Letter to the editor from President Melander about the recent tragedies

MNBCT President Harry MelanderLast week, three Minnesotans who were at work doing what they do every day, tragically lost their lives. Craig D. Carlson and Ronald Rajkowski died when a car plowed into them alongside Interstate 35W in Burnsville while they were working. Electrician Thomas Michael Gamboni was electrocuted while working on a sign in Centerville. Read more »

Minnesota Wants to Work – A Week of Action

Minnesotans want to work. Since the start of 2008, Minnesota has lost 127,200 jobs. The worst economic crisis for the Great Depression has left people struggling to support themselves and their families. Unfortunately, politicians and the banks they bailed out have yet to take bold action to help create the jobs we need. That’s why next week, across the country and here in Minnesota, we’re taking action.  Find an action near you and let’s show those in power that Minnesota wants to work.  Read more »

IBEW members join in ‘Occupy Minnesota’ demonstrations

Members of IBEW Local 292 are among the Building Trades members participating in Friday’s “Occupy Minnesota” demonstrations – part of the nationwide movement to hold Wall Street accountable for taking a bailout and failing to create jobs.

Demonstrators gathered by the hundreds on the plaza outside the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.

“Jobs, jobs and the right to organize. The right to a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay – that’s why we’re here,” said Shawn Ulm, a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 292. Read more »

Occupy Wall Street: List and map of over 200 U.S. solidarity events and Facebook pages

On this page at the Daily Kos, you will find a comprehensive list of links to locations in the United States and Canada with Occupy Wall Street solidarity events. Unless otherwise noted, all of these links take you to Facebook pages, so you must be logged into Facebook in order to view them.  The Minnesota Building Trades Facebook site can be seen here, or by clicking on the FB icon on the left.

Unions Joining in the Anti-Wall Street Protests

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Members from a growing number of many different unions are arriving to show support for this protest in the financial district around Wall Street, as can be seen in this clip from ABC News. Read more »

Congressional panel approves Stillwater bridge plan

(from Minnesota Public Radio)

A congressional committee gave the green light Wednesday to a $700 million plan to replace the aging lift bridge in Stillwater. The bill to allow construction of a replacement bridge easily passed the House Natural Resources Committee. The National Parks service has ruled the bridge would violate the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and Rep. Rush Holt, D-New Jersey, cited that in making a veiled criticism of the bridge bill's sponsor, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. Read more »

Nebraska LIUNA Members Fight to Unlock Keystone XL Jobs

Hundreds of members of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – stood together on September 27 in support of unlocking thousands of jobs in Nebraska through construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would provide a desperately needed boost to the state’s struggling working families.

Nebraska LIUNA members voiced their strong support for the project Tuesday at a public hearing held by the U.S. State Department. Members outside the hearing also rallied in favor of unlocking thousands of good jobs. Read more »

Secretary of Labor Solis in Minneapolis at the 10th Ave Bridge

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Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis visited with construction workers, politicians, and business leaders at the 10th Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis on Thursday, Sept. 29 She was in Minneapolis to discuss the American Jobs Act’s impact for Minnesota’s economy and the state’s workers. She also addressed a national young workers conference hosted by the AFL-CIO to discuss what the president’s plan means for youth, college students and young professionals. Read more »

U.S.Transportation Secretary LaHood at the historic Union Depot Station

On Monday, Sept.19, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff visited Minnesota in support of President Obama’s American Jobs Act and called on Congress to make significant investments in job-creating transportation projects across the country like the currently underway Central Corridor Light Rail project.  Read more »