Death at St. Paul worksite gets national attention

The death of a worker at the site of the new St. Paul Saints ballpark drew national attention today at the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles.

According to news reports, 61-year-old John Valek of Plymouth was killed about 8:10 a.m. during a "partial building collapse" at the former Gillette/Diamond Products plant in Lowertown. Valek was an employee of Rachel Contracting of St. Michael, Minn., which was helping to tear down the building to make way for the new ballpark. Read more »

Across U.S., bridges crumble as repair funds fall short

From the Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2013: Engineers say thousands are close to collapse. And between the recession, sequestration and congressional gridlock, money to fix them is scarcer than ever. Included in the story is the following: Read more »

Striking Cretex Workers Ramp up State Fair Presence to Create Public Awareness and Ask for Support

In addition to manning the picket lines at Cretex' Shakopee, Minn. facility, striking union workers are at the Minnesota State Fair educating the public about their fight to keep their earned retirement funds. The workers, members of Laborers Local 563, will be at the Minnesota AFL-CIO both at the corner of Dan Patch and Cooper Avenues at the fairgrounds until the Great Minnesota Get Together ends on Labor Day. Read more »

Striking Cretex workers deliver heartfelt plea to Medtronic leaders: Tell Cretex to stop playing games with Minnesota families

Union workers from a Shakopee concrete plant owned by Cretex, a Twin Cities concrete pipe and medical component manufacturer, stepped up their efforts today to urge medical technology giant Medtronic to help resolve a nine week-old strike. Workers from Laborers Local 563 made their presence felt inside and outside Medtronic's annual meeting – delivering remarks to CEO Omar Ishrak and shareholders, and holding a peaceful vigil at the company's Mounds View campus. Read more »

Rigorous standards will ensure clean mines

(By: Frank Ongaro, Duluth News Tribune) From President Obama to Gov. Mark Dayton, elected officials have made jobs a top priority. In Minnesota, one thing is certain: There is no better opportunity for creating thousands of great-paying jobs, providing millions of dollars in tax revenue for local governments and generating more than $2 billion in royalties for our schools than the proposed copper/nickel strategic metals mineral development projects. Read more »

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