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Workers Memorial Day at Capitol

In St. Paul, more than 125 people gathered at the Workers Memorial Garden on the Capitol grounds. Most huddled under a tent in 40-degree weather as steady drizzle fell around them. (with MNDOT video) For the first time, the ceremony combined observances organized each year by MnDOT’s Metro District and by the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council. Read more »

Prevailing Wisdom for Prevailing Wage

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State Council President Harry Melander, President, MN Pipe Trades Crimmins, and Prof. John Remington, Labor Educaiton Service, are featured in this video by Tom Niemisto, MN 2020, about the benefits of prevailing wage. In the continuing attack on Minnesota’s middle class, conservatives are now targeting prevailing wage laws which ensure construction workers are fairly paid on state-funded projects. Read more »

Senator Franken's videomessage in observance of Workers Memorial Day

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Senator Al Franken (D-MN) honors workers in this video. 

Mn/DoT Takes Exception to History Channel's Report About Stillwater Lift Bridge

Recently, the History Channel aired a television program called America’s Wakeup Call, in which the Stillwater Lift Bridge was discussed.Although it is important to note that the premise regarding transportation funding is valid, Mn/DOT wanted to provide a response to the program which carried a number of inaccurate statements about the Stillwater Lift Bridge.

http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/liftbridge/index.html

State Capitol’s stunning beauty came at a terrible cost

The stunning beauty of the Minnesota State Capitol came at a cost- at least five workers died building it. These men had been virtually forgotten, but will finally be publicly recognized for the first time during the Workers Memorial Day ceremony Thursday. Read more »

A Message About Safety From Senator Franken

Senater Al Franken delivers an important short speech about Workers Memorial Day, 2011.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9e8HEdEUGA

Stillwater Lift Bridge: A Disaster in Waiting

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In August it will be four years since the bridge collapsed on Interstate 35W which fell into the Mississippi River killing 17 people. On a scale of 100, that bridge rated 52. The Stillwater Lift Bridge is rated at 30. The History Channel did an story about dangerous American bridges.  Important: Please note that Mn/DOT has developed a response to this show because of certain inaccuracies and false statements put out by the show host. Read more »

Proposal to Change Prevailing Wage Law

The Minnesota State Building Trades Council would like a large number of members and officers to attend a hearing that could weaken the state Prevailing Wage Law. The hearing will take place on Tuesday, April 26 at 2:30 p.m. in the conference committee room of the State Office Building (SOB). For additional information please call your local union.

The New Republican Landscape

 If it was not clear before, it is obvious now that the Republican party is fully engaged in a project to dismantle the foundations of the New Deal and the Great Society, and to liberate business and the rich from the inconveniences of oversight and taxes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/18/opinion/18mon1.html?_r=2&ref=opinion

"There Was a Time In This Country..."

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Reverend Cletus Kiley delivers Labor's Invocation at the 2011 Building Trades National Legislative Conference. The passionate appeal to workers rights and social justice nationwide set the tone for the day.