An assembly plant in Houston, Texas will soon be buzzing with IBEW workers. Neutex Advanced Energy Corporation, in partnership with Houston Local 716, is relocating its core manufacturing from China to the U.S. Organizer Paul Puente helped seal the deal by paying careful attention to the employers' wants and needs. The IBEW will provide trained workers and help the company market its advanced energy products. In exchange all current and newly hired workers will become members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Johnny Zuagar just wants to go back to work. It's been 72 hours since he's been locked out of his job at the U.S. Census Bureau in Suitland, Md., and he's scared.
"I don't know what bills to pay," says Zuagar, who has two young children. "I'm afraid I might lose my house. I don't know how it got to this." Read more »
(Union Advocate) Central Lutheran School in St. Paul is now handicapped accessible, thanks to the goodwill donations of three union trades.
Volunteers from Laborers Local 132, Plasterers Local 265 and Cement Masons Local 633 helped build a concrete walkway to the school, located in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood, from Lexington Parkway. Local 132 paid for the materials, and McGough Construction, a union contractor, footed the bill for removal of the old walkway. Read more »
More than 12,000 runners participating in the Oct. 6 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon along with thousands of spectators will get a glimpse of another marathon going on in the Twin Cities. A billboard, located near Hennepin Avenue and Seventh Street, in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, will tell marathon participants that title sponsor Medtronic has failed to listen to striking workers from Cretex, a company Medtronic continues to do business with. Read more »
It's been over three months since 40 construction craft laborers of Local 563 took to the picket lines to fight for fair wages and protect their self-funded pension plans. Union workers at Cretex's Shakopee facility remain hopeful that the strike, which started on June 19, will soon come to a peaceful end. Read more »