Rebuilding the World Trade Center: Veterans Trade Helmets for Hard Hats with Union Training

William Plotner waited for his daughter’s second birthday to enroll in the military on Sept. 11, 2004—three years after the World Trade Center twin towers fell. He wanted his daughter to remember the significance of her birth date. But most of all, he wanted her to think of him as a hero. Now Plotner, a U.S. Army veteran and member of Laborers (LIUNA) Local 79, is rebuilding the World Trade Center.

Says Plotner:

On 9-11-04 I swore in. And now I get to work here. It brings, like, another sense of pride. Read more »

Building Trades members help build school playground

Members of Minneapolis Building Trades unions teamed up with other volunteers, including staff of the Minnesota Vikings, to build a school playground this week in Minneapolis. Read more »

Unions cheer Minneapolis City Council approval of stadium plan

As Vikings fans wearing purple and construction workers wearing orange looked on, the Minneapolis City Council Friday voted 7-6 in the final vote of approval needed for a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium to move forward.

The vote gave the city’s approval for its part of a $975 million stadium financing plan recently passed by the State Legislature. Read more »

Prevailing Wage law is good for state’s workers, contractors and taxpayers

By Harry Melander, President, Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council, and a guest columnist in the May 2012 edition of the St Paul Union Advocate.

As Minnesotans, we expect our tax dollars to be spent wisely. When it comes to public construction projects, we value quality, safety and long-term value. The best safeguard Minnesotans have in ensuring these results is our state’s Prevailing Wage law. Read more »

After years of dealing and debate, Vikings get their biggest win

(Mpls StarTribune) Ending a decade of turmoil, the Minnesota Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a $975 million Vikings stadium meant to anchor the team in Minneapolis for a generation.

The vote ended a turbulent session that saw the project nearly die several times, only to get revived and then dominate the Legislature's final weeks, as opponents ultimately succumbed to intense pressure. Read more »

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