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Center for American Progress: Building Middle-Class Wealth Through Unions

A secure middle class depends not only on workers earning fair and stable incomes but also on their ability to sufficiently save for the future. When families live paycheck to paycheck, unexpected sickness or layoffs can spark years of compounding hardships. Read more »

Some Opponents of Prevailing Wage Are Really Bad at Math

A new report by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute finds that prevailing wage repeal cannot result in "44 percent savings" in Wisconsin. (Full Report PDF: Prevailing Wage Repeal Cannot Result in "44 Percent Savings:" Evidence from Southwestern Wisconsin) Read more »

Union plumbers step up to keep St. Paul Schools’ water safe

(Union Advocate) Union plumbers are stepping up to make sure drinking water is safe for students and staff in the St. Paul Public Schools. The district recently finished testing all water fixtures in its buildings for lead. While more than 95 percent of fixtures passed the initial test, maintenance staff identified 233 fixtures that needed replacing. Read more »

IBEW Women Wire Habitat for Humanity House in All-Women Project

(By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor)  Inside a brand-new Habitat Humanity house under construction in north Minneapolis, an all-women crew is volunteering to complete the electrical work. They're members of Sisters in Solidarity — SIS — from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Twin Cities' locals. Read more »

Apprenticeship: A great career pathway for Minnesota's workforce

(By Commissioner Ken Peterson, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry) 

Apprenticeship programs are providing great career pathways for TeVaan Paye of Minneapolis, Connor Langer of Owatonna and more than 12,000 other Minnesotans.

Apprenticeship is a centuries-old training system that combines on-the-job learning with formal classroom instruction. Read more »

Apprenticeships are Beneficial to the Economy

(The following is an excerpt from the guest commentary originally published in The News-GazetteFor the full op-ed and guest appearance, please visit this link.)  “Ultimately, the facts make it clear that not everyone is going to go to college. Read more »

Sheet metal partners tackle challenges at the NFL’s newest stadium

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you:  Winning a contract to work on U.S. Bank Stadium—located in downtown Minneapolis and home of the NFL’s Vikings—wasn’t just any old job for SMACNA contractors MG McGrath Inc. Sheet Metal and Albers Commercial Kitchen Services. It was one that involved creating one of the largest and most unique structures in North America.   Read more »

LABORERS RE-ELECT O’SULLIVAN, DEFEND OIL PIPELINE PROJECTS

Delegates to the Laborers convention unanimously re-elected union President Terry O’Sullivan and the entire executive board at their convention in late September. But they also took on other unions over construction of oil pipelines. Read more »

Roofers: Building Trades, Rowan University Team Up for Scholarships, B.A. Degree in Construction Management

(By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer) North America’s Building Trades Unions and Rowan University have joined up to launch a Bachelor of Arts degree program in construction management, the Roofers reported, with scholarships available for deserving – and conscientious - students. Read more »

FIVE CONSTRUCTION UNION LEADERS URGE DAKOTA PIPELINE GO-AHEAD

(By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer) Five construction union leaders, who have a combined 8,000 members working to build the Dakota Access Pipeline, are urging Democratic President Barack Obama to reverse agency rulings and let the oil pipeline project go ahead. Read more »