Building trades unions, which strongly pushed the Obama administration to approve construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from the Canada-Montana border to the Texas Gulf Coast, hailed the State Department’s report finding the pipe and its oil would have no significant environmental impact. Read more »

Commentary- PolyMet proposal: The case in favor

The following commentary by Harry Melander and David Olson appeared in the January 24, 2014 edition of the Minneapolis StarTribune.

During his brief public comment during a hearing on Jan. 16 in Duluth, state Sen. David Tomassoni summed up Minnesotans’ frustration with opponents of copper-nickel mining: When is enough, enough? Read more »

New study concludes that construction contractor CEO income falls dramatically in states that adopt "Right-to-Work" laws

For those of you living in states that are contemplating the enactment of a "Right-to-Work" law, you should download a new study that has some surprising conclusions. Read more »

Minneapolis construction trends match U-area development

Minneapolis building permits totaled $1.2 billion last year, mostly for residential housing, breaking a city record and reflecting a larger migration trend — one that University of Minnesota neighborhoods mirror.

The city approved nearly $526.8 million in building permits for the University area in 2013, about eight times more than a decade ago. City officials expect the uptick in permit value to keep increasing.

Some say urban population growth can be good news, but an area's character and the city's comprehensive plan can be at risk if development is misguided. Read more »

U.S. Steel wins Supreme Court labor fight on "donning and doffing" safety gear

The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to employers on Monday by ruling that a group of unionized steel workers does not have to be paid for the time they spend "donning and doffing" safety gear before and after their shifts.

The unanimous ruling came in a case involving workers at a U.S. Steel Corp plant that was closely watched by industries that employ workers who wear safety clothing. Read more »

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