New study concludes that construction contractor CEO income falls dramatically in states that adopt "Right-to-Work" laws

For those of you living in states that are contemplating the enactment of a "Right-to-Work" law, you should download a new study that has some surprising conclusions. Read more »

Minneapolis construction trends match U-area development

Minneapolis building permits totaled $1.2 billion last year, mostly for residential housing, breaking a city record and reflecting a larger migration trend — one that University of Minnesota neighborhoods mirror.

The city approved nearly $526.8 million in building permits for the University area in 2013, about eight times more than a decade ago. City officials expect the uptick in permit value to keep increasing.

Some say urban population growth can be good news, but an area's character and the city's comprehensive plan can be at risk if development is misguided. Read more »

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 »

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