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Steel mill’s expansion leaves St. Paul Pipefitters out in the cold

by Union Advocate - Members of Pipefitters Local 455 call out Gerdau for contracting with a Georgia firm to provide mechanical workers for an expansion project at its mill in St. Paul.

State and local taxpayers are backing a $50 million expansion project underway at Gerdau’s St. Paul steel mill with a package of incentives, grants and forgivable loans. But members of St. Paul Pipefitters Local 455 say the project has left local workers out in the cold. Read more »

"Who Built Our Capitol?" screening this Wednesday at CSPS Hall in St. Paul

This Wednesday there will be two screenings of a documentary about the workers and contractors who constructed the Minnesota statehouse. "Who Built Our Capitol?"  will be shown at 7 pm, Wednesday, January 15th at the CSPS (Czech-Slovak) Hall, 383 Michigan Street, St. Paul, MN 55102, near St. Clair Ave. on West 7th Street. Read more »

"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 »