Second annual awards ceremony honors women in the trades

As part of national “Women in Construction Week,”  women and men from local building trades unions gathered March 6 at Surly Brewing for the region’s second annual “Women Building Success” awards ceremony.


Labor World Newspaper seeks new Editor/Manager

Labor World, Inc. is accepting applications for the position of editor/manager of its publication. The editor/manager is responsible for all aspects of publication including, but not limited to, ad sales, reporting, photography, composition/lay-out, and trucking the paper. The editor/manager is also responsible for running the day to day operations of the business. The job is the only full time position at the paper. Application deadline: Wednesday, March 14, 2018.


Steve Klonowski, 66, union activist and software pioneer

Stephen Mark Klonowski passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017 at the age of 66.Klonowski, a member of Pile Drivers Local #1847, was passionate about labor relations and spent many years working with the Lakes and Plains Regional Council of Carpenters to support and advance the rights of construction trades workers in Minnesota. Over his long career, he was also a member of Teamsters Local #4, IBEW Local #110, and IBEW #292.In 2000 Klonowski began working with friend Brett Gurgel on computer-based solutions to the tracking and database management of political mobilization. The result was a groundbreaking software platform called LaborKey that gainied significant use among local and international unions. Klonowski and Gurgel co-founded a company with the same Laborkey name that has continued to create software tools that enhance the work of unions and benefit working families.Klonowski remained active after retiring in 2016. He enjoyed science fiction, movies, the peace of his cabin up north, fishing and cherry cake.He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Mark and Anna and his daughter Beth.


St. Croix River Crossing bridge opens

Union workers joined residents on both sides of the St. Croix River, as well as lawmakers from Minnesota and Wisconsin, in celebrating the Aug. 2 opening of the long-awaited “St. Croix Crossing” bridge.


Nurses buy – and forgive – $2.6 million in medical debt for Minnesotans

Twin Cities community members overwhelmingly supported Allina nurses during their historic strike last year. On June 19, members of the Minnesota Nurses Association offered a thank-you gift for that support, purchasing and forgiving the past-due accounts of 1,800 families facing a combined $2.6 million in medical debt.


2017 Workers Memorial Day events in Minnesota

Each year on April 28, Workers Memorial Day, working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job and renew our struggle for safe workplaces. Here in Minnesota, there are observances across the state all week.


IBEW women wire Habitat for Humanity house in all-women project

Late last month, inside a brand-new Habitat Humanity house under construction in north Minneapolis, an all-women crew volunteered to complete the electrical work. They’re members of Sisters in Solidarity — SIS — from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Twin Cities’ locals. (Here’s the video about the project on our Facebook page.)