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With pension and bonding bills, Dayton saves best for last

(by Michael Moore) Common ground between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature was in short supply at the Capitol this year, but lawmakers were able to compromise on two bills that union members lobbied hard for during the recently ended session.

On May 30, Dayton signed a bipartisan bill to stabilize pension funds covering more than 500,000 public-sector workers, the last item of unfinished business from the 2018 session. Read more »

MNBCT Council endorses Dan Feehan for Congress in MN's 1st District

The Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council has voted to proudly endorse Dan Feehan in his campaign to become the next Congressman representing Minnesota's 1st District. Dan is a strong advocate for Minnesota's working families. Said Carly Melin, Executive Director, and Craig Olson, Secretary Treasurer, "We are honored to support your candidacy and help your campaign be successful in the upcoming election. Good luck." Read more »

Minnesota Construction Unions Endorse Tim Walz for Governor and Peggy Flanagan for Lieutenant Governor

The Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council proudly announced today the endorsement of Tim Walz for Governor and Peggy Flanagan for Lieutenant Governor.

“In Congress, Tim has been an effective leader for Minnesota’s working families. Tim fights for a Minnesota where we invest in jobs, and maintain our roads, bridges, and transit across all corners of the state,” stated Craig Olson, Secretary/Treasurer. Read more »

Trades-backed alliance ramps up recruitment as MN’s construction industry booms

(by Michael Moore, St. Paul Union Advocate) A union-backed initiative to recruit more women and people of color into construction careers is hoping a new website will amplify its marketing push and help ease the industry’s stubborn labor shortage. Read more »

Area Building Trades councils honored for community outreach

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(St Paul Union Advocate) Local Building Trades unions have put an emphasis in recent years on reaching out to make more women, veterans and people of color aware of their registered apprenticeship programs and the middle class career opportunities they make possible. Read more »

Workers Memorial Day 2018

[A list of Workers Memorial Day events around the state can be found on the MN AFL-CIO website] On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we will come together to defend hard-won victories by working people from attacks by right-wing Republicans and business groups. We will commit to fighting until all workers have safe jobs and the freedom to form unions to seek a better future. Read more »

Why an Honors Student Wants to Skip College and Go to Trade School

As worries about student debt rise, states and businesses increasingly push faster, cheaper paths to the
workplace; parents are stumped
 
(By Douglas Belkin,WSJ) Raelee Nicholson earns A’s in her honors classes at a public high school south of Pittsburgh and scored in the 88th percentile on her college boards. But instead of going to college, Ms. Nicholson hopes to attend a two year technical program that will qualify her to work as a diesel mechanic. Read more »

Construction jobs get bipartisan support at Capitol rally

(Article reprinted from the Union Advocate) State lawmakers from both parties touted their proposals to put union tradespeople to work during an April 10 rally on the Capitol steps, organized by the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council. Read more »

Construction decelerating, but not declining, experts say

  • Despite the construction industry decelerating, it is not in a decline, according to industry experts who participated in a webinar titled "Is the Construction Expansion Decelerating?" hosted by Dodge Data & Analytics April 3.
  • Total construction starts anticipated for the coming year amount to a 3% gain, which, although lower than last year’s 4% rise and more substantial increases in previous years, is still in positive territory.
  • Bob Murray, Dodge's chief economist, said that the market is functioning at a decent clip and that despite rising interest rates and mate

MnDOT announces 2018 state road construction projects

Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle today announced $1.1 billion in state road and bridge projects that will be worked on across Minnesota this year.

The 253 projects, many of which are already underway, will help keep the state’s roads and bridges in good working condition, improve safety for motorists and support thousands of construction jobs across the state. Read more »