Sheet metal industry eager to recruit women (StarTribune)

The hours are reasonable. The work is interesting and, at times, artful. The starting wage is about $21 an hour plus benefits.

So on Monday, Buck Paulsrud threw an open house sweetened with Halloween-orange sugar cookies, hoping to entice a hard-to-convince demographic to consider his trade.

"Women don't think this is for them," said Paulsrud, training coordinator at the Sheet Metal Workers' Local 10 Training Center in White Bear Lake.

"They are so underrepresented. We are doing everything in our power to change that." Read more »

IBEW, Manufacturer Partnership Brings Jobs Back from China

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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.

'We Want to Work': 12 Federal Jobs That Are Vital to the Lives of America's Families

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 volunteers make improvements to Central Lutheran School in St. Paul

(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 »

The Race is On to End 15 Week-Old Strike Between Union Workers and Cretex

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 »

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