Building Trades urge Obama to sign Keystone pipeline bill

Building Trades unions are urging President Barack Obama to sign legislation mandating construction of the entire controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. They said the pipeline would create tens of thousands of construction jobs.

But their appeal fell on deaf ears at the White House. Obama has already promised to veto the measure, because it bypasses the federal process for considering the project. And the 62-36 bipartisan Senate vote for the bill reveals there are enough anti-Keystone senators to uphold his decision.  Read more »

Trades volunteers build Royal Courtyard for Winter Carnival

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Cutting, pushing, lifting and setting heavy blocks for eight to ten hours a day in the cold - and having fun doing it - over 50 Minnesota building trades volunteers harvested ice and built the Royal Courtyard for the 2015 St. Paul Winter Carnival.

The work began on Saturday, Jan. 17, when the workers harvested 1,000 blocks from Lake Phalen in St. Paul.  They used power rotary and chain saws to cut the blocks, as well as trucks to haul the ice.  Read more »

Minnesota unions make case for Sandpiper oil pipeline

A series of five public hearings on a proposed oil pipeline through Minnesota opened in St. Paul yesterday, and members of several Building Trades unions stepped forward to support the $2.5 billion venture, projected to create 1,500 construction jobs.  Read more »

Construct Tomorrow program grows, has big plans for next year

Rich Krohn is a faculty member at North Hennepin Community College and an enthusiastic supporter of “Construct Tomorrow,” a Job fair for the construction trades that was held in Brooklyn Park on November 14. He is also a member of the Pile Drivers union. His first job when he got out of high school was working on the construction of the Minneapolis Convention Center.

“I understand the value of a craft education and the ability to earn while you learn," said Krohn. "I’d like to see these students get that same kind of opportunity.” Read more »

Holidays bring increased stress for many workers, but help is available

The holidays can be a particularly stressful time for everyone. Job losses, financial troubles and workplace injuries or accidents often compound the stress faced by workers and their families.

For many union workers, help with these and other problems – substance abuse, depression, anxiety – is available through their employee assistance program, or EAP. Read more »

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