Trades night at Target Field planned for June 11

Tickets are available now for the annual Building Trades night at Target Field, planned for Tuesday, June 11. The Minnesota Twins will play the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:10PM. A pre-game picnic will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Farmers Market, and a free shuttle bus will run between the Farmers Market and Target Field. Read more »

Subcommittee Holds Hearing on America’s Mineral Resource Potential and Seven Mining Bills to Create Jobs

On Thursday, March 21st, Minnesota Building Trades President Harry Melander appeared on a panel testifying before an oversight Energy and Minerals Subcommittee about “America’s Mineral Resources: Creating Mining and Manufacturing Jobs and Securing America.”  This and subsequent hearings are addressing seven mining bills that will create jobs, streamline government red-tape, and make America less dependent on foreign critical and strategic minerals that are vital to securing an all-of-the-above American energy plan. Read more »

Supporters rally in St. Paul, MN for Keystone Pipeline XL project

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On March 14, 2013, as part of Building Trades Day-on-the-Hill, a rally was held at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul to support the Keystone XL Pipeline project.  Several hundred union members attended to endorse the project as a safe and efficient way to move oil across the U.S. from Canada, to reduce dependance on foreign oil, and to create thousands of jobs. Here is a short video of highlights of the morning. 


More than 90 Employees Locked Out in Detroit Lakes

Starting at 6:00 a.m. Monday morning close to 100 workers are now locked out their jobs in Detroit Lakes. According to an employee that wishes to remain anonymous, 90 some Snappy Air Distribution came to work Monday morning only to find they no longer had a job.

Snappy Air Distribution is a union shop and on Friday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. the contract between the Sheet Metal Workers Union and Snappy was rejected by vote. Read more »

Regulators Crack Down on Classifying Workers as Contractors

In recent months, regulators have demanded millions of dollars from companies that hired independent contractors to hang drywall, install cable, staff call centers, give manicures and perform other jobs in which the government said workers were really functioning as company employees. A crackdown on businesses that treat some workers as independent contractors is causing a stir in industries from trucking to exotic dancing.At issue is whether the companies improperly classify employees to avoid paying overtime and payroll taxes. Read more »

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