Howard Kling is the director of the Labor Education Service (LES) at the University of Minnesota and a member of the TC Media Alliance board.Howard’s productive work for LES includes being a media and video professional and activist. In addition to the role of overall LES Director, Howard is also Director of the LES Telecommunications Project that coordinates the production of labor video projects, union Website maintenance and development, and Workday Minnesota, a daily on-line labor news service. Howard is also a playwright and for 8 years was director of the Solidarity Kids Theater, a youth labor theater group located in the Twin Cities. He earned an MA/ A.B.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a concentration in theater and American working class literature.Howard is a member of the Executive Council of the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA), the Executive Board of the United Association for Labor Education (UALE), Board Chair of the national Worker’s Independent News (WIN) radio project, and, as mentioned, a member of the Board of the Twin Cities Media Alliance.
The organization 15 Now is reporting today that Delta Airlines has fired Kip Hedges, long-time Minnesota labor activist and Delta baggage handler, for statements he made in a Workday Minnesota video that was published on October 20, 2014. Workday has reposted the video here.
The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) held a rally and candlelight vigil at the Minnesota Capitol to draw attention to the lack of uniform and adequate safety procedures for dangerous viruses like Ebola at hospitals around the state.
Outside a Home Depot in Richfield, Minnesota, members of Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) announced a strike deadline of November 28, “Black Friday,” for retail janitors who work for cleaning companies throughout the Twin Cities area.
It’s hard to imagine a beautiful flower has anything to do with the ugly side of free trade and globalization. But for Josefa Gomez and other workers in the profitable flower industry of Colombia, providing bouquets for U.S. and world vases has meant increasing hours with falling pay, growing health problems and human rights violations.
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.
The 2014 Untold Stories series focuses on the struggles facing workers in the past – and how they influence the issues of today. This year’s theme is “Memory and Place.” The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library sponsors this series of free, public programs in honor of Labor History Month.Here is the schedule:Pete Daniel – Dispossession Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m. Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd.Pete Daniel, a past president of the Organization of American Historians and a retired curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, speaks about his recent book Dispossession: Discrimination Against African American Farmers in the Age of Civil Rights. Between 1940 and 1974, the number of African American farmers fell from 681,790 to just 45,594 – a drop of 93 percent. Daniel analyzes this decline and chronicles black farmers’ fierce struggles to remain on the land in the face of discrimination. After Daniel’s presentation, Pakou Hang from the Hmong American Farmers Association and Dale Wiehoff from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy will talk about current struggles of small farmers to keep their land. Continue Reading
Community members, fast food workers, union members and the faith community gathered in front of the McDonald’s on Stinson Boulevard in Minneapolis to call on the fast food giant to pay family supporting wages to their employees. The event was part of a national day of actions around the United States to end poverty wages in the fast food industry.