Fired cabinetmakers take their message to state lawmakers

Cabinetmakers who say they were fired by Aaron Carlson Corp. for union organizing are bannering the state Capitol this week – where the company’s cabinets and millwork are being installed as part of the building’s renovation. Read more »

Carpenters fired by Aaron Carlson seek injunctive relief

Carpenters who have been organizing a union at the Aaron Carlson Corp. have filed for injunctive relief after they were fired on Friday and the company announced it was closing its Morris, Minn., operations. Read more »

Building Trades remember the fallen on Workers Memorial Day

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(Reprinted from the Union Advocate) Members of the Building Trades paused yesterday in St. Paul to honor members of their unions who died as a result of work-related injuries or illnesses in the previous year.

The annual Workers Memorial Day ceremony was to take place at the Workers Memorial Garden on the Capitol grounds, but organizers moved the event indoors, to the new St. Paul Labor Center, as a result of rain. Read more »

Ken Peterson: Fight for safer workplaces continues in Minnesota, worldwide

Workers Memorial Day is observed each April 28 because President Richard Nixon signed the OSHA law on that date in 1970. He called it the most significant legislation for working people enacted in American history. The new workplace-safety law was the culmination of decades of work by unions and safety advocates to reduce on-the-job deaths and injuries of American workers. Read more »

President McGarvey April 17, 2016 Keynote Address to 2016 Legislative Conference

Values. Issues. Opportunities. Brothers and Sisters... Ladies and Gentlemen... Distinguished Guests... Welcome to the 2016 Legislative Conference for North America's Building Trades Unions. I am proud to say that, because of the good work of all of you in this room...  as well as the vision and dedication of the leaders who join me on this stage here today... we have reason to be more hopeful and excited than ever before about the future economic prospects of the members and families of North America’s Building Trades Unions. Read more »

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