MN Citizens Federation Northeast offers workshop to fight attacks on Social Security and Medicare

We need to fight the attacks on Social Security and Medicare. Protecting these critical programs is one of the biggest challenges facing the Labor Movement, and all Americans. Anti-worker forces are trying to weaken these vitalprograms by relying on false statements to misinform and scare people.  This is their key tactic to get their way and weaken these programs that everyone relies on. They falsely claim that the benefits you have earned are “welfare.”

To fight back, we need the facts, and clear messages.    Read more »

Minnesota receives $1.8 million federal grant to expand apprenticeship opportunities

Minnesota has received a new $1.8 million federal apprenticeship grant that will continue to expand registered apprenticeship throughout Minnesota. The federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's (USDOL) State Apprenticeship Expansion initiative is the second major grant awarded to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). In 2016, DLI’s Apprenticeship Minnesota received a $1.5 million grant from USDOL. Read more »

Here Comes the Sun: Getting a Handle on Heat Stress

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As summer brings waves of rising temperatures and stuffy humidity from coast to coast, many people are starting to plan fun activities that will take them to pools, lakes and beaches, while others will curl up in the frosty confines of air conditioning. However, in construction, this is a busy time of year. It’s not uncommon to see sweating workers toiling in high-heat conditions on steaming asphalt. Heat and humidity are a serious health threat to workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 20 construction workers die from heat-related illnesses each year. Read more »

High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University

(by Ashley Gross and Jon Marcus, NPR) Like most other American high school students, Garret Morgan had it drummed into him constantly: Go to college. Get a bachelor's degree.

"All through my life it was, 'if you don't go to college you're going to end up on the streets,' " Morgan said. "Everybody's so gung-ho about going to college." Read more »

Highway Construction Training Program Opens Opportunities

(by Filiberto Nolasco Gomez) Jamie Fisher is a single mother struggling to make ends meet working in cosmetology and office administration. In order for Jaime to buy her own home and support her daughter in her plans to buying a home in increasingly expensive Rochester, she needed to make a career change. Despite having family that are union roofers, she had never really considered the building trades. “I was brought up in an era where women worked in offices. College wasn’t an option.”

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