For 20 years, Lynne Larkin-Wright helped union members get through the ‘bumps on the road’

Union members in economic crisis have had a friend in Lynne Larkin-Wright, who retired July 2 from her position as an AFL-CIO Community Services liaison in St. Paul.

Excluded from unemployment benefits, hourly school workers speak out: ‘It is insulting’

School employees have been fighting to change the law restricting their access to UI benefits for decades. Now, the pandemic has brought the issue to a tipping point.

Unions push pandemic response leaving no worker behind

Unions seek protective gear, emergency sick leave, bonding bill as part of pandemic response.

In some local unions, #MeToo has galvanized members

Workplace cultures don’t change on their own.

With pension and bonding bills, Dayton saves best for last

Dayton has “firmly cemented his legacy as a champion for working people,” Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy said.

Day of action unites working people in St. Paul, nationwide

Public-sector workers aren’t cowering from the Janus decision. And they aren’t standing alone, either.

State employees to lawmakers: You got your raises, now approve ours

Union members rolled out the welcome mat for state lawmakers today, four months after a legislative subcommittee pulled the rug out from under their contracts.

Minnesota gained 46,000 union members last year, reversing decade-long decline

Working people’s voice grew stronger last year in Minnesota, where organizing gains pushed union membership to its highest point since 2004.

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 […]

Eliot Seide: How to survive and thrive in a right-to-work nation

I believe our unions can survive and thrive in a right-to-work nation. America isn’t powered by quitters and neither is our labor movement. We’re committed to our members, to each other, and to our communities. With President Trump and Justice Gorsuch, we know right-to-work will happen. The only question is how soon. Survival won’t be […]