Twin Cities sprinkler fitters vote to strike

Members of Sprinkler Fitters Local 417 have voted to strike, overwhelmingly rejecting a proposed three-year contract offered by a contractors group. “They gave us their ‘last, final and best offer’ and the members voted it down quite substantially — 262 to reject, 2 to accept" on Monday, reported Jeff Motschenbacher, Local 417 business manager.

Local 417’s three-year contract with about 30 local contractors who are members of the National Fire Sprinkler Association expired May 31 at midnight. Read more »

Study: Fall Prevention Works, Even Anchored to Wood Frame

Fall protection on residential construction sites has long been the subject of controversy. Some residential construction firms have argued that that the wood frames and trusses common in homebuilding aren't suitable to safely anchor personal fall arrest systems (PFAS). Adapting the structures to make them suitable would be prohibitively expensive, requiring special engineering services. Read more »


By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer - It’s taken more than 20 years, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to protect workers in confined spaces.  And OSHA says that implementing it could save deaths and injuries of almost 800 construction workers a year – some 96 percent of those who die or get hurt in confined-space tragedies. Read more »

Hundreds of construction workers participate in Workers Memorial Day ceremony in Saint Paul

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Still wearing hardhats and bright neon safety vests, hundreds of construction workers walked from their jobs building the new Senate Office Building and renovating the State Capitol to attend Tuesday’s Workers Memorial Day ceremony at the Capitol complex’s Workers Memorial Garden.  Read more »

ITC Co-Hosts Helmets to Hardhats Reception

More than 400 labor leaders- including Minnesotans Harry Melander and Ray and Carol Waldron- consultants, workers, members of the military, and other guests recently attended a very special fundraiser in support of “Helmets to Hardhats.” The fundraiser, held in conjunction with the National Building Trades Legislative Conference, raised more than $50,000 in donations.  Read more »

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