Union ambassadors make case for public schools in St. Paul

SPFT members are helping their district reverse declining enrollment by doing what unions do best: organizing.

SPFT, district reach agreement, pledge to take on funding shortfalls together

Members of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers will not strike tomorrow, but they aren’t walking away from the fight for fully funded schools.

Workers, parents show unity with St. Paul teachers after strike vote

Several unions representing thousands of working people in St. Paul offered up statements of solidarity with SPFT members. 

Teachers, allies keep heat on Ecolab, U.S. Bank as Super Bowl party ramps up

Activists called out the corporations funding the Super Bowl for prioritizing a high-profile game over people’s lives.

St. Paul Federation of Teachers schedules strike vote

Frustrated by the St. Paul Public Schools’ refusal to take up their top priorities in contract negotiations, SPFT members will take a strike authorization vote Jan. 31.

Union coat drive will help St. Paul’s homeless youth keep warm

“If students don’t know how they’re going to stay warm on their way home – or if they’ll be able to stay warm when they get there – it’s really hard to focus during school.”

Community Ed offers courses in labor history, construction careers

Want to learn more about local labor history? Looking to explore career opportunities in the construction trades? Community Ed has you covered.

Teachers to large nonprofits: ‘We all have a stake’ in St. Paul schools

Tom Stinson, a school nurse at Harding Senior High, sat across a table from two representatives of Allina Health last month and painted an unsettling picture. “Our kids will usually go to the nurse in their school eight times before they access any health care outside the school,” Stinson said. “They don’t get to the […]

Voters back labor-endorsed candidates, referendums in local elections

Labor-endorsed candidates performed well in municipal and school-board elections across the East Metro area Nov. 7, while voters in four large suburban school districts approved major school-funding requests that drew support from local unions. Kera Peterson, political director of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, which issues unified labor endorsements in local races, credited endorsed […]

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 […]