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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 »

AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust Honors over 150 Workers at Flux Apartments

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The AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT) and Greco Development LLC recently held an appreciation luncheon to honor union workers at the Flux Apartments' construction site in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Over 150 workers, all members of unions affiliated with the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council, were in attendance. Guests were also joined by national and local labor leaders who recognized the BIT for its commitment to job creation in the area and praised the workers for their skill and professionalism. Read more »

Oil Sands hearing on September 29: Get on the bus!

Building Trades' presence is critical for a hearing in Pierre, South Dakota, about the proposed Keystone XL project. As with everything, those who show up, win. And if we do not show up, this pipeline- and a refinery project that depends on it-means the loss of 20,000 jobs. Read more »

Impact of Construction Jobs in Minnesota

Policymakers need to start finding a way to get our economy moving again. The construction industry presents, in the words of corporate America, a large ROI (return-on-investment). Putting construction workers to work stimulates the economy not only by injecting wages into it and thereby increasing consumer demand, but it eases the burden on social welfare and unemployment systems.

To see the economic impact of the consrtruction industry, lets look at some facts. Read more »

The History of Labor Day

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm