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Building Trades remember those killed and injured on the job

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Minnesota’s Building Trades unions gathered Friday at the state Capitol to remember those killed and injured on the job in the past year.

The commemoration was part of annual Workers Memorial Day activities held around the country to mark the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

In a solemn ceremony, union members held white crosses with the names of the dead and a bell was tolled at the site of the Minnesota Workers Memorial on the Capitol grounds. Read more »

Trades remember the fallen, renew call for safety in Workers Memorial Day ceremony

The Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council held its annual Workers Memorial Day observance last Friday, honoring nine union workers who died over the previous year as a result of workplace injuries or illnesses.

The ceremony, held at the Workers Memorial Garden on the State Capitol grounds, included remarks from St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, who renewed the call for safe workplaces and good jobs for all workers. Read more »

Maryland Passes Responsible Contracting Law

Yesterday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) signed a bill that protects taxpayers by prohibiting private contractors who have broken the law from obtaining contracts with the state. Read more »

HOUSING INVESTMENT TRUST PROVIDES $33 MILLION FOR “FIVE 15 ON THE PARK” IN MPLS

The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) today announced $33 million of pension capital funding for construction of Five 15 on the Park, a 259-unit apartment complex in Minneapolis. The $52 million project is expected to generate approximately 260 union construction jobs at a time when construction unemployment remains high. Read more »

Harry Melander receives Wellstone Award

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Congratulations to Harry Melander, President, St. Paul Building & Construction Trades Council, for receiving the Paul D. Wellstone Award for Lifetime Commitment to Organized Labor at the 3rd Annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner.

Workers Memorial Day

Every year in April the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. Read more »

Pipelines are necessary, safe and beneficial

A pipeline to jobs, economic and energy security, by Harry Melander and William Blazar

Beginning in 1973, headlines announcing the results of a meeting of OPEC ministers often sent shockwaves through the American economy. From the founding of the nation until that time, the United States had never been beholden to other nations in determining our economic well-being. Read more »

Trades back measure putting teeth into bidding requirements

Public construction projects in Minnesota are awarded to the “lowest responsible bidder,” according to state law. But how do public agencies distinguish which bidders are responsible?

It’s a question the state’s Building Trades unions want answered during the 2014 legislative session. Read more »

POLITICIANS: BUILDING TRADES SHOW THE WAY IN REBUILDING U.S.

With the federal government mired in partisan warfare, U.S. building trades unions are showing the way in rebuilding the country, while also reaching out – and putting to work – the women and minorities who will be the future of the construction industry, two top politicians say. Read more »

CONSTRUCTION UNION LEADERS WARN OBAMA OF ELECTORAL CONSEQUENCES IF NO KEYSTONE OK

Having had it up to here with the 5-1/2-year struggle for federal approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, construction union leaders are warning the Obama White House of electoral consequences if the delay continues or the pipeline is denied. Read more »