Former SEIU organizer Abdi Muse is Mayor Hodges' labor liaison

A few days after the November 2013 election, Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges visited the delegate meeting of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation and made a promise.


May 4: 40th annual MayDay Parade will include themes inspired by city's 1934 Teamsters strikes

The annual MayDay Parade and Festival presented by the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is known both for celebrating spring and for honoring people’s struggles against rampant capitalism.


May 3: Local and national musicians team up for concert to celebrate life of folksinger Pete Seeger

The music of American folksinger Pete Seeger, who died January 27, will be celebrated at a concert May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul. Tickets for the concert, “For Pete’s Sake,” are available for $30 plus fees at the Fitzgerald box office, at or at 800-982-2787.


Should family caregivers have protected status? Conferees discuss Women's Economic Security Act provision

Rep. Carly Melin and Senate President Sandy Pappas listen as legislative staff do a side-by-side comparison of HF2536*/SF2050, the so-called “Women’s Economic Security Act,” during an April 29 meeting of the conference committee. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

If you’re a family caregiver should you be protected against discrimination in the workplace? This is the question the conference committee on the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) seeks to answer as it considers expanding protected classes within the Minnesota Human Rights Act.


Faculty at two Twin Cities colleges organizing into unions

Students at Macalester College showed their support for contingent faculty who have launched a union organizing drive.

With students and community members showing their support, contingent faculty at Macalester College and Hamline University announced they are seeking to unionize.


Postal Service actions jeopardizing security of the mail, demonstrators say

Congressman Keith Ellison was among the many people who voiced support for a strong Postal Service at Thursday's rally in Roseville. (Photo by Joey Getty)

A Postal Service decision to open postal counters in Staples stores will compromise service to customers and jeopardize the security of the mail, employees and community members said at rallies held nationwide Thursday.


Some class sizes reduced in new St. Paul teachers' contract, trust an ongoing issue between teachers and district

SPFT President Mary Cathryn Ricker (Photo by Charles Hallman)

The St. Paul Federation of Teachers (SPFT) and St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) both cite “seven community-developed priorities” in the three-year “landmark contract” that was settled last month and approved earlier this month. These priorities include smaller classes and hiring more teachers and staff.


Telling – and considering – 'Untold Stories'

April and May 2014 mark the fifteenth year that the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, with the support of labor and community organizations, libraries, churches, bookstores, and foundations, has sponsored a series of labor history programs called “Untold Stories.” Each year a volunteer committee (in which this writer participates ) has organized talks and panel discussions, dramatic readings, films, tours, and singalongs, all free and open to everyone.


New NAACP Labor Chair Tee McClenty is ready to fight for jobs

Labor activist Tee McClenty, originally from Camden, New Jersey, has a long history of service and of representing labor interests. As she tells it, “I’ve been a labor activist for a very long time. I worked at a long-term care facility, where I was a union steward. My last 17 years I spent at a hospital in Maplewood, where I was a union steward representing members.


Lost and found: My Minne-Mex journey

The following is the story I shared last month at Sanctuary’s first story telling event: "The Story"

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