Union volunteers building Super-sized ice palace in St. Paul (photos)

Building Trades volunteers are building the city’s most ambitious ice palace in over a decade. Construction of the 4,000-block, 70-foot tall structure began last week, and it’s on track to wrap up before the St. Paul Winter Carnival begins its 17-day run Jan. 25. Festival organizers anticipate Super Bowl visitors will flock to Rice Park […]

Prominent activist to talk $15, #MeToo with tipped workers in St. Paul

Saru Jayaraman’s work reveals the tip penalty’s troubling impact on working conditions in the restaurant industry, especially regarding sexual harassment.

Teachers look beyond ‘cookie-cutter’ signs and banners with community art build

Teachers in St. Paul are throwing out the playbook in contract negotiations with the district this year. Banners, signs and posters in the union’s storage closet are on the way out, too. Educators, parents, students and community stakeholders will work together on new, artist-designed signs and banners this weekend at a “community art build” co-hosted […]

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 […]

Retiree council plans annual fundraising bash

Good times will roll at the Minnesota State Retiree Council’s fundraiser April 29, and people of any age are welcome to join in the fun. The 14th Annual State Retiree Council Fun(d)raiser will extend from 3 to 7 p.m. at a new venue, the St. Paul Labor Center, 353 W. 7th St., near the Smith […]

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 […]

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, […]

Landmark Center gallery revisits Ford plant’s final years

The Twin Cities Assembly Plant and its workers are the focus of a special photo exhibition hosted by St. Paul’s Landmark Center through Nov. 27. Curated by local author and historian Brian McMahon, the retrospective showcases the work of two local photographers, David Parker and Dan Huseby. Their work helps illustrate McMahon’s forthcoming book, “The […]

Labor Chorus summer concert is July 26

The Twin Cities Labor Chorus plans to get loud at the library during its annual summer concert July 26, billed as a “night of song, solidarity and rediscovering the power of raising our voices together.” What: The Fourth Annual Twin Cities Labor Sing When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 Where: East Side Freedom Library, 1105 […]

East Side Freedom Library plans labor-history events in June

Public events at the East Side Freedom Library this month include a discussion of German immigrants’ contribution to the the local labor movement, as well as a free Labor Movie Night screening. The independent, non-profit library is located at 1105 Greenbrier St. in St. Paul. “The German Contribution to St. Paul’s Labor History” As part […]