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LABORERS’ ‘CLEAN POWER PROGRESS’ CAMPAIGN PUSHES NATURAL GAS PIPELINES TO AVOID U.S. ENERGY CRUNCH

Saying the U.S. faces a looming energy crunch as nuclear power plants shut down and coal-fired electric plants are taken offline, the Laborers have launched a “Clean Power Progress” campaign for more natural gas pipelines as a way to fill U.S. energy needs. Their drive, started this summer, focuses on a pipeline running through Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan. If built, the pipeline would transport natural gas not just to consumers in those states, but also elsewhere in the U.S., the union says. Read more »

"In Minnesota, red tape is strangling projects like Sandpiper pipeline"

Dayton streamlined the environmental permit process. Why is it taking so long?

By Jason George, Matthew Gordon and Joan Lee (Star Tribune Editorial)

Minnesota has forgotten its roots when it comes to environmental permitting Read more »

This summer job is a crash course in construction careers

(Union Advocate) One by one Friday, graduates of the inaugural MN Trades Academy stepped up to the podium inside IBEW Local 110’s union hall and offered their three favorite construction crafts. Welding was a popular choice – not surprisingly, given the teenage demographic – but there was something for every one of the 20 graduates, who spent nine weeks this summer working as paid interns, touring the apprenticeship centers of 16 local Building Trades unions. Read more »

Unionized Construction Workers in Minnesota Get Back $5.59 for Every Dollar Paid in Dues

In Minnesota, construction workers are productive, high-skilled, and well-paid. Over 30 percent of these workers are members of a union. To maintain and increase membership, trade unions in Minnesota must continually demonstrate how workers benefit from contributing dues. Read more »

Native pride meets union pride in Cement Masons’ training program

(Michael Moore, Union Advocate) As the first trickle of mud oozed out of the concrete truck’s chute, 13 trainees dressed in hardhats, safety vests and tall rubber boots sprung into action, using shovels and trowels to distribute the concrete evenly across 13 rectangular slabs.

The July heat was pushing 90 degrees, and the trainees, participants in a unique pre-apprenticeship program co-sponsored by the Cement Masons and area tribal authorities, worked in silence, heads down, as their instructors barked orders and critiqued their work.

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Building Trades, Firefighters, raise alarm about contractors' use
 of unsafe lumber

Out-of-state contractors are using unsafe lumber at four large, multi-family residential developments under construction in Minneapolis, Golden Valley, St. Louis Park and Minnetonka, Building Trades and Firefighters say.  Read more »

Trades picket school projects in Waconia

(By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editorHeat and Frost Insulators Local 34, supported by other Building Trades unions, began an informational picket at Bayview and Southview elementary schools in Waconia Thursday to let the public know that contractor Peterson Sheet Metal was not paying the area standard wage to insulators working on HVAC updates at the two schools.

The picketing prompted several union workers at Southview to decide on their own to leave the job site, Local 34 members reported. Read more »

Memorial represents, honors all workers

(By Lynette Kalsness, AFSCME Council 5)  Workers from across Minnesota and across the generations gathered near our state Capitol on Memorial Day to dedicate the new Workers Memorial Mural. They came early and stayed late to stand next to the mosaic mural by artist Craig David. They took pictures and touched the figures that resembled them, a parent or a grandparent. Over and over again, people pointed to colorful figures depicted in stone, tile and glass and said, "There I am." Read more »

Workers Memorial Mural celebrated at dedication event

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On a hot, sunny Memorial Day, May 30, 2016, a crowd of over 400 people gathered at the Workers Memorial Garden on the lawn at the State Capitol to dedicate a Workers Memorial Mural. The installation, a hand-cut stone mosaic created by Twin Cities artist Craig David, can be seen on the south-facing wall of the Workers Memorial Garden. It is a wild mix of colors and shapes that suggest images of workers and working life throughout the history of Minnesota. Read more »

Minnesota Building Trades Endorses Angie Craig for Congress

DFL-endorsed candidate for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District Angie Craig announced today that the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council has endorsed her candidacy for Congress. Read more »