Building Trades volunteers build an "ice design" in Rice Park

(by John See, Labor Education Service, U of MN) Members of several Building Trades unions built an ice castle in St. Paul’s Rice Park last weekend. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to call  it an “ice design,” said Tom McCarthy, President of the St Paul Building Trades. “That’s what happens when the grand plan for an Ice Castle has to be scaled back due to, well, a lack of ice.” Read more »

It's Time to Re-Build, Re-Train, and Rejuvenate America, by Sean McGarvey

 As the 2016 presidential campaign kicks into high-gear (the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries will occur in the next few weeks), it is troubling to those of us in the building trades, as it should be to all Americans, that the important issue of re-building and repairing America's infrastructure has not been more prominently discussed.

Even though Secretary Clinton has put forth a realistic, workable and robust infrastructure investment plan, the GOP candidates, as well as the media, have largely ignored this issue. Read more »

Dayton’s ‘jobs bill’ would strengthen state’s infrastructure and economy, unions say

(Reprinted from the Union AdvocateGov. Mark Dayton today proposed investing $1.4 billion in infrastructure improvements across Minnesota, including $82 million earmarked for projects in St. Read more »

LIUNA GENERAL PRESIDENT O’SULLIVAN's statement about the oral arguments in FRIEDRICHS CASE

Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA (the Laborers’ International Union of North America) today made the following statement regarding the oral arguments in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case: “This suit is a direct assault on the collective bargaining rights that have enabled generations of workers to organize for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.”

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Trades praise agreement covering construction project in Forest Lake schools

(Reprinted from the Union AdvocateA $140 million bonding initiative approved by voters in ISD 831 last fall will improve the security and structural integrity of buildings throughout the Forest Lake Area Schools. And thanks to a project labor agreement (PLA), the district’s investment will uphold area wage, benefit and safety standards as well. Read more »

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