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Workers’ to discuss organizing at the University of Minnesota

The East Side Freedom Library will host a discussion and panel, What’s Happening to Labor at the University of Minnesota?, on Wednesday, January 10 at 7:00 PM. Panelists will include representatives from University of Minnesota AFSCME, faculty, Teamsters Local 320, Grads United, and Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL). The event is free and open to the public.

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MN labor provides topics, resources and prizes for History Day projects

Minnesota labor offers both variety and depth in topics and resources for students and educators working on 2017 History Day projects.  Three organizations also offer prizes to students who complete entries about working people and unions. Every year, History Day provides an opportunity for students in grades 6-12 to choose and research historical topics.  Participants create papers, plays, videos, websites and exhbits. More than a half million young researchers per year investigate and present projects at school, regional, state and national competition levels. The inter-disciplinary program teaches students valuable skills, notes National History Day Minnesota.  They learn to conduct in-depth research using primary and secondary sources; analyze and synthesize information from a variety of texts; and express what they learn in clear and creative ways. Labor’s past struggles can provide projects that clearly fit the 2018 National History Day competition theme: “Conflict and Compromise in History.”  The theme aligns well with how workers have both fought and negotiated for their rights, fair pay and better working conditions.

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Exhibit on tradeswomen and original builders opens at Capitol

A two-part exhibit opened at the Minnesota State Capitol in December. One section focuses on the role of women in constructing the Capitol. The other shows tools and objects made and used by the original tradespeople who built the statehouse.  The display grew out of the LES “Who Built Our Capitol?” project that uncovered more than 620 of the original builders from1896-1905.

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It has been an honor and a privilege

Today marks my last day as editor of Workday Minnesota. It has been an honor to have done this work since this website was launched in August 2000. And it has been a privilege to provide a platform for workers to tell their stories.
From the beginning, our goal was to provide a place for workers’ voices to be heard. And that need still exists. Despite the avalanche of information available through the Internet, workers’ stories are still scarce.

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Author to discuss 1916 Iron Range strike

Author and documentary filmmaker Gary Kaunonen will discuss the 1916 iron ore strike —which rocked Minnesota’s Iron Range and beyond — Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Admission is free.

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Minnesota labor media win national awards

Minnesota’s labor movement, long-committed to supporting union publications, websites, social media and other communications, was rewarded with numerous awards at the annual convention of the International Labor Communications Association.

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Author to speak on origins of ‘Radical Right’

Nancy MacLean, author of a provocative new book, The Origins of the Radical Right and the Crisis of Our Democracy, will speak Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul.