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National Building Trades Department Meets in St. Paul

The 68th Building and Construction Trades Department met in St. Paul from August 17th thru August 20th. There are a number of speeches to choose to view, including those of BCTD President Mark Ayers, President of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka and the BCTD Leadership Team. The Minnesota Building Trades and St. Paul Building Trades Councils were very instrumental in helping the Convention become the success it was.

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US Labor Department study underscores positive impact of unemployment insurance

WASHINGTON — On November 11, 2010 The U.S. Department of Labor announced the findings of a multi-year study of the impact of the Unemployment Insurance program in stabilizing the economy during a deep recession. The study was commissioned by the department and undertaken by IMPAQ International LLC and the Urban Institute. Read more »

Report Shows Recovery Act Worked, Calls for State Action on Jobs

Minnesota families need family-sustaining jobs. They don’t need them in a year or a decade; they need jobs now. Read more »

Thoughtless Think Tanks: Factoids v. Facts

Factoid Scholarship and Sound Bite Thinking About the History and Intent of Prevailing Wage Laws

Professor Peter Phillips from the University of Utah wrote a fascinating article about a decade ago. He describes the difference between "factoids" and "facts". This insightful article draws some light onto how news can be presented and absorbed for public consumption. Read more »

Sisters in the Building Trades

The mission of the Sisters in the Building Trades is to expand a network of active women that will affirm building trades sisters as a positive and growing part of the construction workforce. To increase the number of trades women through cooperative recruitment efforts and mentoring support for enhanced retention. Hold regular meetings allowing women to network and share their experiences; match mentors to new trades’ women; enter into partnership with disadvantaged women to provide encouragement and hope; and reinforce appropriate workplace conduct. Read more »

Death of the Liberal Class

On October 29th, Truthdig posted an excerpt of a new book, "Death of the Liberal Class" written by Chris Hedges. The book is an indictment of all institutions which have stood for progressive causes over the decades. Hedges maintains that in a traditional democracy, the liberal class functions as a safety valve. It makes piecemeal and incremental reform possible. Read more »

Fast-Acting IUPAT Member Rescues Five from IRS Plane Crash Attack

With all the somber news in recent days about the friends of labor leaving office, a positive story is in order.This story is almost nine months, but certainly worth remembering. Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) member Robin De Haven was hailed as hero for his role in rescuing five people from the blazing Austin, Texas, building where a man with a vendetta against the Internal Revenue Service crashed his fuel-laden plane. De Haven was on his way to work when he saw the single-engine plane, which witnesses say was at full throttle, heading toward the building. Read more »

Ten Principles For Securing A Sustainable Construction Workforce

Part of the mission at Construction Citizen is to push for a sustainable construction workforce.  The organization developed the following set of 10 principles to demonstrate the overall qualities that they are striving for. Read more »

Federal Recovery Act: A Success Story

Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Kevin Diaz, wrote a very insightful article about the federal Recovery Act and what it has meant to workers, businesses and residents in the first Congressional District. For some time now Republican leaders and commentators  have maintained that the stimulus funds appropriated by the Obama administration has not translated to jobs creation. Diaz interviews workers, company owners and union officials. He reveals what the economic stimulus funds have meant in the Greater Rochester area. Read more »

2010 Big Green Conference is at Mall of America on November 11

The Big Green Conference is a unique gathering of public, private and non-profit partners coming together to address key environmental issues. This conference has quickly established itself as the place where ‘business and government meet’. Our inaugural year in 2009 featured great speakers, break out sessions and networking. Many political, civic, corporate and non-profit leaders came together to explore the many issues surrounding sustainability in business. Read more »