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Minnesotan named North America’s top tile apprentice

(by Michael Moore, Union Advocate) The trophy on display in Local 1’s New Hope training center may be small, but the accomplishment behind it – Brandon Peterson’s first-place finish in the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers’ International Apprentice Contest – is as grand as they come. Read more »

With new facility, St. Paul Pipefitters double down on commitment to training

(Article by Michael Moore, Union Advocate) A tenant for 111 years, St. Paul Pipefitters Local 455 finally has a home of its own. The union held an open house at its new facility at 1301 L’Orient Street in St. Paul yesterday, celebrating with apprentices, members, retirees, public officials and union leaders. Read more »

New video promotes the popular "Construct Tomorrow" program

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In these days of skyrocketing costs of attending college it would be nice if there was another option available to graduating high school seniors. 

There is. 

It’s called “Construct Tomorrow” and it’s designed to open the door on the career opportunities available in the skilled construction trades. The program began in 2013 at a jobs fair organized by unions from the building trades at Humboldt High School in St. Paul. Since then, the program has expanded rapidly as requests have come in from a growing number schools around the state.  Read more »

Labor endorsed in Ward 2, Tobolt ready to stand up for working families ‘on day one’

(by Michael Moore, Union Advocate) When a non-union electrical contractor was undermining area wages and benefits on a project funded by Ramsey County several years back, IBEW Local 110’s Brian Winkelaar didn’t think twice about what to do. He called Darren Tobolt, County Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt’s longtime assistant. “I called him up and said, ‘Darren, how come they’re on this project?’” Winkelaar remembered. Read more »

LABORERS’ O’SULLIVAN TO DEMS: ANTI-KEYSTONE STANDS ALIENATE WORKERS

Democratic presidential hopefuls’ opposition to building the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline could alienate blue-collar workers whom the party needs to attract to the polls next year, Laborers President Terry O’Sullivan says.

He issued that warning after the Democratic poll leader, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, joined the other Democratic hopefuls – led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vt. – in opposing Keystone. The Canada-Gulf Coast pipeline has split greens from some union allies. Read more »

Building Trades invited, but unwelcome at Bonfe’s job fair

(by Michael Moore, Union Advocate) Bonfe’s might want to consider a new recruiting strategy. For the second year in a row, the non-union mechanical and electrical contractor invited members of area Building Trades unions to attend an open house for prospective employees. And just like last year, Bonfe’s recruiters spent most of the open house trying to keep union members out. Read more »

Public employees support Building Trades to defend good jobs in Duluth

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DULUTH - More than 600 members of AFSCME Council 5, gathered in Duluth for the public employee union's annual convention, led other unions in a boisterous rally outside the Radisson hotel Friday, protesting the new owner’s use of nonunion painters from Texas for renovation work.

Laborers' statement on comments made by candidate for DFL-House 3A Bill Hansen

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Duluth, MN (September 21, 2015) – The Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota released a statement tonight on DFL House 3A candidate Bill Hansen's offensive remarks towards Minnesota construction workers, made in a video posted on Youtube:

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Looking to ‘step up our game,’ Ironworkers open new training center in St. Paul

(by Michael Moore, Union Advocate) Calling it an investment critical to the union’s survival, Ironworkers Local 512 Business Manager Charlie Roberts cut the ribbon on a new $3.1 million apprenticeship training center in St. Paul. A large crowd of journey-level, apprentice and retired Ironworkers attended the ceremony in late August, which marked the completion of Local 512’s 18,000-square-foot facility on Pierce Butler Route, near Dale Avenue. Construction work began in January. Read more »

American Apprenticeship and Beyond

When Americans think of apprenticeship, their thoughts more often turn to reality television than worker training. It’s no wonder: Despite a centuries-long history and federal support dating back to the 1930s, apprenticeship is vastly underutilized in the United States. As a result, many Americans are unfamiliar with apprenticeships and how they operate. Read more »