Are You Ready For Some Football? The NFL Says "Yes" to Project Labor Agreements

Since 1998, 18 NFL stadiums have been constructed; are currently being constructed; will soon begin construction; or have undergone substantial renovations. 10 of those stadiums - in Baltimore, Foxboro, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Green Bay, New York, Pittsburgh, and Seattle - were constructed or renovated entirely under a PLA. In addition, San Francisco's new stadium is currently being constructed under a PLA in Santa Clara, CA, and the Minnesota Vikings have already stated their preference for a PLA for the construction of their new stadium in Minneapolis. Read more »

Painter built life around a career as bricklayer

(Minneapolis StarTribune) For 32 years, Doug Carlson had an exacting job. He laid bricks for Local No. 1 of the Bricklayers Union. You can see his work everywhere from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul to the Wendy's in Rosemount. "Kind of ran the gamut," he says, over an Americano and a pancake at Trotter's Café in St. Paul. "With bricklaying, things come down to one-thirtieth of an inch." Read more »

1 Job for Every 3.4 Jobless Workers—Skills Shortage Isn't the Problem

Republicans in Congress and the Beltway pundits who parrot them like to say the nation's unemployment crisis is in large part due to workers' lack of skills.

Once again, a new report shows they are wrong.

Data out yesterday show that although the number of jobs is increasing, there still are far fewer jobs per worker available, with 3.4 jobless workers for every one job. The data, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI): Read more »

Laborers’ Honored as Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator

Wednesday, August 1, marked the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act and at a ceremony marking the historic job training act, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis honored the Laborers’ (LIUNA) apprenticeship programs with a 21st Century Trailblazer and Innovator award. Read more »

Labor Federation president named to stadium board

Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation president Bill McCarthy was sworn in last month by Governor Mark Dayton as one of the five members of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the appointed board that will guide development of the new Minnesota Vikings football stadium. McCarthy was one of two Authority members appointed by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

Governor Mark Dayton appointed three Authority members, including Michele Kelm-Helgen, whom he appointed as its chair. Read more »

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