North America’s Building Trades Unions Kick-Off 2016 Legislative Conference with Focus on Values, Issues and Opportunities

Over 3,000 delegates attended the opening session of the two-day, 2016 Legislative Conference of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU). In a rousing opening keynote address, NABTU President Sean McGarvey noted the continued and steady growth that has occurred since the 2008 economic depression, while emphasizing the fact that continued success and growth will require an adherence to a value-proposition that is predicated upon partnerships with businesses and whole industries; expansion of community outreach efforts involving apprenticeship-readiness programs Read more »

On national day of action, union painters brighten disabled vet’s Shoreview home

(Reprinted from the Union Advocate) Volunteers from the Painters and Allied Trades helped ready a new home in Shoreview for the family of a disabled military veteran last weekend.  The project was part of a nationwide day of volunteer activity, IUPAT Gives Back Day, sponsored by the union. Read more »

Memorial to Capitol builders advances in Legislature

Legislation to install a plaque honoring the workers who built the state Capitol advanced Wednesday in a Senate committee, thanks to the effort of students from the Owatonna school district.

Six students testified before the Senate State Departments and Budget Division, which then laid the measure over for possible inclusion in a budget document. In mid-March, another group of students spoke to a House committee that then approved the legislation. Read more »

Scouts get hands-on lesson in carpentry

More than 100 Girl Scouts learned about carpentry and construction careers at  workshops hosted by the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters on Saturday. The scouts, in grades 6-8, participated in demonstrations on aspects of carpentry, built their own projects and had the opportunity to ask tradeswomen questions about the construction industry. Twenty-five members of the carpenters union led the workshops. Read more »

New: 52 Spanish Language Handouts & Toolbox Talks (Charlas Informativas de Seguridad Ocupacional)

This collection of 52 Toolbox Talks from CPWR -The Center for Construction Research and Training - has been available in English-only for just over two years and is widely used on construction sites across the country, with more than 100,000 downloads in the first year alone. The Safety Toolbox Talks are guides designed to easily disseminate safety and health information in the workplace. Read more »

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