The Race is On to End 15 Week-Old Strike Between Union Workers and Cretex

More than 12,000 runners participating in the Oct. 6 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon along with thousands of spectators will get a glimpse of another marathon going on in the Twin Cities. A billboard, located near Hennepin Avenue and Seventh Street, in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, will tell marathon participants that title sponsor Medtronic has failed to listen to striking workers from Cretex, a company Medtronic continues to do business with. Read more »

Customers Call On Cretex to End 3-Month Strike Before It’s Too Late

It's been over three months since 40 construction craft laborers of Local 563 took to the picket lines to fight for fair wages and protect their self-funded pension plans. Union workers at Cretex's Shakopee facility remain hopeful that the strike, which started on June 19, will soon come to a peaceful end. Read more »

Death at St. Paul worksite gets national attention

The death of a worker at the site of the new St. Paul Saints ballpark drew national attention today at the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles.

According to news reports, 61-year-old John Valek of Plymouth was killed about 8:10 a.m. during a "partial building collapse" at the former Gillette/Diamond Products plant in Lowertown. Valek was an employee of Rachel Contracting of St. Michael, Minn., which was helping to tear down the building to make way for the new ballpark. Read more »

Across U.S., bridges crumble as repair funds fall short

From the Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2013: Engineers say thousands are close to collapse. And between the recession, sequestration and congressional gridlock, money to fix them is scarcer than ever. Included in the story is the following: Read more »

Striking Cretex Workers Ramp up State Fair Presence to Create Public Awareness and Ask for Support

In addition to manning the picket lines at Cretex' Shakopee, Minn. facility, striking union workers are at the Minnesota State Fair educating the public about their fight to keep their earned retirement funds. The workers, members of Laborers Local 563, will be at the Minnesota AFL-CIO both at the corner of Dan Patch and Cooper Avenues at the fairgrounds until the Great Minnesota Get Together ends on Labor Day. Read more »

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