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Carpenters fired by Aaron Carlson seek injunctive relief

Carpenters who have been organizing a union at the Aaron Carlson Corp. have filed for injunctive relief after they were fired on Friday and the company announced it was closing its Morris, Minn., operations. Read more »

Building Trades remember the fallen on Workers Memorial Day

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(Reprinted from the Union Advocate) Members of the Building Trades paused yesterday in St. Paul to honor members of their unions who died as a result of work-related injuries or illnesses in the previous year.

The annual Workers Memorial Day ceremony was to take place at the Workers Memorial Garden on the Capitol grounds, but organizers moved the event indoors, to the new St. Paul Labor Center, as a result of rain. Read more »

Ken Peterson: Fight for safer workplaces continues in Minnesota, worldwide

Workers Memorial Day is observed each April 28 because President Richard Nixon signed the OSHA law on that date in 1970. He called it the most significant legislation for working people enacted in American history. The new workplace-safety law was the culmination of decades of work by unions and safety advocates to reduce on-the-job deaths and injuries of American workers. Read more »

President McGarvey April 17, 2016 Keynote Address to 2016 Legislative Conference

Values. Issues. Opportunities. Brothers and Sisters... Ladies and Gentlemen... Distinguished Guests... Welcome to the 2016 Legislative Conference for North America's Building Trades Unions. I am proud to say that, because of the good work of all of you in this room...  as well as the vision and dedication of the leaders who join me on this stage here today... we have reason to be more hopeful and excited than ever before about the future economic prospects of the members and families of North America’s Building Trades Unions. Read more »

North America’s Building Trades Unions Kick-Off 2016 Legislative Conference with Focus on Values, Issues and Opportunities

Over 3,000 delegates attended the opening session of the two-day, 2016 Legislative Conference of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU). In a rousing opening keynote address, NABTU President Sean McGarvey noted the continued and steady growth that has occurred since the 2008 economic depression, while emphasizing the fact that continued success and growth will require an adherence to a value-proposition that is predicated upon partnerships with businesses and whole industries; expansion of community outreach efforts involving apprenticeship-readiness programs Read more »

On national day of action, union painters brighten disabled vet’s Shoreview home

(Reprinted from the Union Advocate) Volunteers from the Painters and Allied Trades helped ready a new home in Shoreview for the family of a disabled military veteran last weekend.  The project was part of a nationwide day of volunteer activity, IUPAT Gives Back Day, sponsored by the union. Read more »

Memorial to Capitol builders advances in Legislature

Legislation to install a plaque honoring the workers who built the state Capitol advanced Wednesday in a Senate committee, thanks to the effort of students from the Owatonna school district.

Six students testified before the Senate State Departments and Budget Division, which then laid the measure over for possible inclusion in a budget document. In mid-March, another group of students spoke to a House committee that then approved the legislation. Read more »

Scouts get hands-on lesson in carpentry

More than 100 Girl Scouts learned about carpentry and construction careers at  workshops hosted by the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters on Saturday. The scouts, in grades 6-8, participated in demonstrations on aspects of carpentry, built their own projects and had the opportunity to ask tradeswomen questions about the construction industry. Twenty-five members of the carpenters union led the workshops. Read more »

New: 52 Spanish Language Handouts & Toolbox Talks (Charlas Informativas de Seguridad Ocupacional)

This collection of 52 Toolbox Talks from CPWR -The Center for Construction Research and Training - has been available in English-only for just over two years and is widely used on construction sites across the country, with more than 100,000 downloads in the first year alone. The Safety Toolbox Talks are guides designed to easily disseminate safety and health information in the workplace. Read more »

Stand-Down for Fall Safety May 2-6, 2016

The National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down was conceived by OSHA in 2014 as part of the National Falls Campaign to raise awareness surrounding the severity of fall hazards in construction and the importance of preventing them. In the first two years of the Stand-Down we reached over 3.5 million workers.  May 2-6, 2016 will mark the third year of the event and we hope to make an even bigger impact on fall hazard awareness and prevention. Read more »