With Lowertown development, union pension fund invests in Building Trades workers

(Union AdvocateThe AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust treated the men and women working to redevelop a property in St. Paul’s Lowertown district to lunch Aug. 31, highlighting the trust’s unique approach to investing union pension funds in union-built construction projects. The development, 333 on the Park, is transforming an eight-story office building, originally constructed in 1913, into an apartment building with 134 market-rate units. Read more »

Commentary: What's wrong with 'Right to Work'

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Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich has been a longtime proponent of unions and the power of people to unite in their workplaces to improve their lives."We have to increase, not reduce, the bargaining power of average people," he says. In this video, he explains one of the most misunderstood labor-management issues of our time: so-called "right-to-work" laws. They are, he says, all about reducing power for workers and increasing profits for corporations.

A Public Service Website to Protect Construction Standards

The public has the right to expect that Minnesota’s construction contractors will comply with the law when working on government projects.  That expectation led to the 2015 enactment of the Responsible Contractor Law, which requires contractors on public projects to satisfy the minimum legal criteria to work on public projects. This law has definitely caught the attention of those contractors who previously corrected wage violations with only restitution payments, before returning to the public bidding arena consequence free. Read more »

Dakota Access Pipeline Provides High-Quality Jobs

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline: The AFL-CIO supports pipeline construction as part of a comprehensive energy policy that creates jobs, makes the United States more competitive and addresses the threat of climate change. Pipelines are less costly, more reliable and less energy intensive than other forms of transporting fuels, and pipeline construction and maintenance provides quality jobs to tens of thousands of skilled workers. Read more »

LABORERS’ ‘CLEAN POWER PROGRESS’ CAMPAIGN PUSHES NATURAL GAS PIPELINES TO AVOID U.S. ENERGY CRUNCH

Saying the U.S. faces a looming energy crunch as nuclear power plants shut down and coal-fired electric plants are taken offline, the Laborers have launched a “Clean Power Progress” campaign for more natural gas pipelines as a way to fill U.S. energy needs. Their drive, started this summer, focuses on a pipeline running through Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan. If built, the pipeline would transport natural gas not just to consumers in those states, but also elsewhere in the U.S., the union says. Read more »

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