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Pipe Trades, Mayo Clinic team up for cancer researc

The United Association, a union of more than 370,000 plumbers, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters and service technicians worldwide, teamed up with the Mayo Clinic yesterday to raise an estimated $1 million for cancer research.  The total marks continued growth for the Pipe Trades’ golf tournament, held for the third consecutive year at Hillcrest Country Club, which is owned by St. Paul Pipefitters Local 455. Last year the event raised $800,000. Read more »

LABORERS TO CELEBRATE THEIR HARD WORK BY GIVING BACK TO THOSE IN NEED AT AUGUST 16 PICNIC

Laborers Family Picnic FUNraiser features live music, kids activities, a car and motorcycle show and the philanthropy that has become the organization’s legacy. The Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota, along with The Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) announced today plans for the first-ever Laborers Family Summer Picnic FUNraiser from 10 a.m. Read more »

Construction trades say job growth is key issue in upcoming elections

With two new stadiums in the works and $1 billion in new state infrastructure investments – as well as jobs-creating regional improvements like the Destination Medical Center here – the Building Trades unions in Minnesota are riding a wave of momentum.

That momentum is at stake in elections up and down the Nov. 4 ballot, speakers warned delegates to the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council’s annual convention at the Kahler Hotel last week. Read more »

Trades showcase apprenticeship programs at Construct Tomorrow career fair

Maria Meza watched intently as Robbie Luukkonen, a journeyman member of Bricklayers Local 1, installed ceramic tile onto a makeshift practice wall. When Luukkonen had finished the demonstration, Meza picked up the tools and tried tiling for herself.

This is the way Meza, who graduated from St. Paul Johnson High School in the spring, learns best. “I’m a hands-on type of person,” she explained. “I’m not the type of person to sit behind a computer all day.” Read more »

Laborers press Minnetonka school board to investigate child-labor charges

On July 24 Laborers Local 563 called on the Minnetonka School Board to commission an independent investigation into possible violations of state and federal child-labor laws stemming from construction work at district’s Scenic Heights Elementary School. Read more »

MN Vikings Stadium Construction up close and personal

Operating Engineers Local 49 has set up a Pinterest site showing pictures of the site of the new stadium- from many heights and angles! Check it out, and share (pin) the pictures with friends, colleagues, family, and anybody who has an interest in construction projects up close and personal. Great stuff!

Fixing the Highway Trust Fund Isn't Rocket Science, but Stakes Are High

The Highway Trust Fund pays for the upkeep of our roads, bridges and public transit. Yet for more than two decades, Congress has failed to increase its funding. The fund hasn't kept up with inflation, let alone the urgent needs for the modernization of our transportation systems. Now a crisis, years in the making, is coming to a head. Read more »

LABORERS FILE SECOND CHILD LABOR COMPLAINT IN TWO WEEKS OVER WORK AT TWIN CITIES SCHOOLS

A formal complaint was submitted today to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and the United States Department of Labor on behalf of Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 563, regarding a possible violation of child labor laws at a construction site at a Minnetonka, Minnesota elementary school. Read more »

Unions raise safety concerns at Ridgedale mall construction site

Laborers, bricklayers, painters, electricians and other union craftspeople picketed together outside Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka this morning, targeting several contractors working inside the mall that are undermining area wage and safety standards, according to the unions.

Ridgedale’s Chicago-based ownership group, General Growth Properties (GGP), is spending $100 million to upgrade the mall, which opened in 1974. Several tenants are investing in improvements to their retail facilities as well.

But progress on the Ridgedale renovation has been anything but smooth. Read more »

LABORERS PICKET RIDGEDALE CENTER RENOVATION CONTRACTORS DUE TO SAFETY AND WAGE CONCERNS

Shoppers at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka will see signs for more than just sales as they visit the mall today.  Members of Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 563 have been onsite since dawn picketing contractors working on general mall and tenant improvements. Local 563 is just one of the many construction trade unions that have mounted pickets at the mall today over pay and safety concerns. Read more »