Building Trades president calls for greater infrastructure investment

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The United States has fallen behind other industrialized countries when it comes to investing in public infrastructure, the president of North America’s Building Trades Unions said during a recent appearance in the Twin Cities.

Sean McGarvey leads an alliance of 14 national and international unions that collectively represent more than 3 million skilled craft professionals in the United States and Canada. On June 12, he spoke to a group of union business agents and organizers at the Operating Engineers Local 49 hall in Minneapolis. Read more »

Union Depot rehab provided big return on public investment, study finds

It’s a multimodal transportation hub poised to serve the Twin Cities Metro. It’s an architectural jewel in St. Paul’s booming Lowertown district. And according to the results of a study released today, the renovated Union Depot has been – and continues to be – an engine for job creation and economic growth. Read more »

Building Trades unions combine efforts to pass responsible contractor legislation

When it comes to public construction projects in Minnesota, the law says that the lowest responsible bidder gets the job. What constitutes a “responsible bidder” wasn’t clearly defined in the law, however.

Too often, unscrupulous contractors skirt the law to win bids on taxpayer-funded projects. During the recent legislative session, the unions of the Minnesota Building & Construction Trades spearheaded an effort to rectify this, culminating in passage of a bill establishing criteria that contractors must meet when they submit bids to state or local governments. Read more »

For Building Trades, state’s infrastructure investments mean ‘millions of work hours’

Utilizing the first state budget surplus in seven years, state legislators pushed the value of a package of public infrastructure investments passed during the 2014 Legislative Session to over $1 billion.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed off on the construction bill May 20, green-lighting projects across the state that will create “millions of work hours” for union members in the coming years, according to Harry Melander, president of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council. Read more »

68th Annual Convention to be held in rochester, mn July 31- August 1, 2014

The 68th Annual Convention of the Minnesota State Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO, will be held Thursday, and Friday, July 31 & August 1, 2014, at the Kahler Grand Hotel, 20 SW 2nd Avenue, Rochester, MN 55902 (800-533-1655). Please let them know you are with Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council. Registration begins at 8:00 AM on Thursday, July 31, and the Convention will be called to order at 12:00 PM  Read more »

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