Photos: A ‘concrete Christmas’ for Cement Masons Local 633

  Decking the apprenticeship hall with festive concrete has become an annual tradition at Cement Masons Local 633. The local hosted a holiday party at its training center in New Brighton last night, and members strolled through a “Peanuts”-themed winter wonderland fashioned by first- and second-year apprentices. All of the work to create the concrete […]

Local 633 apprentices deck the training hall with festive seasonal display

It looked a lot like Christmas earlier this month at the Cement Masons Local 633 apprenticeship training center in New Brighton, where the local’s 20 first- and second-year apprentices constructed an enormous seasonal landscape out of concrete. The display, unveiled to members at the local’s holiday party last week, spreads across the floor of the […]

IBEW holiday lights glow through New Year’s Day in Phalen Park

IBEW Holiday Lights in the Park, the larger-than-life display of holiday-themed light sculptures, will open its gates Nov. 26 and light up St. Paul’s Phalen Park nightly through New Year’s Day. Developed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and King of Kings Lutheran Church of Woodbury, Holiday Lights in the Park is a volunteer-run, […]

Fair Trade/Union Made Holiday Sale in Minneapolis Dec. 8

Skip Black Friday and try a sweatshop-free shopping spree instead with the annual Fair Trade/Union Made Holiday Sale in Minneapolis. A benefit for the nonprofit Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition, the sale will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the CWA Local 7200 Hall, 3521 E. Lake St. Vendors include Ten Thousand […]

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 […]

Renowned conductor, Minnesota Chorale join benefit for SPCO’s locked-out musicians

Locked out of their jobs, the Musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are looking to grow public support in their ongoing dispute with orchestra management by doing what they do best – performing world-class music for their fans. The Musicians of the SPCO will partner with the Minnesota Chorale, the region’s premier symphonic chorus, […]

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, […]

Five years later, Electrical Workers’ holiday lights still a big hit with families

IBEW Holiday Lights in the Park has come a long way since its inception in 2008. What began as a family-friendly way to raise funds for worthy Twin Cities charities has since spawned a concert series and four albums of holiday music, raising $170,000 for its non-profit partners along the way. But in spite of […]

Labor of Love helps families in need during holiday season

Greater Twin Cities United Way and the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation’s AFL-CIO Community Services program are co-sponsoring the Labor of Love – Adopt a Family holiday program, collecting donations to support families in need in the East Metro area. Tax-deductible donations will be used to purchase gift cards from union grocers. Gift cards will […]

Put your holiday shopping dollars to work at Fair Trade Coalition gift sale

Holiday shopping season is right around the corner. Shoppers looking to give gifts but avoid products made in sweatshops should mark Dec. 2 on their calendars; that’s when the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition will hold its annual Fair Trade/Union Made Holiday Sale. The sale features products made by workers treated fairly and ethically by their […]