Labor endorsed in Ward 2, Tobolt ready to stand up for working families ‘on day one’

(by Michael Moore, Union Advocate) When a non-union electrical contractor was undermining area wages and benefits on a project funded by Ramsey County several years back, IBEW Local 110’s Brian Winkelaar didn’t think twice about what to do. He called Darren Tobolt, County Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt’s longtime assistant. “I called him up and said, ‘Darren, how come they’re on this project?’” Winkelaar remembered. Read more »

LABORERS’ O’SULLIVAN TO DEMS: ANTI-KEYSTONE STANDS ALIENATE WORKERS

Democratic presidential hopefuls’ opposition to building the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline could alienate blue-collar workers whom the party needs to attract to the polls next year, Laborers President Terry O’Sullivan says.

He issued that warning after the Democratic poll leader, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, joined the other Democratic hopefuls – led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vt. – in opposing Keystone. The Canada-Gulf Coast pipeline has split greens from some union allies. Read more »

Building Trades invited, but unwelcome at Bonfe’s job fair

(by Michael Moore, Union Advocate) Bonfe’s might want to consider a new recruiting strategy. For the second year in a row, the non-union mechanical and electrical contractor invited members of area Building Trades unions to attend an open house for prospective employees. And just like last year, Bonfe’s recruiters spent most of the open house trying to keep union members out. Read more »

Public employees support Building Trades to defend good jobs in Duluth

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DULUTH - More than 600 members of AFSCME Council 5, gathered in Duluth for the public employee union's annual convention, led other unions in a boisterous rally outside the Radisson hotel Friday, protesting the new owner’s use of nonunion painters from Texas for renovation work.

Laborers' statement on comments made by candidate for DFL-House 3A Bill Hansen

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Duluth, MN (September 21, 2015) – The Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota released a statement tonight on DFL House 3A candidate Bill Hansen's offensive remarks towards Minnesota construction workers, made in a video posted on Youtube:

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