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Community Ed offers courses in construction careers, labor history

Want to learn more about local labor history? Looking to explore career opportunities in the construction trades? These two labor-related courses are among the St. Paul Public Schools’ lineup of Community Ed offerings this winter. Read more »

Fatal on-the-job injuries rose by 7 percent in 2016; construction again accounts for a large share

More than 5,000 U.S. workers – 14 every day -- were fatally injured on the job in 2016, a 7 percent increase from 2015. (The numbers are from a Bureau of Labor Statistics report using the most recent figures available.)

The 5,190 deaths in 2016 were up from 4,836 the year before and the injury rate also rose to 3.6 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers, up from 3.4/100,000 in 2015, BLS added. Read more »

Exhibit on tradeswomen and original builders opens at Capitol

One section focuses on the role of women in constructing the Capitol. The other shows tools and objects made and used by the original tradespeople who built the statehouse.  The display grew out of the Labor Education Service's “Who Built Our Capitol?” project that uncovered more than 620 of the original builders from1896-1905.
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Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is a good choice for the Senate says Trades' Craig Olson

Today Governor Mark Dayton announced Tina Smith as his choice to finish Sen. Al Franken's term.  Secretary-Treasurer Craig Olson of the MN State Building and Construction Trades Council expressed his support for the decision saying, "Minnesotans will be well served when Lt. Governor Tina Smith moves into her new role as our U.S. Senator. Tina has been a champion for the Building Trades Community here in our State, and will continue as that message is delivered to a larger national audience. Thumbs up to Governor Dayton; a great pick.”

 

Hundreds of Mankato and SW Minnesota Students Attend Construction Trades Expo

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Nearly 1,000 Mankato-area high school students will participate Tuesday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 25th  in Construct Tomorrow, an apprentice program that is being sponsored by the Mankato Building Trades to provide a hands-on introduction to careers in the skilled building trades to area high school students. Read more »

Volunteer Pipefitters keep heat on for homeowners in need

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(St.Paul Union Advocate) (video below) Over 100 low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners in Minnesota received free furnace repairs and inspections Saturday, thanks to union pipefitters and their contractors. Project Heat’s On, in its 31st year, drew volunteers from local unions in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Rochester and St. Cloud. In the Twin Cities, 90 members of St. Read more »

Unions respond to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma with help, funds

From dispatchers and utility line workers to health care professionals and FEMA employees, union members are stepping in to help during and after the devastating hurricanes in the southern United States. Numerous labor organizations also are conducting fundraising to aid affected communities. Read more »

General President Sellers updates SMART members on relief efforts

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General President Sellers updates SMART members on relief efforts on behalf of all SMART members affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.  This includes: Read more »

All are welcome at Union Jobs Fair

The Northwest Suburbs Community Labor Coalition and Working Partnerships are hosting a Union Jobs Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 27. A variety of union employers and union training and apprenticeship programs will participate in the employer panels and hiring event. Read more »

Hundreds attend ceremony honoring Capitol construction workers

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(Article by Randy Croce, video by John See, Workday Minnesota)  A simple question, “Who were the workers who built the Minnesota State Capitol?” was the catalyst for efforts leading to the dedication of a commemorative plaque during Sunday’s grand opening of the newly restored building.  More than 300 people attended ceremonies to recognize the original builders of the statehouse and those i Read more »