Enthusiasm high among labor volunteers as Election Day nears

Congressional races in Minnesota could be pivotal in determining control of Congress for the next two years.

Letter Carriers’ food drive restocks local food shelves

Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest one-day food drive, and it’s powered by union members.

Nationwide campaign to fight cancer launches at Twin Cities union grocers

The campaign will encourage customers to donate $1 or more at checkout, with proceeds supporting cancer research and copay support.

Minnesota gained 46,000 union members last year, reversing decade-long decline

Working people’s voice grew stronger last year in Minnesota, where organizing gains pushed union membership to its highest point since 2004.

Local organizer glimpses challenge of building worker power in South

Lured by generous tax incentives and low wages, foreign automakers have steadily increased their footprint in Southern states over the last two decades. Their employees earn less than union members at the Big Three domestic automakers, but attempts to organize workers in the South’s new, foreign-owned plants have almost always failed. The most recent defeat […]

Bernie Hesse: ‘Don’t do something out of charity, do it out of solidarity’

He is gruff and often combative, principled and usually blunt. But above all else, Bernie Hesse is a trade unionist. From his days as a grocery clerk to his current work as director of special projects for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189, Hesse has made himself ubiquitous in St. Paul’s labor community. If […]

New worker center reaches out to poultry, packinghouse workers in Minnesota

The Hardman Avenue Workers Center, located at the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189 hall in South St. Paul, opened with a celebration and free citizenship workshops for immigrant workers last week. The goal of the initiative, Local 1189 organizing director Abraham Wangnoo said, is to “start teaching people what their rights are,” particularly […]

Stamp Out Hunger with union-made products

Letter Carriers nationwide will help restock food shelves in their local communities May 13 during the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. It’s the largest one-day food drive in the country –and a shining example of the many ways union members give back to their communities every day. So why not double the impact of […]

Medical cannabis workers’ new contract reflects industry growth

Workers at Minnesota Medical Solutions, one of two companies authorized by the state to produce medical cannabis, voted unanimously Jan. 12 to ratify a new union contract that reflects – and anticipates – growth in the industry. The three-year pact includes annual wage increases, provides premium pay for lead positions and time spent training other […]

Lawmakers seek answers as Walmart strains local police time, municipal resources

State Rep. John Lesch, a prosecutor in St. Paul for 15 years, can recite the address from memory: 1450 University Avenue West. That’s Walmart’s Midway location, and it is a magnet for shoplifting and other petty crime that, like several other Walmart stores in Minnesota and across the country, absorbs a disproportionate amount of attention […]