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OSHA ISSUES RULE TO PROTECT CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN CONFINED SPACES

By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer - It’s taken more than 20 years, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to protect workers in confined spaces.  And OSHA says that implementing it could save deaths and injuries of almost 800 construction workers a year – some 96 percent of those who die or get hurt in confined-space tragedies. Read more »

Hundreds of construction workers participate in Workers Memorial Day ceremony in Saint Paul

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Still wearing hardhats and bright neon safety vests, hundreds of construction workers walked from their jobs building the new Senate Office Building and renovating the State Capitol to attend Tuesday’s Workers Memorial Day ceremony at the Capitol complex’s Workers Memorial Garden.  Read more »

ITC Co-Hosts Helmets to Hardhats Reception

More than 400 labor leaders- including Minnesotans Harry Melander and Ray and Carol Waldron- consultants, workers, members of the military, and other guests recently attended a very special fundraiser in support of “Helmets to Hardhats.” The fundraiser, held in conjunction with the National Building Trades Legislative Conference, raised more than $50,000 in donations.  Read more »

MN Labor Leader Participates in White House Upskill Summit

IUPAT Business Manager Terry Nelson discusses community partnership, training and apprenticeship

On Friday, April 24, 2015, Terry Nelson, business manager of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 82 of Little Canada, Minnesota, joined 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators and tech innovators from across the country at this White House summit that is answering President Obama’s recent call to action to equip workers with the skills they need to advance into better-paying jobs. Read more »

David Roe, Building Trades & MN AFL-CIO President Emeritus, will be on TPT Monday night

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Tune in Monday night, April 27th at 9:30pm, to the Mary Hanson Show on Twin Cities Public Television, TPT Channel 2.2. Mary's guest is Dave Roe, Minnesota AFL-CIO and MN Building Trades President Emeritus. The program is also available on YouTube. The interview is airing Monday night because that is the eve of Workers Memorial Day, dedicated to remembering those who have suffered and died on the job or are afflicted with work-related illnesses, and to the renewal of efforts to ensure safe workplaces for all. Read more »

Killed and injured workers to be remembered April 28

Workers Memorial Day in Minnesota will have a special focus this year on the threats facing mental health workers. In addition to events at construction sites and union halls on April 28, AFSCME will march at six treatment centers. Building Trades unions will hold a ceremony at noon at the Workers Memorial Garden on the grounds of the state Capitol. Read more »

Employment Trends and Projections in Construction

Beginning this year, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) will publish Quarterly Data Reports to illuminate the quickly changing construction industry and better serve construction stakeholders. These data reports, published on CPWR’s website, will cover topics directly related to the safety and health of construction workers. They will be presented in a similar format to the CPWR Data Briefs, but will be published four times per year. Read more »

Fatal Construction Accident Shows Higher Risks Faced by Latino Workers

Raleigh- Monday morning, March 23, 2015, in Raleigh, North Carolina, was a mild and slightly overcast day. The first signs of spring were beginning to emerge after an uncharacteristically chilly winter for the capital of the Southern state. But the recent cold weather had hardly hampered the construction of several high-rise office and condo projects, unprecedented for the generally low-rise city. Read more »

Water’s Off volunteers provide plumbing repairs for low-income homeowners

“This is too good to be true,” Laurene Gruett said as Gerald Keating and Brett Sergot, members of St. Paul Plumbers Local 34, repaired the basement shower and kitchen sink in her North St. Paul home March 21. “What a blessing. Keating and Sergot were among 57 volunteers from Local 34 who participated in the annual Water’s Off day of service. St. Paul plumbers provided free service and repairs to 50 low-income, senior or disabled homeowners. Read more »

Loretto man gets 22 months for lying about employees wages

United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger announced on March 3, 2015 the sentencing of JEFFERY JOHN PLZAK, 52, to 22 months in federal prison for felony false statements in connection with prevailing wage violations. PLZAK pleaded guilty on July 8, 2014, to one count of False Statements and was sentenced on March 3, 2015, before Judge Patrick J. Schiltz in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn. Read more »