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 »

Chemical plants bring dangers, but also jobs for workers and the community

(Geismar, LA) -- On a Thursday morning in June, Antionette West was lying on a couch in her trailer here, not far from a row of chemical plants near the Mississippi River, when the house began to shake.
She initially thought there had been an explosion at a vinyl chloride plant about a mile away, where an explosion occurred last year.

This time, she saw black smoke coming from another direction. Read more »

Volunteer pipefitters service furnaces across state

Volunteer members of St. Paul Pipefitters Local 455 and Minneapolis Pipefitters Local 539 serviced furnaces for the needy during the 28th Annual HEAT'S ON Program. The day of service safeguards low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners – and reduces their fuel costs. Read more »

A Sheet Metal Career: Priceless

On Columbus Day, dozens of the 160 Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation workers (SMART) training centers opened up their state-of-the-art facilities to the public and introduced politicians, community leaders, architects and prospective students to the apprenticeship programs that teach and shape tomorrow's sheet metal workers. Read more »

Our Heroes Deserve Proper Welcomes

‘Construct Tomorrow’ showcases construction careers

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When Joe Flores graduated from Humboldt High School in 2009, he wasn’t interested in going to college. Given the opportunity to enroll as an apprentice with Bricklayers & Allied Craft Workers Local 1, he went for it.

On Wednesday he returned to Humboldt as a journey-level bricklayer – with a message for the school’s seniors about the value of construction careers.

“If you are not planning on going to college, it’s a good option . . .” Flores said. “I like the hands-on type of work. I actually want to open my own company someday. That’s what I’m working at.” Read more »

Sheet metal industry eager to recruit women (StarTribune)

The hours are reasonable. The work is interesting and, at times, artful. The starting wage is about $21 an hour plus benefits.

So on Monday, Buck Paulsrud threw an open house sweetened with Halloween-orange sugar cookies, hoping to entice a hard-to-convince demographic to consider his trade.

"Women don't think this is for them," said Paulsrud, training coordinator at the Sheet Metal Workers' Local 10 Training Center in White Bear Lake.

"They are so underrepresented. We are doing everything in our power to change that." Read more »

IBEW, Manufacturer Partnership Brings Jobs Back from China

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An assembly plant in Houston, Texas will soon be buzzing with IBEW workers. Neutex Advanced Energy Corporation, in partnership with Houston Local 716, is relocating its core manufacturing from China to the U.S. Organizer Paul Puente helped seal the deal by paying careful attention to the employers' wants and needs. The IBEW will provide trained workers and help the company market its advanced energy products. In exchange all current and newly hired workers will become members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

'We Want to Work': 12 Federal Jobs That Are Vital to the Lives of America's Families

Johnny Zuagar just wants to go back to work. It's been 72 hours since he's been locked out of his job at the U.S. Census Bureau in Suitland, Md., and he's scared.

"I don't know what bills to pay," says Zuagar, who has two young children. "I'm afraid I might lose my house. I don't know how it got to this." Read more »