Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect

This 2015 edition of  Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect  marks the 24th year the AFL-CIO has produced a report on the state of safety and health protections for America’s workers. Read more »


(Equal Nation) A hundred and fifty workers die each day in the United States as a result of injuries at work or occupational diseases. 

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the largest trade union federation in the US, makes this observation in the latest edition of  Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, based on the statistics of the US Secretary of Labor. Read more »

Bill McCarthy elected president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO

The Minnesota AFL-CIO General Board has elected Bill McCarthy to serve as the state labor federation's next president. McCarthy, currently Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation president, will be sworn in Oct. 13 to succeed retiring President Shar Knutson. Read more »

Skilled Pipeline Trades Host Technology Expos Across Northern Minnesota

Pipeline Construction, Safety Events Coming to Cloquet, Bemidji, and Park Rapids.  A coalition of trade organizations representing the workers who build Minnesota's pipelines announced today that they will hold a series of public events in northern Minnesota featuring hands-on demonstrations and displays of pipeline technology and construction techniques. Read more »

Bobby Kasper: Moving our hall, bringing along the spirit of 411 Main

(Union Advocate) Join the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation and the Saint Paul Building & Construction Trades Council as they break ground on a new home!  
A house is more than its walls and windows, more than the foundation and support beams that hold it together. Memories make a house a home. The friends and family members who gathered there – and the accomplishments that took place under its roof – are as much a part of any house as its square footage or architecture. Read more »

Tim Mackey: Laborers fought physical machine testing – and won

(Union Advocate) On June 30, Laborers Local 563 won its federal court case to enforce an arbitration award that stopped an employer from using a physical machine test to screen members. The union believes that this type of test has nothing to do with the ability to do the work and may unfairly exclude people who have disabilities or past work injuries, women and older employees. Read more »

In Minnesota, apprenticeship model expanding to other industries

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(Michael Moore, Union Advocate) Apprenticeship has long been the backbone of the Building Trades unions. Their on-the-job training programs put workers on a path to family-sustaining careers while ensuring union contractors have access to the highly skilled labor pool they need to remain competitive.

It’s a win-win model. Read more »

With boost from WESA, training program puts women on path to apprenticeship

(by Michael Moore, Union Advocate) Analise Adams, a 22-year-old from Minneapolis, was working in a Linden Hills childcare center two months ago. When her aunt, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, told her about a free training opportunity for women considering careers in construction, Adams decided to take a chance.

She quit her childcare job and enrolled in the two-week course. Read more »

Pipefitters showcase their craft in Veterans Home renovation

(by Steve Share, Mpls Labor Review) The Minneapolis Veterans Home is in the middle of a three-phase $117 million renovation to build new facilities at its campus on the Mississippi River bluffs near Minnehaha Falls Regional Park. For members of Pipefitters Local 539, the current work on “Building 21” is providing journeymen and apprentices the opportunity to work on hot water systems, chill water systems, steam systems, gas piping, a cooling tower and more. Read more »

NLRB Judge Orders Terex to Reinstate 13 Employees, Bargain with Union

A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge virtually threw the book at a Grand Rapids, Minn., construction equipment firm for widespread labor law-breaking during a 2014 Boilermakers organizing drive.

Indeed, Terex’s violations were so bad that on June 11, Administrative Law Judge David Goldman ordered instant recognition and bargaining by the firm with the union, saying the union now represents the company’s undercarriage makers as well as its painters.  Read more »