Hundreds attend ceremony honoring Capitol construction workers

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(Article by Randy Croce, video by John See, Workday Minnesota)  A simple question, “Who were the workers who built the Minnesota State Capitol?” was the catalyst for efforts leading to the dedication of a commemorative plaque during Sunday’s grand opening of the newly restored building.  More than 300 people attended ceremonies to recognize the original builders of the statehouse and those i Read more »

Builders past, present honored for work on Minnesota’s Capitol

(By Michael Moore, Editor, Union Advocate) Renee Gisch brought her grandchildren to the Capitol so they could see the restoration work she and hundreds of other tradespeople did over the last four years. Nearby, Daniel Reibestein and his mother, Donna, paid tribute to the work his great grandfather put into the landmark building’s original construction more than a century ago.

Construction workers past and present were honored Aug. 13 at the Capitol, part of a weekend-long grand reopening of the building after a four-year, $310 million restoration project. Read more »

Workers to be honored at Capitol Grand Opening on Aug. 13

Historic and recent Minnesota State Capitol construction workers will be honored as part of the Grand Opening of the newly restored building on Sunday, August 13.  Read more »

Blue Green Alliance launches BuildingClean.org website

The Blue Green Alliance's Building Clean website is intended to be a portal to buy local and healthy energy-efficient products. 

Housing consumes more than 20 percent of U.S. energy. Building Clean is designed to help architects and designers, consumers, contractors and developers, and manufacturers find American-made, healthy products to help them capture the benefits of energy efficiency retrofits—including lower utility bills, improved tenant health, and increased economic development. Read more »

Pipe Trades apprentices test skills at regional competition in Twin Cities

(Union Advocate) It would be an understatement to say the competition among Pipe Trades apprentices – and apprenticeship programs – held in the Twin Cities June 7-8 was intense.

How intense? After a labor reporter chatting with one of the visiting instructors snapped a photo of some plumbing specs, he was confronted by another out-of-town instructor, who demanded in no uncertain terms that the photo be destroyed.

“Or else we’ll give you a math problem,” the instructor warned. “How do you get home with four flat tires and no spare?” Read more »

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