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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 »

BIT Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony at T3

Office Project is Second Development for BIT in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis.  Last week more than 100 union leaders and workers, elected officials, and local community advocates joined the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT) and Hines to celebrate the groundbreaking of T3, in Minneapolis, MN. Read more »

Ground broken for union-built, eco-friendly office building

Labor, business and government representatives broke ground Monday for a multi-tenant office building constructed with union labor and offering “an eco-friendly, welcoming environment.”

The T3 Office at 333 Washington Ave. N., will continue the revitalization of the Minneapolis North Loop that has been partially financed by union pension funds. Located north of Target Field, the building will be adjacent to the Dock Street Flats, union-built apartments. Read more »

Melander steps down as St. Paul Building Trades’ top officer

(Michael Moore, Union Advocate) Harry Melander has stepped down after 10 years as the executive secretary of the St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council, which swore Don Mullin into office as Melander’s successor in the full-time position at a delegate meeting tonight. Delegates voted unanimously to elect Mullin at a meeting last month. Read more »

Building Trades celebrate busy construction season, look to future

Minnesota’s construction unions, gathered for the annual convention of the State Building & Construction Trades Council celebrated a busy construction season while also looking to the future.

The group’s two-day convention Thursday and Friday included numerous speeches by public officials and discussion of current and future construction. At the moment, the unions are experiencing near full employment on projects across the state. Read more »

Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect

This 2015 edition of  Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect  marks the 24th year the AFL-CIO has produced a report on the state of safety and health protections for America’s workers. Read more »

WORK KILLS 150 PEOPLE A DAY IN THE UNITED STATES

(Equal Nation) A hundred and fifty workers die each day in the United States as a result of injuries at work or occupational diseases. 

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the largest trade union federation in the US, makes this observation in the latest edition of  Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, based on the statistics of the US Secretary of Labor. Read more »

Bill McCarthy elected president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO

The Minnesota AFL-CIO General Board has elected Bill McCarthy to serve as the state labor federation's next president. McCarthy, currently Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation president, will be sworn in Oct. 13 to succeed retiring President Shar Knutson. Read more »

Skilled Pipeline Trades Host Technology Expos Across Northern Minnesota

Pipeline Construction, Safety Events Coming to Cloquet, Bemidji, and Park Rapids.  A coalition of trade organizations representing the workers who build Minnesota's pipelines announced today that they will hold a series of public events in northern Minnesota featuring hands-on demonstrations and displays of pipeline technology and construction techniques. Read more »

Bobby Kasper: Moving our hall, bringing along the spirit of 411 Main

(Union Advocate) Join the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation and the Saint Paul Building & Construction Trades Council as they break ground on a new home!  
A house is more than its walls and windows, more than the foundation and support beams that hold it together. Memories make a house a home. The friends and family members who gathered there – and the accomplishments that took place under its roof – are as much a part of any house as its square footage or architecture. Read more »