Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis picks union leader for board of directors

Article by by Adam Belz at the StarTribune. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has picked a union leader to join its board of directors. Harry Melander, president of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council, was appointed as a new Class C member and will serve a three-year term. He will replace Pentair CEO Randy Hogan, who is retiring from the board.  On Jan. 1, Melander will join MayKao Y. Read more »

Photos: A ‘concrete Christmas’ for Cement Masons Local 633

(Reprinted from the Union Advocate) the apprenticeship hall with festive concrete has become an annual tradition at Cement Masons Local 633.  The local hosted a holiday party at its training center in New Brighton December 1st, and members strolled through a “Peanuts”-themed winter wonderland fashioned by first- and second-year apprentices. Read more »

Carpenters pile on TruStone for undermining area labor standards in Burnsville

(By Michael Moore, Union Advocate) Already embroiled in a dispute with its own employees’ union, TruStone Financial got an earful today from local Carpenters, who called out the credit union for working with a contractor that does not meet area standards for wages and benefits.  Read more »

North America’s Building Trades Unions: Increasing Apprenticeship Opportunities Through Innovation

(By )  As our nation celebrates National Apprenticeship Week, it is worth noting that for over 100 years North America’s Building Trades Unions and its signatory contractors have funded and operated a skilled craft apprenticeship system that is the envy of the world. Read more »

KEN PETERSON: APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING MEETS WORKFORCE NEEDS OF TODAY AND TOMORROW

(Reprinted from the Union Advocate) Minnesota’s workforce is experiencing tremendous transition. Thousands of our experienced baby boomers are retiring, while many employers are seeking a workforce capable of meeting increased levels of skill to operate new technologies with precision.

An emerging, yet familiar, pathway for some employers to successfully bridge that gap is registered apprenticeship programs. Read more »

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