Union volunteers provide Clinton, Sanders with boots on the ground in Minnesota

  Energized by the prospect of keeping a pro-labor president in the White House, union volunteers in Minnesota are hitting the streets, working the phones and planning a major presence at tonight’s precinct caucuses, one of 14 Super Tuesday nominating contests nationwide. [Click here to learn how to participate in the caucus process. Click here […]

Remembering Wayne Wittman, the conscience of St. Paul’s labor community

Wayne Wittman, who served as chair of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation’s Community Services Committee for three decades, died unexpectedly Wednesday. He was 86. A passionate activist for peace and social justice, Wittman attended the labor federation’s first meeting at the new St. Paul Labor Center earlier this month. Today at the same labor […]

Carpenters union’s free workshops a hit with kids

Jim Hendricks clapped his hand five times, and the room bustling with more than 30 busy children Saturday morning fell silent. Everyone turned to face Hendricks, a business representative for the Carpenters union, awaiting his instructions. Holding up two pre-cut pieces of wood, Hendricks demonstrated the method for fashioning them into the sides of a […]

Photos: IBEW volunteers keep lights on at veterans memorial

Union electricians are making sure a spotlight continues to shine on the All American Veterans Memorial in Shieldsville. Active and retired IBEW Local 110 members volunteered their time and skills this morning in Shieldsville, about an hour south of the Twin Cities. The crew installed new light posts, donated by union contractor Muska Electric, and […]

Turning t-shirts into totes on United Way Day at the Labor Pavilion

Volunteer fairgoers helped repurpose about 85 t-shirts into reusable tote bags for a Minneapolis food shelf yesterday during United Way Day at the Minnesota AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion. “Most food shelves have a lack of bags to send food out,” Greater Twin Cities United Way volunteer coordinator Mary Smith said. “They never seem to have enough […]

City of St. Paul employees volunteer to help build Habitat house in Frogtown

City of St. Paul employees serve the public every day at work. But this summer, some are using their vacation time to give back to the community as well. In a coordinated effort among the city’s agencies and departments, city staffers are adopting six daylong volunteer shifts on a Habitat for Humanity construction site in […]

Water’s Off volunteers provide plumbing repairs for low-income homeowners

“This is too good to be true,” Laurene Gruett said as Gerald Keating and Brett Sergot, members of St. Paul Plumbers Local 34, repaired the basement shower and kitchen sink in her North St. Paul home March 21. “What a blessing.” Keating and Sergot were among 57 volunteers from Local 34 who participated in the […]

As Election Day nears, unions join rally to get Minnesotans to the polls

The two candidates atop the DFL ticket this election year know better than most the importance of getting out the vote, the theme of a rally staged by the party today outside the Minnesota Capitol. Four years ago Gov. Mark Dayton “won by a large, large margin as far as I’m concerned – 8,800 (votes),” […]

Volunteer pipefitters tune up furnaces for homeowners in need

Volunteer members of St. Paul Pipefitters Local 455 serviced furnaces for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners as part of the 29th annual HEAT’S ON day of service Sept. 27. Area union contractors, members of the Minnesota Mechanical Contractors Association, supplied parts and vehicles to the effort, and 147 volunteers from Local 455 and other pipefitters […]

IBEW Local 110 members help expand Disabled Veterans Rest Camp

MARINE ON ST. CROIX – The Disabled Veterans Rest Camp in Washington County is expanding the number of campsites available to military veterans and their families, an effort that received a big boost last weekend from St. Paul-based Local 110 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Fifty-seven journeymen and apprentices from Local 110 volunteered […]