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Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council Stands in Solidarity With Organized Labor

The Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council condemns U.S. Supreme Court ruling that attacks organized labor. Read more »

MN’s public-sector unions aren’t mourning Janus, they’re organizing

Early on a Wednesday morning last month, about two dozen St. Paul water department employees trudged into a small conference room for a meeting with their union representatives. After listening to a quick pitch, the workers signed new membership cards, shook hands with their reps and punched in for the day.

Even by union standards, it was an entirely unglamorous scene. There were no bullhorns, no banners, no picket signs – not even coffee or donuts. Read more »

Association: More tariffs will hurt construction, other industries

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has come out against White House threats to impose an additional $200 billion of tariffs on goods imported from China. Read more »

Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council Endorses Sen. Smith for U.S. Senate

Today, the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council announced their endorsement of Sen. Tina Smith for the U.S. Senate.

“Tina is a proven champion for unions and working families,” said Carly Melin, Executive Director of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council. “Tina has always been an advocate for workers in Minnesota. As Lt. Governor, she worked to raise the minimum wage, expand access to paid parental leave and fought for equal pay. We need her voice in Washington to keep fighting for all working families.” Read more »

MN Citizens Federation Northeast offers workshop to fight attacks on Social Security and Medicare

We need to fight the attacks on Social Security and Medicare. Protecting these critical programs is one of the biggest challenges facing the Labor Movement, and all Americans. Anti-worker forces are trying to weaken these vitalprograms by relying on false statements to misinform and scare people.  This is their key tactic to get their way and weaken these programs that everyone relies on. They falsely claim that the benefits you have earned are “welfare.”

To fight back, we need the facts, and clear messages.    Read more »

Minnesota receives $1.8 million federal grant to expand apprenticeship opportunities

Minnesota has received a new $1.8 million federal apprenticeship grant that will continue to expand registered apprenticeship throughout Minnesota. The federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's (USDOL) State Apprenticeship Expansion initiative is the second major grant awarded to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). In 2016, DLI’s Apprenticeship Minnesota received a $1.5 million grant from USDOL. Read more »

Here Comes the Sun: Getting a Handle on Heat Stress

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As summer brings waves of rising temperatures and stuffy humidity from coast to coast, many people are starting to plan fun activities that will take them to pools, lakes and beaches, while others will curl up in the frosty confines of air conditioning. However, in construction, this is a busy time of year. It’s not uncommon to see sweating workers toiling in high-heat conditions on steaming asphalt. Heat and humidity are a serious health threat to workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 20 construction workers die from heat-related illnesses each year. Read more »

High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University

(by Ashley Gross and Jon Marcus, NPR) Like most other American high school students, Garret Morgan had it drummed into him constantly: Go to college. Get a bachelor's degree.

"All through my life it was, 'if you don't go to college you're going to end up on the streets,' " Morgan said. "Everybody's so gung-ho about going to college." Read more »

Highway Construction Training Program Opens Opportunities

(by Filiberto Nolasco Gomez) Jamie Fisher is a single mother struggling to make ends meet working in cosmetology and office administration. In order for Jaime to buy her own home and support her daughter in her plans to buying a home in increasingly expensive Rochester, she needed to make a career change. Despite having family that are union roofers, she had never really considered the building trades. “I was brought up in an era where women worked in offices. College wasn’t an option.”

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With pension and bonding bills, Dayton saves best for last

(by Michael Moore) Common ground between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature was in short supply at the Capitol this year, but lawmakers were able to compromise on two bills that union members lobbied hard for during the recently ended session.

On May 30, Dayton signed a bipartisan bill to stabilize pension funds covering more than 500,000 public-sector workers, the last item of unfinished business from the 2018 session. Read more »