Labor Federation president named to stadium board

Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation president Bill McCarthy was sworn in last month by Governor Mark Dayton as one of the five members of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the appointed board that will guide development of the new Minnesota Vikings football stadium. McCarthy was one of two Authority members appointed by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

Governor Mark Dayton appointed three Authority members, including Michele Kelm-Helgen, whom he appointed as its chair. Read more »

Wind Slow Down Already Seen in Minnesota

The following post is from Katie Gulley, Regional Program Manager for the BlueGreen Alliance in Minnesota. Monday, I had the pleasure of visiting International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 343’s Training Facility in Rochester, MN with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman. Read more »

Construction unions hail passage of highway bill

Construction unions hailed Congressional passage of a two-year, $101.3 billion measure to fund reconstruction of the nation’s roads and bridges, but Amalgamated Transit Union President Larry Hanley panned it as bad for bus, subway and commuter rail systems and their riders. Read more »

Rebuilding the World Trade Center: Veterans Trade Helmets for Hard Hats with Union Training

William Plotner waited for his daughter’s second birthday to enroll in the military on Sept. 11, 2004—three years after the World Trade Center twin towers fell. He wanted his daughter to remember the significance of her birth date. But most of all, he wanted her to think of him as a hero. Now Plotner, a U.S. Army veteran and member of Laborers (LIUNA) Local 79, is rebuilding the World Trade Center.

Says Plotner:

On 9-11-04 I swore in. And now I get to work here. It brings, like, another sense of pride. Read more »

Building Trades members help build school playground

Members of Minneapolis Building Trades unions teamed up with other volunteers, including staff of the Minnesota Vikings, to build a school playground this week in Minneapolis. Read more »

Unions cheer Minneapolis City Council approval of stadium plan

As Vikings fans wearing purple and construction workers wearing orange looked on, the Minneapolis City Council Friday voted 7-6 in the final vote of approval needed for a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium to move forward.

The vote gave the city’s approval for its part of a $975 million stadium financing plan recently passed by the State Legislature. Read more »

Prevailing Wage law is good for state’s workers, contractors and taxpayers

By Harry Melander, President, Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council, and a guest columnist in the May 2012 edition of the St Paul Union Advocate.

As Minnesotans, we expect our tax dollars to be spent wisely. When it comes to public construction projects, we value quality, safety and long-term value. The best safeguard Minnesotans have in ensuring these results is our state’s Prevailing Wage law. Read more »

After years of dealing and debate, Vikings get their biggest win

(Mpls StarTribune) Ending a decade of turmoil, the Minnesota Senate on Thursday gave final approval to a $975 million Vikings stadium meant to anchor the team in Minneapolis for a generation.

The vote ended a turbulent session that saw the project nearly die several times, only to get revived and then dominate the Legislature's final weeks, as opponents ultimately succumbed to intense pressure. Read more »

Website offers latest data on CEO pay

The national AFL-CIO has launched the 2012 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch site — called CEO Pay and the 99% — which includes the most comprehensive data accessible on 2011 executive pay. All of the data available is searchable by industry, by state and by the top 100 highest-paid CEOs. Read more »

Building Trades protest non-union construction associated with HCMC

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Minneapolis Building Trades members are questioning how a facility associated with Hennepin County Medical Center – one of Minnesota’s leading publicly operated health institutions – can be built by a California company using non-union, out-of-state workers. Union members protested Wednesday at the site of the nearly completed, $15 million distribution center in an industrial park in Rogers. They carried signs and chanted, “Minnesota jobs for Minnesota workers!” Read more »