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Building Trades invited, but unwelcome at Bonfe’s job fair

(by Michael Moore, Union Advocate) Bonfe’s might want to consider a new recruiting strategy. For the second year in a row, the non-union mechanical and electrical contractor invited members of area Building Trades unions to attend an open house for prospective employees. And just like last year, Bonfe’s recruiters spent most of the open house trying to keep union members out. Read more »

Public employees support Building Trades to defend good jobs in Duluth

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DULUTH - More than 600 members of AFSCME Council 5, gathered in Duluth for the public employee union's annual convention, led other unions in a boisterous rally outside the Radisson hotel Friday, protesting the new owner’s use of nonunion painters from Texas for renovation work.

Laborers' statement on comments made by candidate for DFL-House 3A Bill Hansen

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Duluth, MN (September 21, 2015) – The Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota released a statement tonight on DFL House 3A candidate Bill Hansen's offensive remarks towards Minnesota construction workers, made in a video posted on Youtube:

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Looking to ‘step up our game,’ Ironworkers open new training center in St. Paul

(by Michael Moore, Union Advocate) Calling it an investment critical to the union’s survival, Ironworkers Local 512 Business Manager Charlie Roberts cut the ribbon on a new $3.1 million apprenticeship training center in St. Paul. A large crowd of journey-level, apprentice and retired Ironworkers attended the ceremony in late August, which marked the completion of Local 512’s 18,000-square-foot facility on Pierce Butler Route, near Dale Avenue. Construction work began in January. Read more »

American Apprenticeship and Beyond

When Americans think of apprenticeship, their thoughts more often turn to reality television than worker training. It’s no wonder: Despite a centuries-long history and federal support dating back to the 1930s, apprenticeship is vastly underutilized in the United States. As a result, many Americans are unfamiliar with apprenticeships and how they operate. Read more »

BIT Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony at T3

Office Project is Second Development for BIT in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis.  Last week more than 100 union leaders and workers, elected officials, and local community advocates joined the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT) and Hines to celebrate the groundbreaking of T3, in Minneapolis, MN. Read more »

Ground broken for union-built, eco-friendly office building

Labor, business and government representatives broke ground Monday for a multi-tenant office building constructed with union labor and offering “an eco-friendly, welcoming environment.”

The T3 Office at 333 Washington Ave. N., will continue the revitalization of the Minneapolis North Loop that has been partially financed by union pension funds. Located north of Target Field, the building will be adjacent to the Dock Street Flats, union-built apartments. Read more »

Melander steps down as St. Paul Building Trades’ top officer

(Michael Moore, Union Advocate) Harry Melander has stepped down after 10 years as the executive secretary of the St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council, which swore Don Mullin into office as Melander’s successor in the full-time position at a delegate meeting tonight. Delegates voted unanimously to elect Mullin at a meeting last month. Read more »

Building Trades celebrate busy construction season, look to future

Minnesota’s construction unions, gathered for the annual convention of the State Building & Construction Trades Council celebrated a busy construction season while also looking to the future.

The group’s two-day convention Thursday and Friday included numerous speeches by public officials and discussion of current and future construction. At the moment, the unions are experiencing near full employment on projects across the state. Read more »

Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect

This 2015 edition of  Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect  marks the 24th year the AFL-CIO has produced a report on the state of safety and health protections for America’s workers. Read more »