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 »

Harry Melander receives Wellstone Award

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Congratulations to Harry Melander, President, St. Paul Building & Construction Trades Council, for receiving the Paul D. Wellstone Award for Lifetime Commitment to Organized Labor at the 3rd Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.

Workers Memorial Day

Every year in April the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. Read more »

Pipelines are necessary, safe and beneficial

A pipeline to jobs, economic and energy security, by Harry Melander and William Blazar

Beginning in 1973, headlines announcing the results of a meeting of OPEC ministers often sent shockwaves through the American economy. From the founding of the nation until that time, the United States had never been beholden to other nations in determining our economic well-being. Read more »

Trades back measure putting teeth into bidding requirements

Public construction projects in Minnesota are awarded to the “lowest responsible bidder,” according to state law. But how do public agencies distinguish which bidders are responsible?

It’s a question the state’s Building Trades unions want answered during the 2014 legislative session. Read more »

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