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Unions Warn Black Friday Shoppers of Holiday Hazards at Ridgedale Center

Recent Discovery of Open, Unguarded Skylight Shows Continued Disregard for Public, Workplace Safety.

While holiday shoppers look for gifts this Black Friday at Ridgedale Center, union members say the mall’s owners should expect coal in their stocking due to lax construction safety practices that have repeatedly put shoppers and workers at risk. Read more »

Unions split on Keystone as Senate stops pro-pipeline bill

Unions split on building the controversial Keystone XL pipeline as the Senate narrowly voted to stop a pro-Keystone bill. Legislation to approve the pipeline is likely to come up again in 2015 when Republicans have control of both houses of Congress. Read more »

Resurrection shows how the people's house is getting renovated

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A film by John Kaul is provides a fascinating look at the renovations going on at the MN State Capitol. You may be surprised at the scope of the project (it's huge), and when you look at work sites and see the incredible changes inside because of this radical overhaul, well, you have to see it to believe it: the tour is riveting.   Read more »

Helping Women Veterans Find Sheet Metal Apprenticeships

After serving their country, many veterans have trouble transitioning into civilian jobs, particularly younger and female service members. The unemployment rate among all veterans ages 18–24 is 21.3% (compared to 13.1% of civilians.  And while male veterans have an unemployment rate (4.2%) lower than the national rate, female veterans are much worse off with a 7.9% unemployment rate. Read more »

Helmets to Hardhats for our veterans

We offer vets free training for good jobs in the building trades.

The unemployment rate for our military veterans is roughly twice the national average. This is perhaps the most overlooked statistic in stories on the U.S. economy.

American troops have fought overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan for 13 years now — the longest sustained military engagement in our nation’s history. Our troops have been bloodied, bruised and battered on those faraway battlefields. Read more »

Classic CPWR Training Tools: Ahora en Español!

The U.S. construction industry employs upwards of two million Latinos, most of them foreign-born. They suffer death and injury on the job at rates well above the industry average, and many would benefit from quality Spanish-language safety and health materials. Read more »

Union Construction Training Program Graduates First All-Female Class in CT

For the first time since its inception in 1999, New Haven County’s own Construction Worker Initiative 2 (CWI2) graduated its first all-female class. On October 23rd, 37 women collected certifications in carpentry or painting and taping from the training school. The program, which prepares the city’s un- and underemployed residents for careers in construction, generally trains 200-300 males and females each year. Read more »

Union coalition launches “Shop at Your Own Risk” ad campaign

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Members of a coalition of 28 unions gathered outside Ridgedale Mall on Wednesday to launch a “Shop at your Own Risk” ad campaign warning shoppers of potentially serious safety hazards at the mall. Despite documenting and reporting many hazards at several of the mall’s construction sites over the past six months, the unions’ concerns have gone unheeded. Read more »

OSHA announces effort to reduce fatal falls from cellphone towers

Under pressure from the Communications Workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced an initiative on Oct. 14 to reduce the number of workers killed in fatal falls from cellphone transmission towers.

What's notable about the CWA lobbying on the issue is that it's another instance of unions sticking up for all workers, union and non-union.   Read more »

Volunteer pipefitters tune up furnaces for homeowners in need

Volunteer members of St. Paul Pipefitters Local 455 serviced furnaces for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners as part of the 29th annual HEAT’S ON day of service Sept. 27. Area union contractors, members of the Minnesota Mechanical Contractors Association, supplied parts and vehicles to the effort, and 147 volunteers from Local 455 and other pipefitters locals provided the labor. Read more »