Destroying Our Infrastructure and Our Construction Industry

Tea Party Opposition Is the Culprit. President Barack Obama today will rally public support for the radical idea of protecting the safety of American travelers, millions of middle-class jobs and independent businesses, and the reliability of our nation’s transportation systems. Who could possibly oppose all of this? You guessed it—radical Tea Party-inspired members in Congress. Read more »

Ironworkers of the Sky (New York Times)

(by Randy Kennedy, NYT) To get to the top of One World Trade Center as it stands in mid-August, just shy of 1,000 feet above Lower Manhattan, higher than anything else on the island’s southern end, first you walk to the middle of the blast-resistant concrete cathedral that will become the building’s lobby. From there, a hoist takes you to the 39th floor, whose perimeter has already been glassed in. Read more »

Building Trades unions showcase skills at Minnesota State Fair

Several Building Trades unions are taking part in the 2011 Minnesota State Fair, showcasing their skills at the Minnesota AFL-CIO’s Labor Pavilion.

The pavilion is located at the corner of Dan Patch and Cooper Avenues, near the Snelling Avenue entrance to the Fair. The Minnesota AFL-CIO publishes a daily schedule of activities on its website. Read more »

New Rules Seen as Aid to Efforts to Unionize

The National Labor Relations Board issued new regulations on Thursday that require companies to put posters on their bulletin boards that inform employees about their rights to unionize under federal law.


The Minnesota Apprenticeship Coordinators Association Has a unique fundraiser for injured apprentices who are members of building trades unions. 

When: Wednesday, September 21,2011 at @ noon

Where: Wild Marsh Sporting Clay, Inc., 13481 Co. Rd. 3 SE, Clear Water, MN (320) 743-4960

Details: $100 per shooter; bring 125 shells per shooter, 12 or 20 guage shotguns, #7.5 or #8 shot

Lunch and prizes after shoot

Ask your JATC or vendors for donations or dood prizes

RSVP by 9/15/11 to Tom Reger @ (651) 783-8422 or

Effective Communication Ideas

Basics of Effective Communication (By Larry Casey) Though it is an integral part of every union leader’s job, communication will always remain a distinctly personal art. No two persons communicate alike any more than they are quite alike in other respects. This factor of individual differences obviously makes it undesirable – even if it were possible – to attempt to reduce good communication to any kind of formula or definitive “rules of conduct”. Read more »

Labor Education Service offers labor studies skills courses

The University of Minnesota Labor Education Service is offering a series of non-credit, labor studies skills courses that provide a foundation in “nuts & bolts” areas important to working people. Classes are open to all. Sessions are held on the West Bank of the University’s Minneapolis campus. To obtain a brochure with the registration form, call 612-624-5020 or see the LES website.

The 2011-2012 schedule:

Fall 2011 Read more »

APNewsBreak: Some unions to skip 2012 convention

About a dozen trade unions plan to sit out the 2012 Democratic convention because they're angry that it's being held in a right-to-work state and frustrated that Democrats haven't done enough to create jobs.

Workers Must Unite, Mobilize Millions

Carl Davidson is an Associate member of the United Steelworkers. He recently wrote a provocative piece for the USW blog. Brother Davidson gave us some food for thought about international labor and class solidarity solidarity. Any of us can contribute the the Steelworkers blog.

Safety Materials for Workers

CPWR provides practical information for construction workers in many formats. Publications - some in Spanish - include hazard alerts for workers, fliers, booklets, and access to all of the information on it's online library eLCOSH.