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2010 Trades Night at Target Field

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2010 was the inaugural season of the new home of the Minnesota Twins, Target Stadium in Minneapolis. On June 16th, 2010, in recognition of their contributions to the construction of one of the best ballparks in America, representatives of the Minnesota Building Trades were invited to throw out the first pitch before the Twins-Rockies ballgame.

We Are One: March for the Middle Class on April 4

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: The right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life. Today, that same demand is electrifying people across America. It’s the demand of all people—black, white, Latino and Asian American: The right to join together for our common dreams.

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Announced Acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T

March 21, 2011 - Yesterday's announcement of the acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T has important, positive implications for consumers in the U.S. and Germany, for the U.S. telecom workforce and for our country's economic future. The acquisition ensures AT&T a strong telecom workforce well-positioned to compete globally, while offering tens of thousands of T-Mobile USA employees the opportunity to make their jobs good jobs by benefitting from the pro-worker policies of AT&T, one of the only unionized U.S. wireless companies. Read more »

Anti-PLA Witness Cites I-35 Bridge Re-Build in MN...

...BUT FORGOT THAT IT WAS BUILT WITH A PLA!  A congressional subcommittee convened a hearing today to lambast the Obama Administration's Executive Order that encourages the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on federal construction in excess of $25 million. One of the anti-PLA witnesses was Linda Figg, CEO of Figg Engineering. Her testimony offered some surprising revelations. Read more »

IBEW DC Workers Let Wisc. GOP Know: 'We Are One'

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Republican members of the Wisc. legislature were in DC last week to schmooze with K Street lobbyists at the BGR group and collect some big corporate checks. But supporters of workers' right showed up to let them know what DC workers think about their attacks on the middle-class.

Michael Moore: "America Is NOT Broke"

Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you'll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. It's just that it's not in your hands.

http://www.truth-out.org/michael-moore-america-is-not-broke68265

Why Fox Is Banned in Canada

There is no Fox in Canada.  Canada does not have anything like Fox, spreading disinformation, Republican propaganda, and outright lies to confuse the electorate into voting against their self interest.  Canada has the good sense to ban outlets like Fox.

http://www.politicsplus.org/blog/

STATE BUILDING TRADE COUNCIL SPONSORING OSHA 500 CLASS

Participants who complete the training will receive:

  • OSHA 500 Completion Certificate from the National Resource Center.
  • Authorization to teach the 10 hour and 30 hour Construction Safety Classes often referred to as the OSHA 10 and 30 hour courses.
  • Authorization to teach the OSHA 7600 Disaster Site Worker Course

John Wooden on Leadership

Legendary basketball coach John Wooden wrote and taught on the subject of leadership all his adult life. While Mr. Wooden is remembered most often for his NCAA basketball championships, he taught all those around him about the significance of leadership. He would use an image he created and called The Pyramid of Success. As you study these fifteen building blocks, try to visualize how you can apply them to your leadership skills.

May 1933: Hitler Abolishes Unions

On May 2nd, 1933, the day after Labor day, Nazi groups occupied union halls and labor leaders were arrested.  Trade Unions were outlawed by Adolf Hitler, while collective bargaining and the right to strike was abolished. This was the beginning of a consolidation of power by the fascist. 

http://newsjunkiepost.com/2011/02/20/may-1933-hitler-abolishes-unions/