NLRB Judge Orders Terex to Reinstate 13 Employees, Bargain with Union

A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge virtually threw the book at a Grand Rapids, Minn., construction equipment firm for widespread labor law-breaking during a 2014 Boilermakers organizing drive.

Indeed, Terex’s violations were so bad that on June 11, Administrative Law Judge David Goldman ordered instant recognition and bargaining by the firm with the union, saying the union now represents the company’s undercarriage makers as well as its painters.  Read more »

St. Croix Crossing bridge deck construction begins at Pier 9

June 10, 2015- The contractor is installing pre-cast concrete segments for the new St. Croix Crossing bridge deck at Pier 9 in the St. Croix River (see attached photo). The initial upstream (westbound) segments on both sides of Pier 9 have been lifted into position. They will be connected to the pier table this week. The initial downstream (eastbound) segments are anticipated to be installed early next week.  Read more »

Trades praise PUC decision to move pipeline project forward

Members of the Laborers International Union of America praised Friday’s decision by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to move ahead on the Sandpiper pipeline project.

At its meeting, the commission adopted an Administrative Law Judge’s recommendation and voted unanimously to grant a certificate of need for the project. The ruling, while not the final step in the process, is a milestone and significant step in the right direction for those that favor the project. Read more »

Twin Cities sprinkler fitters vote to strike

Members of Sprinkler Fitters Local 417 have voted to strike, overwhelmingly rejecting a proposed three-year contract offered by a contractors group. “They gave us their ‘last, final and best offer’ and the members voted it down quite substantially — 262 to reject, 2 to accept" on Monday, reported Jeff Motschenbacher, Local 417 business manager.

Local 417’s three-year contract with about 30 local contractors who are members of the National Fire Sprinkler Association expired May 31 at midnight. Read more »

Study: Fall Prevention Works, Even Anchored to Wood Frame

Fall protection on residential construction sites has long been the subject of controversy. Some residential construction firms have argued that that the wood frames and trusses common in homebuilding aren't suitable to safely anchor personal fall arrest systems (PFAS). Adapting the structures to make them suitable would be prohibitively expensive, requiring special engineering services. Read more »

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