Wisconsin 'right-to-work' critic will expand company in Minnesota

(Duluth News Tribune) The owner of a Wisconsin company invited to move to Minnesota in protest of its new "right-to-work" law says he plans to at least expand in the Gopher State -- provided enough contracts come his way to support the business. James Hoffman, owner of Black River Falls-based Hoffman Construction Co., which works mostly on highway construction projects, said his current plans are to more than double the size of his Lakeville office by the end of the year. Read more »

Contractor Hiring Fair & Community Open House on April 8

The North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters (NCSRCC) is hosting a Contractor Hiring Fair and Community Open House Wednesday, April 8, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at its corporate headquarters in Saint Paul, MN. The NCSRCC Carpenters Union and Training Center is located at 710 Olive Street. Read more »

Building Trades use social media to sway Ridgedale shoppers

Social media is one way that trade unions are reaching people, especially when it comes to a dispute with management, or in a local case, with the owners of a regional shopping mall. Beginning in the spring of 2014, several unions, spearheaded by Laborers Local 563, took issue with Ridgedale Mall in Minnetonka over what the unions said were safety issues along with some sub-standard wage levels. Read more »

Over 600 Road and Bridge Improvements Funded by Governor’s Proposal

2,200 miles of roadways and 330 bridges would be repaired or replaced statewide. Governor Mark Dayton and Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle today released a detailed list of more than 600 road and bridge improvements that would be completed if the Legislature passes the Governor’s proposed investments in transportation. The comprehensive list Read more »

Missouri House Approves Right-To-Work Bill, But Margin Not Veto-Proof

For the first time ever, the Missouri House has approved a right-to-work bill that curbs union rights. But the House’s 92-66 vote Wednesday afternoon, February 11,  was far short of the number – 109 -- needed to withstand a likely veto by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat with close union ties.The  measure also faces an uncertain future in the state Senate. A final House vote will be conducted Thursday, with final approval likely assured. Read more »

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