Fund created for family of St. Cloud State student

A fund has been created to aid the family of Jesse Dady, whose body was found in the Mississippi River last Friday. He was the son of Mary Dady, a member of OPEIU Local 12 and an employee of Painters District Council 82 for more than seven years.

Jesse was a student at St. Cloud University and was on the A honor roll studying biochemistry. The 21-year-old was last seen early March 25 in surveillance video. He was walking onto a railroad bridge over the river and police told local media they believe he may have fallen into the water about a third of the way across. Read more »

Volunteer plumbers help homeowners save water, money

Volunteer plumbers fanned out across the Twin Cities, Mankato and Rochester Saturday for the annual “Water’s Off” program sponsored by trade unions and union contractor associations. They provided repairs to the homes of more than 100 low-income seniors and homeowners with disabilities. Read more »

Health and Benefit Fair at US Bank Stadium on April 8

Bring the family on April 8, 8 am - 2 pm. This free event helps attendees learn about and embrace lifestyle choices that will help them live healthier and more satisfying lives.  Most Labor Health & Welfare funds have a special area set aside, where you can meet friends and representatives from your local union.

The Health & Benefit Fair is a collaborative effort of the Labor/Management Health Care Coalition of the Upper Midwest and its member funds. Read more »

Unions gaining public favor, losing ground in workplace- Why?

(Article reprinted from the Union AdvocateUnion members are becoming increasingly scarce in the U.S. labor force. It’s a trend that continued in 2016, when union density fell from 11.1 to 10.7 percent of the total workforce, according to federal report issued in January. Unions’ demise has assumed an aura of inevitability. So when the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on unions, media outlets mostly yawned. Read more »

2nd Annual Union Job & Resource Fair planned for April 4

Save the Date: The 2nd Annual Union Job and Resource Fair will be held at the East Side Freedom Library on April 4, 2017, 3-6PM. It's a way to discover your path to a union career. Learn how to earn while you learn and rise above the minimum wage. There will be information about the advantages of a union job, record expungement, and community resources.  Read more »

Funeral services set for David K. Roe

Services have been set for longtime labor leader David K. Roe, who died Monday at age 92.

Visitation is Sunday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel, 5000 W. 50th St., Edina. A funeral will be held Monday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. at Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 5645 Chicago Av., with visitation at 10 a.m. Read more »

David Roe, giant of Minnesota labor, dies at 92

(by Steve Share, editor, Minneapolis Labor Review) David K. Roe, a fierce advocate for workers and leader during decades of growth and change in the labor movement, died Monday, February 13, at age 92.  Read more »

Minnesota Laborer is finalist for national social justice award

Edwina Patterson, a member of Laborers Local 653 in Minneapolis, is in Washington, D.C., this week to be honored for her work advocating for more people of color in the Building Trades. She is one of 10 finalists for the Edna Social Justice Award given by the Berger-Marks Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to supporting the leadership of young women in the labor movement. Read more »

Lowering Workers Wages is NOT the Answer

A January 29 post by Jill Manzo at the Midwest Economic Policy Institute says lowering the wages of construction workers is NOT the way to prosperity. There has been a national push to repeal or weaken state prevailing wage laws. Read more »

Building Trades Union Members and Leaders Meet with President Trump

The following statement was released today by North America’s Building Trades Unions at the conclusion of a “listening session” meeting held with President Donald J. Read more »