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"Everyone Deserves A Seat" forum at Carpenters Hall on January 14th, 5:30-8:00PM

A Transportation, Jobs, and Equity forum featuring national speakers and local panelists. Join us for a night of inspirational, informational leaders in the field of transit and share our vision, feel our passion, wear our armor for the coming fight for transit dollars. Here is the flyer about the event: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_z-xdIsVGxARU92ODRvMmx6UHc/edit?usp=sharing

Tips To Protect Workers In Cold Environments

OSHA's Cold Stress Card provides a reference guide and recommendations to combat and prevent many illnesses and injuries. Available in English and Spanish, this laminated fold-up card is free to employers, workers and the public.  Read more »

An important opportunity to weigh in on the environmental review of the PolyMet Mining Inc. project

A comprehensive environmental analysis of Minnesota’s first proposed copper-nickel mine has been released for public review and input. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Forest Service are seeking public comment on the NorthMet Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS). Read more »

Polymet- "Investing in our region and state"

Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council President Harry Melander expressed support for the Polymet Mining Project in a recent meeting of Building Trades' leaders from around the state. Tens of millions annually in federal, state and local tax revenue. More than $2 million annually for northeastern Minnesota schools. Hundreds of family- and community-sustaining jobs.

PolyMet Mining’s NorthMet project is expected to produce abundant community and economic benefits throughout construction and after operations begin. Read more »

Operating Engineers to Re-Affiliate with North America's Building Trades Unions

General President Callahan:  “I am pleased to announce that the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) will once again be affiliated with North America’s Building Trades Unions.  Raising our collective voice and acting with common purpose through this affiliation will benefit not only IUOE members, but all union construction tradesmen and women throughout the U.S. Read more »

Which Is Better: Safe New Bridges and Smooth Highways or the Good Jobs to Make Them?

The federal budget deficit has been falling, and so the last excuses not to invest in America’s public infrastructure are vanishing. 

A new report from the Center for Effective Government argues that Congress should pour public dollars into critical infrastructure to reinvigorate the economy and create jobs.  Read more »

Building for more jobs

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With the Metrodome being replaced many wonder how a new stadium will help the economy. We spoke with people in construction and planning of the new stadium to see what type of jobs there would be not only during the building of the stadium but also jobs that would be available once the new stadium is complete.  (From MN2020)

 

The Elephant That’s Blocking The Road To Economic Growth

Looking for an oasis of bipartisan comity? A top-shelf group of public officials, corporate leaders and lobbyists will be attending a “transportation infrastructure summit” today. Though coming from different parties and representing different interests, they will echo each other on one basic truism: America must invest more in its infrastructure if it expects to grow its economy, lower unemployment and regain its competitive footing globally. Read more »

Military Families to be Honored at 2013 IBEW Holiday Lights in the Park

Military families are invited to visit IBEW Holiday Lights in the Park free of charge on Tuesday, December 3, as organizers honor those who have served our country. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and King of Kings Lutheran Church of Woodbury are proud to be communications partners with the Minnesota Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the Minnesota American Legion to  get the word out that admission is free to all military and veteran families. Read more »

Union Workers & Contractors Celebrate the Completion & Grand Opening of New Hastings Bridge

Local residents won't be the only ones gladly celebrating the grand opening of the new Hastings Bridge, which enables Highway 61 to cross the Mississippi River. After two years of rigorous construction efforts, representatives of the Minnesota Laborers Union, other Union trades and signatory contractors are ready to celebrate their accomplishments and thank residents for their interest, patience and trust in letting them be an integral part of this historic project. Read more »