Leadership changes, but Trades’ focus remains on building careers, communities

A new president gaveled the 75th convention of the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council to order at Madden’s on Gull Lake today, as delegates unanimously affirmed their Executive Board in electing Laborers Local 563 Business Manager Joe Fowler to lead the statewide organization.   President Emeritus Harry Melander, who retired in June after […]

On right to work and prevailing wage, it’s Walz … or Wisconsin

“People will tell you, ‘I’m not into politics,’” Walz told tradespeople. “You tell them too damn bad because politics is into you.”

Workers trust Ellison to have their back as AG

Hostility toward unions has been a common thread running through Doug Wardlow’s career.

Retiree Council president: ‘You can’t just ride off into the sunset’

A former diesel mechanic and longtime Machinist, McInnis became president of the Retiree Council last month.

Labor unites behind Walz for governor

Unions are joining forces to elect one of their own to the state’s highest office.

At organizing boot camp, workers look to build power from the inside out

It takes a strong union to bargain a strong contract. Or, as CWA Local 7304 member Jim Wiebe put it: “A hammer doesn’t swing by itself.” A union steward and welder at the New Flyer bus facility in St. Cloud, Wiebe was one of 55 activists from across the Midwest who traveled to St. Paul […]

Supreme Court ‘weaponizes’ First Amendment to attack public-sector workers

“The First Amendment was meant for better things,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote in a dissent to the 5-4 decision.

Anti-union ‘paycheck deception’ bill advances in Minnesota House

Paycheck deception would “make it harder for working people to join together in common purpose,” Minnesota AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Julie Blaha said.

Jesse Paggen: We can emerge stronger after Janus – and we must

“My union has been working hard to make certain we don’t let any divide-and-conquer techniques rip us apart.”

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.