Melander steps down as St. Paul Building Trades’ top officer

(Michael Moore, Union Advocate) Harry Melander has stepped down after 10 years as the executive secretary of the St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council, which swore Don Mullin into office as Melander’s successor in the full-time position at a delegate meeting tonight. Delegates voted unanimously to elect Mullin at a meeting last month. Read more »

Building Trades celebrate busy construction season, look to future

Minnesota’s construction unions, gathered for the annual convention of the State Building & Construction Trades Council celebrated a busy construction season while also looking to the future.

The group’s two-day convention Thursday and Friday included numerous speeches by public officials and discussion of current and future construction. At the moment, the unions are experiencing near full employment on projects across the state. Read more »

Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect

This 2015 edition of  Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect  marks the 24th year the AFL-CIO has produced a report on the state of safety and health protections for America’s workers. Read more »


(Equal Nation) A hundred and fifty workers die each day in the United States as a result of injuries at work or occupational diseases. 

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the largest trade union federation in the US, makes this observation in the latest edition of  Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, based on the statistics of the US Secretary of Labor. Read more »

Bill McCarthy elected president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO

The Minnesota AFL-CIO General Board has elected Bill McCarthy to serve as the state labor federation's next president. McCarthy, currently Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation president, will be sworn in Oct. 13 to succeed retiring President Shar Knutson. Read more »

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