As Super Bowl approaches, NFL players take sides in local labor standoffs

Players union stands with Teamsters at U of M, calls out Franklin Street Bakery co-owner for abusing workers’ rights.

Workers to give Franklin Street Bakery owners a ‘taste of justice’

Fighting hunger is a worthy cause, but workers at a local bakery say their bosses should start by paying them a living wage. Workers at Franklin Street Bakery in Minneapolis are planning “A Taste of Justice” next Saturday, Feb. 4, the same night their bosses, Wayne Kostrowski and Mark Haugen, will throw their glitzy fundraiser, […]

In Minnesota, apprenticeship model expanding to other industries

Apprenticeship has long been the backbone of the Building Trades unions. Their on-the-job training programs put workers on a path to family-sustaining careers while ensuring union contractors have access to the highly skilled labor pool they need to remain competitive. It’s a win-win model. Now, with a push from the federal government, unions and employers […]

Letters to the Editor: Thanks from sugar workers

(This letter was received by Bobby Kasper, president of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation. In addition to donating funds to the locked-out workers’ cause, the RLF organized two holiday drives, collecting more than $50,000 worth of toys, household supplies and cash donations for sugar workers and their families.) Dear President Bobby Kasper, We would […]

Operation Christmas Solidarity to support Crystal Sugar workers

The St. Paul Regional Labor Federation and American Income Life will sponsor a second Operation Christmas Solidarity this year, with proceeds of the gift, toy and household-goods drive benefiting families of workers who have been locked out of their jobs by American Crystal Sugar. Over 1,300 members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain […]

Holiday baking? Be sure not to use Crystal Sugar!

This holiday season, your Christmas cookies will taste better knowing union-busting Crystal Sugar isn’t among the ingredients. The Moorhead-based company has locked 1,300 union workers out of their jobs for 16 months, prompting the AFL-CIO to call a nationwide boycott. The easiest way to avoid buying Crystal Sugar is to buy cane sugar, like the C&H brand, […]

Hostess liquidation means layoffs for area outlet store workers

Fallout from Hostess Brands’ decision to cease operations has extended to about 20 union workers in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, who face layoffs as the bankrupt baker begins liquidating its assets. Hostess’ bakery outlet stores, which sell day-old Wonder Bread, Twinkies and other Hostess products, have been shuttering operations gradually since last Friday, when the […]

AFL-CIO calls consumer boycott of Crystal Sugar

It’s finally official: The AFL-CIO has endorsed a nationwide consumer boycott of American Crystal Sugar products in response to the company’s 15-month lockout of 1,300 workers at facilities in Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota. The boycott, which began Oct. 15,  is part of the broader labor movement’s continued support for locked-out members of the Bakery, Confectionery, […]

Farm Bill stalls, McCollum and Ellison join call for Crystal Sugar to end lockout

American Crystal Sugar appears to be losing favor in Congress at a time when the company needs it most. With the federal Farm Bill stalled in the House of Representatives, 37 members of Congress, including Minnesota Reps. Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison, advised Crystal Sugar CEO Dave Berg to get serious about finding “common ground” […]

Singing for a settlement: Labor Chorus plans benefit for Crystal Sugar workers

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of American Crystal Sugar’s decision to lock out its 1,300 union workers at facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa, the Twin Cities Labor Chorus and the Lex-Ham Community Theater will present an evening of songs and words of action in support of the locked-out workers – and, […]