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A Message About Safety From Senator Franken

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

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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.

A Travesty in Wisconsin: message from BCTD President Mark H. Ayers

Under the cover of darkness, and at the urging of Governor Scott Walker, Republicans in the Wisconsin State Senate on March 9th exercised the nuclear option to ram through a bill attacking Wisconsin’s working families. Read more »

Unions Make the Middle Class

If you care about the middle class, you need to care about unions. Unions make the middle class strong by ensuring workers have a strong voice in both the market and in our democracy. When unions are strong they are able to ensure that workers are paid fair wages, receive the training they need to advance to the middle class, and are considered in corporate decision-making processes.

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Scholar exposes rot in Walker’s approach to worker rights

Milwaukee Labor Press: It is not surprising that Scott Walker stands in ideological opposition to President Obama. But to the pope? The conservative Milwaukee archbishop? International courts, the UN and the Protestant leaders of his upbringing? Call it stubbornness, density or basic ignorance of history, but that sure takes a lot of something stupid. Read more »

Star Tribune, 3/21/2011: Dayton: Let's get building

From an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, By RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER; Photo by David Brewster, Star Tribune. The governor renewed his call for a bonding bill and also reiterated his backing for a new Vikings stadium. To construction workers and their bosses, Gov. Mark Dayton pitched his vision Tuesday for digging the state out of the construction doldrums: a new Vikings stadium and spending on state buildings. "We need a people's stadium," Dayton said to union members in work vests who visited the Capitol. Read more »

Heavy equipment operators advocate for jobs

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 union members had their Capitol Day Tuesday, which included a rally where Governor Mark Dayton and other elected officials spoke.  More than 300 members gathered in the rotunda and second floor for the rally, then broke off to meet with their legislators from throughout the state. 

I approached someone along the edges of the crowd following the rally and asked, "Why are you here today?" His response, "I want to work." It is that simple.

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