OSHA Fines American Crystal Sugar for Dangerous Build Up of Combustible Sugar Dust

In October, American Crystal Sugar—which has locked out its highly trained 1,300 member workforce since August 2011—has been assessed nearly $50,000 in fines by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for widespread, “high gravity” and “serious” safety violations, including accumulation of combustible dust and failure to lock out equipment Read more »

Labor leaders praise members’ election efforts

Minnesota labor leaders say the efforts of thousands of union members paid off in Tuesday’s high voter turnout and wins by many labor-endorsed candidates. “Minnesotans firmly rejected the politics of division, restriction and corporate greed and embraced a call to build a better state for today and tomorrow,” Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson said. Read more »

Building Trades Statement on the 2012 Elections

"On behalf of the skilled craft professionals that comprise America's Building Trades Unions, I offer our heartfelt congratulations to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on their historic re-election. 

I also offer our prayers for the President and the Vice President as they begin the process of governing and moving our nation forward with an "invest in America" strategy that seeks to build our country from the middle out and rehabilitate and rebuild recently devastated areas that need our help. Read more »

Commentary: Union workers save lives, power Hurricane Sandy recovery

The recovery from Hurricane Sandy is going to require time, money and effort. And, like so many of the heroic rescues that happened during the storm, much of the effort is going to come from union members, and especially from the unionized public workers that the Republican Party has worked so hard to hurt over the past couple of years. Read more »

Job openings grow across Minnesota, but quality remains poor

More job openings are available in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota, but the pace of employment growth still lags and the quality of many of the jobs is poor, according to an analysis by the JOBS NOW Coalition.

There are nearly twice as many job openings in the Twin Cities Metro Region as three years ago, according to the updated Job Vacancy Survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. There are now 34,600 metro job openings, which means that most of the openings that vanished during the Great Recession have been regained, JOBS NOW said. Read more »

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