor: Sequestration cuts, Ramsey County Sheriff’s budget

Letter: There is room for cuts in Pentagon budget As some of us see Labor Day as a vacation and celebration of Minnesota’s workforce, others are struggling to recover from the Great Recession. We’ve seen efforts to reduce health care and retirement benefits for workers on the grounds that there’s no money, yet there’s always […]

Walter Frederickson: A tax for the people, not on the people

Earlier this spring, I stood on the steamy streets of Chicago and witnessed a revival that my union brothers and sisters in the Windy City said was a long time coming. I’d been swept into town a day earlier along with hundreds of nurses, union members and others to help National Nurses United (of which […]

UNITE HERE Local 17: Bottom line is Vikes stadium will create jobs

The Vikings Stadium deal is done, and the members of UNITE HERE Local 17 are happy about that. We are happy about the jobs that it will provide over the next few years while it’s being built and about the jobs it will provide over the next 30+ years for our members. Local 17 represents […]

Bobby Kasper: Let’s make sure the next Legislature stands with workers

I breathed a sigh of relief when the Minnesota Legislature finally adjourned the 2012 session. It meant an end to the seemingly endless string of Republican attacks on Minnesota’s working families – attacks on our union rights, attacks on our wages and pensions, attacks on our voting rights and more. I’m writing today to say […]

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 […]

Prevailing Wage is good for workers, contractors and taxpayers

Editor’s note: Harry Melander is president of the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council, a position he has held since 2009. He also has served as executive secretary of the St. Paul Building and Trades Council since 2006. Melander wrote this column for the May 2012 Union Advocate. As Minnesotans, we expect our tax […]

Trans-Pacific Partnership is the latest free-trade scheme

Editor’s Note: Josh Wise is director of the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition, which advocates for trade policies that benefit working people and the environment. He wrote this “Labor Voices” column for the April 2012 Union Advocate. Those of you who fighting for good jobs know that so called “free trade agreements,” like NAFTA, have made […]

Talk to your friends about Right to Work

Editor’s Note: Bobby Kasper is president of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, which represents more than 100 local unions and their 50,000 members in Ramsey, Washington, Dakota and Chisago counties. The St. Paul RLF publishes The Union Advocate newspaper. Kasper wrote this “Labor Voices” column for the March 2012 Union Advocate. As union […]

We did it 40 years ago, and we can do it again

Editor’s Note: David Roe was elected president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO in October 1966 and served in that position until his retirement in December 1984. Prior to that, he served as president of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council and worked as representative for his own local union, Lathers Local 190. Roe wrote this […]