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 »

Website offers latest data on CEO pay

The national AFL-CIO has launched the 2012 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch site — called CEO Pay and the 99% — which includes the most comprehensive data accessible on 2011 executive pay. All of the data available is searchable by industry, by state and by the top 100 highest-paid CEOs. Read more »

The History of Labor Day

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.


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