U.S. Steel wins Supreme Court labor fight on "donning and doffing" safety gear

The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to employers on Monday by ruling that a group of unionized steel workers does not have to be paid for the time they spend "donning and doffing" safety gear before and after their shifts.

The unanimous ruling came in a case involving workers at a U.S. Steel Corp plant that was closely watched by industries that employ workers who wear safety clothing. Read more »

PolyMet mine debate has competing visions for Up North (StarTribune)

“This is clean copper mining,” said Harry Melander of Mahtomedi, a building and construction trades representative. “No one here wants to do damage to northern Minnesota. Let’s not blow a chance to establish globally what good clean copper mining is.” -Harry Melander, President, Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council. Read the full article at the StarTribune.

Pete Seeger’s Life Showed Music and Activism Make Good Duo

The legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died Monday in New York City. Since the 1930s, Seeger, who was 94, lent his musical talents and staunch support to workers fighting for their unions, African Americans and other people of color marching for their civil rights and all people demanding peace and a green world with clean water and air.  Read more »

Laborers District Council President Jim Brady Retires After 41 Years of Service

After 41 years of distinguished union service, Jim Brady is retiring as president of the Laborers District Council at the end of this month. Todd Pufahl, the LDC's current Legislative Director, will step into the job, leading the District's 12,000 members.

The LDC will hold an event commemorating Brady's work and his legacy on Jan. 23. (See below) Read more »

Steel mill’s expansion leaves St. Paul Pipefitters out in the cold

by Union Advocate - Members of Pipefitters Local 455 call out Gerdau for contracting with a Georgia firm to provide mechanical workers for an expansion project at its mill in St. Paul.

State and local taxpayers are backing a $50 million expansion project underway at Gerdau’s St. Paul steel mill with a package of incentives, grants and forgivable loans. But members of St. Paul Pipefitters Local 455 say the project has left local workers out in the cold. Read more »

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