Native pride meets union pride in Cement Masons’ training program

(Michael Moore, Union Advocate) As the first trickle of mud oozed out of the concrete truck’s chute, 13 trainees dressed in hardhats, safety vests and tall rubber boots sprung into action, using shovels and trowels to distribute the concrete evenly across 13 rectangular slabs.

The July heat was pushing 90 degrees, and the trainees, participants in a unique pre-apprenticeship program co-sponsored by the Cement Masons and area tribal authorities, worked in silence, heads down, as their instructors barked orders and critiqued their work.

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Building Trades, Firefighters, raise alarm about contractors' use
 of unsafe lumber

Out-of-state contractors are using unsafe lumber at four large, multi-family residential developments under construction in Minneapolis, Golden Valley, St. Louis Park and Minnetonka, Building Trades and Firefighters say.  Read more »

Take the bus to support of mining on Wed, July 13, in Duluth

Next Wednesday from 5:00‐7:30 p.m., the US Forest Service (USFS) will hold a public forum at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center where community members will discuss the pending renewal of two Twin Metals mineral leases. The USFS decision and their view of development within the Rainy River watershed will impact the development of all future mining opportunities in the area. Read more »

Forest Service Conducting Public Input Process about not renewing mining leases

Take action. Share this information. Sign the online petition here. The United States Forest Service (USFS) recently announced that it may try to block the renewal of two federal mining leases for Twin Metals Minnesota in northeast Minnesota and prevent all future mining opportunities in the Rainy River Watershed from moving forward. Read more »

Trades picket school projects in Waconia

(By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editorHeat and Frost Insulators Local 34, supported by other Building Trades unions, began an informational picket at Bayview and Southview elementary schools in Waconia Thursday to let the public know that contractor Peterson Sheet Metal was not paying the area standard wage to insulators working on HVAC updates at the two schools.

The picketing prompted several union workers at Southview to decide on their own to leave the job site, Local 34 members reported. Read more »

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