A ‘prime opportunity’ for workers, communities to take on Amazon

A century ago, farmer, labor and community activists used an octopus to depict capitalist greed grasping for control over social, economic and political life. Today, it is hard to imagine a more appropriate metaphor for Amazon.

No picnics, no parades, but Freedom Library will mark Labor Day with virtual event on organizing Amazon

The East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul will celebrate Labor Day early and online this year, with a virtual discussion about worker organizing at the world’s largest retailer, Amazon. The event, “Labor Day Ain’t No Picnic,” will broadcast on the ESFL’s Facebook and YouTube pages Sept. 3, bringing together activists who are using research, […]

More than a building, a building block on city’s East Side

There’s a new book about St. Paul’s East Side Freedom Library, and it offers “a nicely woven story about a place, a people and a public space,” according to our reviewer.

Lessons from labor history can inform our labor movement during COVID-19 crisis

The Minneapolis Teamsters strikes of 1934 offer lessons valuable to our present challenge.

Strikes surge nationwide

#RedForEd movement, sluggish wage growth behind big uptick in major work stoppages.

New labor college launching this spring in St. Paul

New Brookwood Labor College looks to build the labor movement of the future by educating workers into the working class.

In some local unions, #MeToo has galvanized members

Workplace cultures don’t change on their own.

Dig into labor history with Untold Stories

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library rolls out its Untold Stories series each May for Labor History Month. The series focuses on workers’ rights.

Friends’ labor history series looks back on ‘World in Turmoil’

May is labor history month, and for the last 18 years, the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library have marked the occasion with a series of labor-related programs in the city’s libraries and union halls. The award-winning “Untold Stories” series will continue this May, with an appropriately severe theme for the dawn of the […]

As local preemption debate heats up, new book charts CA city’s progressive renewal

Mayoral elections are on the horizon in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Corporate lobbyists at the Minnesota Capitol are taking aim at local ordinances expanding access to earned sick and safe time. The timing, it seems, couldn’t be better for author Steve Early’s book reading and discussion at 7 p.m. March 7 at the East […]