Unions raise safety concerns at Ridgedale mall construction site

Laborers, bricklayers, painters, electricians and other union craftspeople picketed together outside Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka this morning, targeting several contractors working inside the mall that are undermining area wage and safety standards, according to the unions.

Ridgedale’s Chicago-based ownership group, General Growth Properties (GGP), is spending $100 million to upgrade the mall, which opened in 1974. Several tenants are investing in improvements to their retail facilities as well.

But progress on the Ridgedale renovation has been anything but smooth. Read more »

LABORERS PICKET RIDGEDALE CENTER RENOVATION CONTRACTORS DUE TO SAFETY AND WAGE CONCERNS

Shoppers at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka will see signs for more than just sales as they visit the mall today.  Members of Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 563 have been onsite since dawn picketing contractors working on general mall and tenant improvements. Local 563 is just one of the many construction trade unions that have mounted pickets at the mall today over pay and safety concerns. Read more »

Construction Hits Five-Year High in New Jobs Report, Unions Making Gains in Unexpected Places

The latest numbers from the ADP jobs report show construction at a five-year high.  Last month, construction jobs grew by 36,000, more than double May’s 17,000 added jobs and the largest monthly gain since February of 2006.  

The sharp rise in construction jobs signals a surging housing market.  According to ADP, 6.1 million people are now employed in the construction industry. Read more »

The Skilled Workers Behind the Green Line

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As Minnesotans finally get to enjoy the Green Line, the construction workers who built it are basking in the satisfaction of a job well done. All told, Green Line construction created thousands of jobs, launching hundreds of new careers in several skilled construction roles. Read more »

Huge Numbers of Steelworkers Rally for the Save Our Steel Jobs Tour

(This story includes a slideshow of the event, here.) Virginia, Minnesota was the final stop on the national Save Our Steel Jobs (#SOSJobs) campaign and over 2,000 Steelworkers, families and friends attended to let their fellow workers in Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Alabama, where previous rallies were held, that know they stand united. Read more »

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