Bobby Kasper: We’re organizing to amplify working people’s voice

State lawmakers are more than a month away from the deadline for finishing their work, and although negotiations over big-ticket items like the state budget, an infrastructure bill and long-term transportation investments have yet to begin in earnest, it already has been a disappointing legislative session for Minnesota’s working families. It’s been clear from the […]

Labor community, TEAM help get IBEW apprentice’s family on track

It seemed to Dustin Hudak that any time he made progress on his goals, disaster was bound to strike. One step forward, two steps back. But things are finally looking up for Hudak and his family, thanks to an apprenticeship with St. Paul-based Local 110 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and support from […]

Bobby Kasper: Solidarity is alive and thriving in St. Paul

  Last month at the East Side Freedom Library, I joined a roundtable discussion with historians, artists, trade unionists and community activists on the subject of solidarity. It was a lively, challenging and essential dialogue, and it served as another reminder of how fortunate we are in St. Paul to have a space like the […]

With Red Cross blood drive, striking nurses continue to care for community

Jennifer Mlodzik of Cottage Grove was among the first in line for a blood drive today near the United Hospital picket line, but she probably won’t be the last striking nurse who offers a little gallows humor to the Red Cross technicians. “Are you guys hiring?” Mlodzik asked the woman about to draw blood from […]

Allina nurses announce Labor Day strike deadline, as unions statewide pledge support

  Standing with leaders of unions representing workers across Minnesota, members of the Minnesota Nurses Association today announced they have delivered notice to Allina Health of their intent to begin an open-ended strike on Labor Day at five Twin Cities facilities. The two sides “regressed” in mediated talks earlier this week, MNA director Rose Roach […]

Peter Rachleff: East Side Freedom Library celebrates second anniversary

This summer, the East Side Freedom Library is celebrating its second anniversary. Our roots lie in the vision that Dave Roe and Rudy Perpich had in the 1990s of a Labor History Center to tell the stories of the state’s workers and their labor movement, and our branches grow far and wide, reaching out to […]

Allina nurses’ strike lines swelling with solidarity

  Allina nurses are walking the picket lines outside five Twin Cities health care facilities this week, but they aren’t walking alone. Patients, doctors and other health care workers have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with members of the Minnesota Nurses Association over the last four days. So have members of other unions – teachers, musicians, construction workers […]

Campaign schools to kick off labor’s 2016 election push

The most recent state legislative session was a mess, with lawmakers failing to act to repair Minnesota’s crumbling transportation infrastructure or make jobs-creating investments in transit and public works. Electing legislators who will put the state’s working families first is a top priority for labor this year, and the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation will […]

Sarah Caruso: Strength through the years, building for the future

“It takes strength to stand alone, it takes courage to lean on another…” – From the poem “It Takes Courage,” by Anonymous We at Greater Twin Cities United Way work to help people and communities realize their full potential. But we cannot accomplish this work alone; it’s most effective when everyone participates through the strength […]

Unions, employers reach out to St. Paul’s East Side at job fair

Union employers, apprenticeship programs and community service agencies set up shop on St. Paul’s East Side last night, recruiting talent from the distinctly working-class neighborhood and beyond at the Union Jobs and Resource Fair. Many Latino, Hmong, Karen and East African families call the East Side home, and the job fair, organized by the St. […]