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STATE BUILDING TRADE COUNCIL SPONSORING OSHA 500 CLASS

Participants who complete the training will receive:

  • OSHA 500 Completion Certificate from the National Resource Center.
  • Authorization to teach the 10 hour and 30 hour Construction Safety Classes often referred to as the OSHA 10 and 30 hour courses.
  • Authorization to teach the OSHA 7600 Disaster Site Worker Course

John Wooden on Leadership

Legendary basketball coach John Wooden wrote and taught on the subject of leadership all his adult life. While Mr. Wooden is remembered most often for his NCAA basketball championships, he taught all those around him about the significance of leadership. He would use an image he created and called The Pyramid of Success. As you study these fifteen building blocks, try to visualize how you can apply them to your leadership skills.

May 1933: Hitler Abolishes Unions

On May 2nd, 1933, the day after Labor day, Nazi groups occupied union halls and labor leaders were arrested.  Trade Unions were outlawed by Adolf Hitler, while collective bargaining and the right to strike was abolished. This was the beginning of a consolidation of power by the fascist. 

http://newsjunkiepost.com/2011/02/20/may-1933-hitler-abolishes-unions/

Right to Work: Representation Without Taxation

Part of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's union-busting agenda is including a "right to work" rule for public-sector employees. Several other Republican governors are considering similar measures for both the public and private sectors. Insofar as they succeed, these right-to-work measures will seriously weaken the bargaining power of workers.

http://www.truth-out.org/right-work-representation-without-taxation68110

Melander among those appointed to Met Council

Four union members, including President Harry Melander,  are among 16 appointments by Governor Mark Dayton to the Metropolitan Council, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.

The Met Council oversees many important public services in the seven-county metropolitan area, including wastewater treatment, the bus system, affordable housing and regional planning. Council members serve at the pleasure of the governor and make governing decisions for the council.

The four union appointees are: Read more »

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

About two months ago a group of financial experts from different walks of life published a preliminary report about our nation's current recession and what may have caused it. We have all heard different aspects and spins about that report which is now available online. Take a look at it and make up your own mind.

http://www.fcic.gov/report

Steamfitters Pipefitters Local 455 buys Hillcrest Golf Club for $4.3M

Reprinted from the StarTribune.com:  A local pipefitters union has snapped up the old Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul, paying $4.3 million for the private club and vowing to keep it private for at least two years. The union said it hopes to breathe new life into the business, which has been in the red with sliding membership. The all-cash deal closed earlier this month. Read more »

AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust Invests $50 Million to Renovate 1,300 Housing Units in Minnesota

The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) announced a $50 million commitment of union pension capital to finance the substantial rehabilitation of the historic Riverside Plaza apartment complex. The investment will modernize the 1,303 housing units at the aging Minneapolis landmark, with work on the $123 million project expected to generate an estimated 635 union construction jobs. Read more »

10 Developments in the Huge Story of Wisconsin's Uprising

The drama unfolding  in Wisconsin enters its second week, and as tens of thousands of workers and their supporters ring the state's capitol expressing outrage over Union-busting Republican Governor Scott Walker's bill, the impasse doesn't appear to be headed towards a resolution anytime soon.

http://www.alternet.org/story/149986/10_latest_developments_in_the_huge_...

11 of the Tea Party GOP's Most Ridiculous Policy Ideas (So Far)

Only weeks have passed since the new Tea Party Republicans stormed into power promising to bring what they see as the hallmarks of good governance -- greater accountability, fiscal restraint and an ill-defined but unwavering devotion to the Constitution.

http://www.alternet.org/story/149848/11_of_the_tea_party_gop%27s_most_ri...