2nd Annual Union Job/Resource Fair at East Side Freedom Library

Last spring, job seekers from the East Side and St. Paul in general crowded into the East Side Freedom Library to meet dozens of union employers and resources for the first Union Job and Resource Fair.  This year the event returns with a new line-up of employers and resources offering jobs, training opportunities, and helpful information.  The second annual Union Job and Resource Fair will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2017 from 3:00-6:00pm at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street, St. Paul, MN 55106.

Employers will be hiring for union positions in such fields as Construction, Manufacturing, Government, School Building Custodial and Food Service Work, Healthcare, Hospitality and Retail. Union representatives will be on hand to discuss “earn-while-you-learn” high-quality paid vocational training opportunities and answer questions. Information will be available on the advantages of union membership, neighborhood and national union history, and record expungement. The event is designed not only for ready-to-hire job seekers, but for young people exploring how to build their career paths in the future and even people wondering: “What is a union? What do they do?” People who speak many languages will be available to greet and interpret at the event. Positively EVERYONE is welcome to attend.

The event is organized each year by the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation, the Saint Paul Building & Construction Trades, the City of St. Paul, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1189, and the East Side Freedom Library.

“It’s empowering for everyone to learn about the hard-won advantages of union work in this country,” says Thay Sai Htoo, an interpreter at the 2016 fair who will volunteer again this year.

"Unions built the American middle class, and a union job remains the best way for working people to secure livable wages and decent health and retirement benefits," says Bobby Kasper, President of the 50,000-member Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. "As a labor movement, we need to raise awareness about the value of a union contract, especially among immigrant communities and young workers. This job fair is an exciting opportunity to extend our outreach and build new relationships on the East Side, and we're proud to be a part of it."

For more information about the Union Job and Resource Fair, please contact: Prof. Peter Rachleff, East Side Freedom Library, 651-230-3294, rachleff@macalester.edu or Vicki Beebe, St. Paul Labor Studies and Resource Center, 651-846-9320, vbeebe@stpaulunions.org

About the East Side Freedom Library: The ESFL’s mission is to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice and work toward equity for all. The library houses non-circulating research collections that appeal to interested general learners as well as scholars, with innovative databases and finding aids that make using the collections fun and vital. Story is a major theme of the ESFL, and the telling and gathering of stories, through formal interviews, workshops, and small-scale public performances, will allow local residents and interested publics to learn more about the work and residential histories of the East Side. 

Download the job fair flyer:

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PDF iconJobFair2017Flyer.pdf