About the MRLF

Community Services

Photo Gallery

Labor Review newspaper

Labor Review Archive Project


Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation

Promote Your Page Too



St. Louis Park City Council
Ward 3

Jim Leuthner:
I will fight for union families’

From the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 27, 2017

By Steve Share, editor, Minneapolis Labor Review

ST. LOUIS PARK — “I will fight for union families, for middle class families,” says Jim Leuthner. “I’m proud to represent the most blue-collar ward in St. Louis Park… A lot of union people live here.”

Leuthner is running for the open Ward 3 city council seat in St. Louis Park with the endorsement of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.

Ward 3 is bordered roughly by Highway 169 on the west, W. 28th St. and Minnetonka Blvd. on the north, Lake St. on the east, and Highway 7 on the south. Ward 3 incumbent Gregg Lindberg is not running for re-election.

‘This community has been really good to me and I want to give back.’

Photo of Jim Leuthner

A union activist, Leuthner serves as a delegate from Carpenters Local 322 to the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, to the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, and to the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council.

Leuthner grew up in Victoria, graduated from Chaska High School, and earned a degree in urban forestry from the University of Minnesota. For eight years, he worked as a teaching assistant and teacher for the St. Paul public schools.

In 2004, he joined the Carpenters union and has worked in the trade since then. “One of the reasons I’m still a Carpenter is because of the union activism,” he says. “The unions have brought us so much,” he says. “Wages in this country run a parallel line with union membership.”

Leuthner’s wife, Ellen Merlin, is also a union member and has worked 18 years for the St. Paul public schools. The couple’s daughter, Zoe, went all the way through the St. Louis Park public schools.

“This community has been really good to me and I want to give back,” Leuthner says.



Home Who We Are News Gallery Take Action Calendar
Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
312 Central Ave., Suite 542, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-379-4206 Fax: 612-379-1307
Have feedback or questions about this site? Contact the webmaster.