The articles are listed here in rough chronological order, not in their order of original publication.
Early Carpenters members were proud, determined, by John Sielaff
The St. Paul carpenters' union has one of the oldest histories of any labor organization in the city.
The Knights of Labor: the nation's first real labor movement, by Dave Riehle
In Minnesota, as throughout the country, the Knights created the tremendous labor upsurge of the 1880s.
May Day: Made in America, by Dave Roediger
Most people don't know that May Day -- the international workers holiday -- started here in the United States.
Workers owe a debt to the 'striking maidens' of 1888, by Rhoda Gilman
The April 1888 strike by 260 clothing workers in Minneapolis was unprecedented.
Cowboys on streetcars? by Elizabeth Faue
The use of cowboy drivers was only one of the ways in which the management of the street railway sought to break the first major transit strike in the Twin Cities.
The Union Advocate: A century as 'The People's Voice' by Barb Kucera
In 1897, in a back room of the Trades & Labor Assembly's hall, a newspaper called the Union Advocate began.
Farmer-Labor movement owes much to Mahoney, by Barb Kucera
Minnesota's Farmer-Labor Party owes much to William Mahoney and the Union Advocate.
Mahoney lives on in his battles with the press, by Jim McCartney
The newspaper reporter now living in William Mahoney's home reflects on his many run-ins with the media.
Working people find their voice in the labor press, by Peter Rachleff
The Advocate's 100th anniversary offers the opportunity to appreciate the value of the labor press.
'America is my country now,' by Rudy Vecoli
The history of St. Paul's working class is the history of St. Paul's immigrants.
Recounting Labor Day celebrations from early in the 20th century, by Dania Rajendra
Queen contests, cake and political speeches were all part of Labor Day picnics in the early 20th century.
'Say it ain't so, Charlie' -- The dispute between Charles Comiskey and organized labor over the opening of Lexington Park, by Dave Riehle
Someone will strike out when baseball and workers' rights collide over the issue of a new ballpark for St. Paul.
'Joan of Arc' for St. Paul's working people, by Elizabeth Faue
Eva McDonald Valesh wrote about the "working girls" who toiled in Twin Cities sweatshops in the early 1900s.
When labor knew a man named Charles James: The lost story of an African-American who led the St. Paul labor movement, by Dave Riehle
How an African-American came to head the St. Paul labor movement in one of the most racist periods in U.S. history is a fascinating and -- until now -- untold story.
Uncovering a needle in history's haystack, by Barb Kucera
How Dave Riehle uncovered the story of Charles James is nearly as interesting as what he found.
Events in the life of Charles James (1866-1923)
Excerpts from writings by Charles James
Buttons, badges and banners, by Adam Scher
Objects preserved by the Minnesota Historical Society document Minnesota's rich labor union history.
Collections offer clues to history of Stonecutters, but mysteries remain, by Debbie Miller
A researcher pieces together a history of the Stonecutters union from items in the Society's collection.
Frank Boyd: An uncompromising labor leader, by Art McWatt
St. Paul has spawned many outstanding labor leaders, but few could match the dedication of Frank Boyd, one of the founders of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.
The big strike, by W. Thomas White
In 1922, St. Paul residents experienced "the greatest industrial struggle that ever occurred in America" -- the railroad shopmen's strike.
Recollections of a striker, by Dave Riehle
Carl Skoglund, a central leader of the 1934 Minneapolis Teamster strike, participated in the 1922 rail strike.
Bustin' unions: Under 'Crape-Hanger' Davidson, businesses perfected ways to crush workers, by Bill Millikan
Union-busting became an occupation for some in the early part of the 20th century.
The Roaring Twenties brought a surge in unionism -- and a challenge from the Citizen's Alliance, by Bill Millikan
New name, same mission: Employer's Association continues the anti-union work of its predecessor,
by Bill Millikan
Latina packinghouse workers, by Kate Ecklund
Women were the backbone of the once-booming meatpacking industry in St. Paul.
Streetcars, good service and no Sunday hours, by Jerry Richgels
A retired Retail Clerk remembers when downtown St. Paul was the place to shop and many clerks were union members.
Building trades band together to improve conditions, by John Sielaff.
In St. Paul, Building Trades unions have organized to influence local economics and politics.
Dick Radman: Has the union in his blood, by John Sielaff
From the 1940s to the present day, Dick Radman has championed the rights of Building Trades workers.
Strike for better schools, by Cheryl Braunworth Carlson
The 1946 St. Paul teachers strike was the first organized teachers' strike in the nation.
Florence Rood: Pioneer teacher union leader, by Paula O'Connor
The leadership provided by Florence Rood provided the foundation for the successful 1946 teachers strike.
Steve Dress: He continued a tradition of leadership, by Barb Kucera
A leader of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers rose from the ranks to lead the local labor movement.
Milestones in the history of the St. Paul teachers union
Ernest Riebe's Mr. Block: American labor's first comic book, by Franklin Rosemont
Cartoonist Ernest Riebe and his cartoon character, Mr. Block, made people laugh -- and made them think.
Building a better life: the Quality Tool strike, by Peter Rachleff
Hmong and white workers banded together in the landmark strike at Quality Tool in St. Paul in the 1980s.
University of Minnesota clerical campaign ushered in new model of organizing, by Kate Shaughnessy
The university clerical campaign in the early 1990s ushered in a new era of organizing in Minnesota.
Streetcorner solidarity: How the United Food & Commercial Workers challenged Whole Foods and its anti-union philosophy, by Bill Pearson
UFCW members enlist support from the community when a non-union grocery store sets up shop in St. Paul.