It's Time to Rebuild America: Celebrate Infrastructure Week

Yesterday we kicked off Infrastructure Week 2014, which will explore funding solutions and best practices to modernize our aging infrastructure and create good midldle-class jobs. Events will be held from May 12–16 and will focus on: major infrastructure challenges, freight and goods movement, passenger transportation, drinking water and wastewater treatment. Read more »

Building Trades remember those killed and injured on the job

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Minnesota’s Building Trades unions gathered Friday at the state Capitol to remember those killed and injured on the job in the past year.

The commemoration was part of annual Workers Memorial Day activities held around the country to mark the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

In a solemn ceremony, union members held white crosses with the names of the dead and a bell was tolled at the site of the Minnesota Workers Memorial on the Capitol grounds. Read more »

Trades remember the fallen, renew call for safety in Workers Memorial Day ceremony

The Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council held its annual Workers Memorial Day observance last Friday, honoring nine union workers who died over the previous year as a result of workplace injuries or illnesses.

The ceremony, held at the Workers Memorial Garden on the State Capitol grounds, included remarks from St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, who renewed the call for safe workplaces and good jobs for all workers. Read more »

Maryland Passes Responsible Contracting Law

Yesterday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) signed a bill that protects taxpayers by prohibiting private contractors who have broken the law from obtaining contracts with the state. Read more »

HOUSING INVESTMENT TRUST PROVIDES $33 MILLION FOR “FIVE 15 ON THE PARK” IN MPLS

The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) today announced $33 million of pension capital funding for construction of Five 15 on the Park, a 259-unit apartment complex in Minneapolis. The $52 million project is expected to generate approximately 260 union construction jobs at a time when construction unemployment remains high. Read more »

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