Workday Minnesota is a project of the Labor Education Service at the University of Minnesota. Workday began publishing in the summer of 2000 with support from Minnesota's labor community. It was the first on-line labor news publication in the United States. Since then Workday has won many awards and has grown to be a trusted source for news about workers, the economy, worker organizations and our communities.
Workday strives to present an accurate and factual account of news, events and issues through a lens focused on the interests, perspective and well-being of Minnesota's working people. Workday staff believe an open and vigorous public debate around issues and ideas is central to a vibrant democracy and quality of life.
Workday Minnesota is a member of the International Labor Communications Association, a partner in the Twin Cities Media Alliance, and the Minnesota Labor Communicators group.
Howard Kling, Project Director
Howard grew up in a working class home and became a labor activist as the beginnings of Neoliberal capitalism devastated his hometown of Buffalo, NY. Howard lead a major coalition for jobs and economic planning that resulted in the 1981 Solidarity Day labor march in Washington, D.C., and organized unemployed councils throughout the city in the early 1980s. He also 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. Angered by the obvious bias against workers and workers' power in the media, Howard eventually became a filmmaker, videographer and communications activist. In 1988 he became a producer at a media production company in Washington, D.C. He joined the staff at the Labor Education Service in 1991 as the Director of the LES Telecommunications Project. In that position he helped guide LES toward more documentary video production and, by the mid-90s, into Internet communications, eventually spearheading creation of Workday Minnesota. Howard is a member of IATSE Local 219 and a Vice President of the International Labor Communications Association. He is chair of the foundation board of Workers Independent News and a former board member of the Twin Cities Media Alliance, publisher of the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Howard is a playwright and served as writer/director of Solidarity Kids Theater from 1996 through 2002.
Filiberto Nolasco Gomez, Editor
Growing up in a working-class Mexican community in eastern Los Angeles Filiberto was observant of the grind his parents and community members went through to fulfill their daily needs and fight to live with dignity. These insights led to an extensive breadth of union experience having worked with UNITE HERE Local 11, UAW 2865 and SEIU 284. Determined to tell stories that media ignores he started his own media company El Huateque five year ago quickly becoming a platform of expression and commentary. His writing and podcasts have drawn attention to abusive dynamics within the music industry, new slumlord of South Minneapolis, gentrification in Los Angeles and the struggles of everyday latinx people.
John See, Webmaster/Instructor
John handles any technical issues related to the Workday site. For almost 30 years, John has been a video producer and voice-over talent. In the early 1990s, he started working with unions to develop their on-line presence. He is an advocate for open source programming (emphasis on Drupal) and universal access. He is a member of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE) Local 219, past member of Teamsters Local 4-Techsters, and an associate member of the Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild/CWA Local 37002. John continues to produce video and he teaches courses in various website skills from site creation to Social Networking tools and how they are being used by unions. He earned an M.A. in Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL), University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Randy Croce, Video Producer
Randy Croce has been doing documentary work since 1976, first as a still photographer, then in video. His early work focused on American Indian communities, including The Drum Is the Heart, about Blackfoot nation powwows, and Clouded Land, a documentary on White Earth Reservation land claims, which was broadcast nationally by the Learning Channel and PBS. Randy joined the staff of the Labor Education Service as a video producer in 1990, where he researches, shoots and edits programs about workers. He also teaches classes in media, labor history and other subjects and has been active in University governance. Since 2000, Randy has been especially interested in the challenges faced by newcomers to America. His documentary about Italian immigrant stonecutters, If Stone Could Speak, was broadcast by Twin Cities Public Television and screened internationally. In 2009, Randy initiated, Who Built Our Capitol? He is the project’s director and has done the primary video work for the documentary and website.