Building a Union Career
What makes the construction industry different from other industries?
Jobs can't be exported. It's hard to imagine a day where the building needed in Kansas will be built in China and shipped overseas. According to the Buireau for Labor Statistics, the construction industry has been identified as the only goods-producing sector in which employment is expected to grow between 2002 and 2012.
If you find yourself fascinated with the construction of bridges, skyscrapers, schools and roads, construction might be a career choice for you.
There are many career opportunities in the construction industry. These jobs include carpenters, masons, plumbers and electricians. Employees in these jobs are highly skilled in their trades and gain their education through registered apprenticeships, technical school/college programs or AAS degrees at local community colleges.
“This is clean copper mining,” said Harry Melander of Mahtomedi, a building and construction trades representative. “No one here wants to do damage to northern Minnesota. Let’s not blow a chance to establish globally what good clean copper mining is.” -Harry Melander, President, Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council. Read the full article at the StarTribune.
After 41 years of distinguished union service, Jim Brady is retiring as president of the Laborers District Council at the end of this month. Todd Pufahl, the LDC's current Legislative Director, will step into the job, leading the District's 12,000 members.
The LDC will hold an event commemorating Brady's work and his legacy on Jan. 23. (See below) Read more »
This Wednesday there will be two screenings of a documentary about the workers and contractors who constructed the Minnesota statehouse. "Who Built Our Capitol?" will be shown at 7 pm, Wednesday, January 15th at the CSPS (Czech-Slovak) Hall, 383 Michigan Street, St. Paul, MN 55102, near St. Clair Ave. on West 7th Street. Read more »
A Transportation, Jobs, and Equity forum featuring national speakers and local panelists. Join us for a night of inspirational, informational leaders in the field of transit and share our vision, feel our passion, wear our armor for the coming fight for transit dollars. Here is the flyer about the event: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_z-xdIsVGxARU92ODRvMmx6UHc/edit?usp=sharing
The hours are reasonable. The work is interesting and, at times, artful. The starting wage is about $21 an hour plus benefits.
So on Monday, Buck Paulsrud threw an open house sweetened with Halloween-orange sugar cookies, hoping to entice a hard-to-convince demographic to consider his trade.
"Women don't think this is for them," said Paulsrud, training coordinator at the Sheet Metal Workers' Local 10 Training Center in White Bear Lake.
"They are so underrepresented. We are doing everything in our power to change that." Read more »
"Apprenticeship:Building Your Career" is a fast-paced twelve-minute video overview of what it means to be an apprentice in today's Building Trades. Shooting began last spring and was centered around the $243 million renovation of Union Depot in St.Paul. Over a dozen apprentices agreed to appear in the video in interviews as well as being filmed working at their job sites. As it happened, shooting finished just as the Union Depot opened its doors to the public after years of reconstruction and rehabilitation. Read more »
The Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) program in New York City prepares women for careers in construction and related industries through an innovative training and placement program that guides low-income women toward a meaningful career and solid financial footing. Read more »
by Tula Connell - Women make up more than 40.5% of the workforce worldwide, according to the most recent data by the International Labor Organization. But their labor has not resulted in a similar level in financial well-being.
Far from it.
Although women contribute 66% of the world's work and produce 50% of the food, they earn 10% of global income and own 1% of property, a 2011 United National Development Program report finds. Read more »
In an age of smartphones, email and the Internet, members of IBEW local unions in the Pacific Northwest are going back to the basics to spread the union's message. They're using good, old-fashioned, in-person communication to reach out to their fellow union members and future union members.