History Committee Recognizes Minn. Local’s Roots

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has formed a history committee. Steve Yurista, retired wireman from Minneapolis Local 292,  won the support of the local to establish a history committee four years ago. Steve was a former student of labor historian and ESFL founder, Peter Rachleff. Read more about Steve Yurista and the Teamsters strike 0f 1934 at the here. Read more

SEIU Members Earn Licenses at ESFL

March 7, 2015 -- A large group of SEIU Local 284 members attended an all-day class led by instructor Harry Grigsby, toward their licensure as boiler technicians.  The ESFL's old boiler -- emphasis on old -- was the "Exhibit A!" for the class, so they could apply what they were learning from Harry directly onto a working unit.  The weather was grand, and class members browsed the books and stepped outside for lunch.  Congratulations, SEIU students!Read more

Karen Weaving Program Launches at ESFL

March 7, 2015 -- So Gratifying!  Seven textile workers came to the library last Saturday to inspect the loom construction progress, and look at yarn and various other weaving tools.  By April, this program will be off and running!  Sue Johnston, MSW, has organized transportation and translation support, and Tim O'Brien and Betsy Gedatus-Garcia are constructing the loom(s) and collecting materials.  Tim is principal at Roseville Adult Learning Center, and Betsy is the Coordinator of the Adult Learning Center there.  To these weavers we say: Welcome! kyaosopartaal ! ยินดีต้อนรับ  Read more

We need your help!

The East Side Freedom Library has moved into the old Arlington Hills library on Saint Paul's East Side. This treasure of a building needs repair as our first priority, and much other work to be done in order to open the doors for the new collections and programs in this great space. Please, visit GiveMN.org and schedule your donation today. If you would prefer to donate another way, please contact Peter Rachleff at info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org. Thank you!Read more
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