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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Jon Stewart on GE's Tax-Free Status: 'That is a Corporate Tax Rate of -60 Percent'

Jon Stewart is pretty consistently funny -- at the very least he lands one jab a show -- but as this video proves, he's best when he's pissed... and when he's on, he's on.

Michelle Bachmann Running in 2012?

CNN has exclusively learned that Rep. Michele Bachmann will form a presidential exploratory committee. The Minnesota Republican plans to file papers for the committee in early June, with an announcement likely around that same time. It's probably fair to say that most reasonable political observers, regardless of party or ideology, would agree that Michele Bachmann is stark raving mad.

2011 Local 49 Day at the Capital

Every day at the Minnesota State Capitol decisions are made about how to allocate state government dollars. It is critical that 49ers voices are heard in this debate. We need politicians to invest our tax dollars building the infrastructure that betters our state and puts you to work. The Local 49 political team is up there every day fighting for your jobs, but you have a critical role to play. Your elected officials need to hear from you about the terrible jobs climate out there in construction.

They need to understand the struggle that you and your family face everyday. Read more »

Jobs,Jobs,Jobs... Mr. Boehner where are the jobs?

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For all the talk by Republicans during the last election about the jobs they planned to create if elected, there has been little action taken in that direction. Instead there have been a series of bills introduced in both the state and federal legislatures that are designed to push for tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. They say the best way to move forward is more spending cuts. Read more »

2010 Trades Night at Target Field

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2010 was the inaugural season of the new home of the Minnesota Twins, Target Stadium in Minneapolis. On June 16th, 2010, in recognition of their contributions to the construction of one of the best ballparks in America, representatives of the Minnesota Building Trades were invited to throw out the first pitch before the Twins-Rockies ballgame.

We Are One: March for the Middle Class on April 4

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: The right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life. Today, that same demand is electrifying people across America. It’s the demand of all people—black, white, Latino and Asian American: The right to join together for our common dreams.

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Announced Acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T

March 21, 2011 - Yesterday's announcement of the acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T has important, positive implications for consumers in the U.S. and Germany, for the U.S. telecom workforce and for our country's economic future. The acquisition ensures AT&T a strong telecom workforce well-positioned to compete globally, while offering tens of thousands of T-Mobile USA employees the opportunity to make their jobs good jobs by benefitting from the pro-worker policies of AT&T, one of the only unionized U.S. wireless companies. Read more »

Anti-PLA Witness Cites I-35 Bridge Re-Build in MN...

...BUT FORGOT THAT IT WAS BUILT WITH A PLA!  A congressional subcommittee convened a hearing today to lambast the Obama Administration's Executive Order that encourages the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on federal construction in excess of $25 million. One of the anti-PLA witnesses was Linda Figg, CEO of Figg Engineering. Her testimony offered some surprising revelations. Read more »

IBEW DC Workers Let Wisc. GOP Know: 'We Are One'

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Republican members of the Wisc. legislature were in DC last week to schmooze with K Street lobbyists at the BGR group and collect some big corporate checks. But supporters of workers' right showed up to let them know what DC workers think about their attacks on the middle-class.