Building Trades voice support for locked-out sugar workers

Darrell Lende of the Northwest Building Trades Council spoke on behalf of the state's 50,000 Building Trades members at a massive rally Aug. 11 for workers locked out by American Crystal Sugar in the Red River Valley. Some 1,300 members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco & Grain Millers union were barred from their jobs Aug. 1 after they rejected Crystal Sugar’s contract offer by an overwhelming margin. Read more »

30 Years Ago Today: The Day the Middle Class Died ...A Letter From Michael Moore

From time to time, someone under 30 will ask me, "When did this all begin, America's downward slide?" They say they've heard of a time when working people could raise a family and send the kids to college on just one parent's income (and that college in states like California and New York was almost free).

The singing iron worker of the 2nd Avenue subway: A "Summer Wind" breezes through downtown

A new subway line is being built in New York City on the east side of Central Park. Its loud, dirty, noisy, and a general pain in the neck for anyone traveling through that part of town. It also involves a lot of union trades workers with good jobs who are creating a much easier option for anybody trying to get around NYC in the future. Amidst all the noise and dust is Gary Russo from Iron Workers Local 40 who has decided to help alleviate the situation- with song. Read more »

Congresswoman McCollum and State Leaders Host Town Hall

On Tuesday, August 9 at 7:00pm, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) will be joined by legislators from Minnesota State Senate District 64 at public town hall at Saint Catherine University. Congresswoman McCollum will discuss recent events in Washington, DC. Residents are invited to join a conversation about federal and state issues impacting our community.

WHO: Congresswoman Betty McCollum, State Representative Erin Murphy DFL-64A 

WHEN: Tuesday, August 9, 7:00-8:00 PM Read more »

A Vision for Economic Renewal – An American Jobs Agenda

America is facing a catastrophic jobs crisis. Not since the Great Depression has official unemployment hovered above nine percent – where it is today – for more than 20 months. Millions of American have given up looking for a job altogether.–-an-american-jobs-agenda/

Building Trades members gather and it’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs

Facing the worst employment outlook in decades, representatives of state construction unions gathered in their annual convention Thursday to put the focus on jobs. They heard from numerous speakers, including legislators, with Governor Mark Dayton scheduled to address delegates Friday.

The 65th annual convention of the Minnesota State Building & Construction Trades Council follows a nearly three-week state government shutdown that idled thousands of private sector construction workers in addition to 22,000 state employees. Read more »

August 1: Memorial to Interstate 35W bridge collapse victims will be dedicated on riverfront

A memorial to the victims of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse will be dedicated Monday, August 1 on the fourth anniversary of the tragedy. The dedication ceremony will begin at 5:15 p.m. at the memorial site, which overlooks the Mississippi River on West River Parkway across from Gold Medal Park (from Washington Ave. So., head to the river on 11th Ave. So, then turn left). The ceremony will conclude at 6:05 p.m., the time of the bridge collapse. Read more »

88% Of Income Growth Went To Corporate Profits, 1% Went To Wages

After the longest recession since WWII, many Americans are still struggling while S&P 500 corporations are sitting on $800 billion in cash and making massive profits. Now, economists from Northeastern University have released a study that finds our sluggish economic recovery has almost solely benefited corporations. According to the study: Read more »

Dayton signs budget, state shutdown to finally end

The Minnesota Legislature worked into the early morning hours to pass the 12 budget and spending bills to end the state government shutdown. Governor Dayton held a signing ceremony Wednesday morning.

After called by the governor, the Legislature convened for a special session at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday for the sole purpose of passing a budget. The House adjourned at 3:39 a.m. Wednesday, and the Senate about a minute later. View the votes on individual bills. Read more »

Keep your cool in the heat

J J Keller has some real simple ides about how to stay comfortable and safe in the summer heat. They range from engineering controls, personal protective equipment and work practice controls. There are also some ideas about which symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion to look for.