Ground broken for union-built, eco-friendly office building

Labor, business and government representatives broke ground Monday for a multi-tenant office building constructed with union labor and offering “an eco-friendly, welcoming environment.”

The T3 Office at 333 Washington Ave. N., will continue the revitalization of the Minneapolis North Loop that has been partially financed by union pension funds. Located north of Target Field, the building will be adjacent to the Dock Street Flats, union-built apartments. Read more »

Melander steps down as St. Paul Building Trades’ top officer

(Michael Moore, Union Advocate) Harry Melander has stepped down after 10 years as the executive secretary of the St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council, which swore Don Mullin into office as Melander’s successor in the full-time position at a delegate meeting tonight. Delegates voted unanimously to elect Mullin at a meeting last month. Read more »

Building Trades celebrate busy construction season, look to future

Minnesota’s construction unions, gathered for the annual convention of the State Building & Construction Trades Council celebrated a busy construction season while also looking to the future.

The group’s two-day convention Thursday and Friday included numerous speeches by public officials and discussion of current and future construction. At the moment, the unions are experiencing near full employment on projects across the state. Read more »

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 »