Construct Tomorrow program at the Fairview Area Learning Center in Roseville

On Tuesday, March 4th, the Construct Tomorrow program provided hands-on trades experiences for over 200 students at the Fairview Area Learning Center in Roseville.  Students had an opportunity to wire circuits, trowel cement, cut and patch carpet.  The iron workers taught students how to walk an I-beam and practice tying re-bar.  Other stations included caulking demonstrations and learning how to build a stone archway.  At the end of the event, those students that express an interest in the trades are encouraged to fill out a survey to learn more information about constr Read more »

Former USGS head endorses Keystone pipeline

A former head of the U.S. Geological Survey endorsed the idea of building the Keystone XL pipeline Thursday in an editorial contending that the pipeline would be less damaging to the environment than the “viable alternatives” of transporting oil by rail and truck . Read more »

Video: Myth and reality about the minimum wage and its effect on the workforce

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Opponents often say a higher minimum wage is only important to the small segment of the workforce that earns the lowest wages. In reality, the minimum wage is fundamental to maintaining our quality of life, much like overtime, safety, prevailing wage and other workplace standards.

When the minimum wage is too low, all wages are at risk.  Read more »

IBEW’s Holiday Lights raised record amount for local charities in 2013

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and King of Kings Lutheran Church of Woodbury on February 19 announced record fundraising totals from the organizations' Holiday Lights in the Park display in 2013.

Proceeds from the nightly holiday-light display in St. Paul's Phalen Park, as well as a related holiday concert and CD sales, totaled $86,000 last year, the highest amount in the event's six-year run. Read more »

IBEW Father and Daughter’s Long Journey to Sochi Short Track

Update: Emily Scott finished second in her 1,000-meter heat Tuesday morning in Sochi and qualified to advance to Fridays quarterfinals. On Saturday, Scott made it to the finals in the 1,500 meters, when another skater crashed and wiped out Scott who was able to get back in the race, but finished in fifth place. She failed to qualify for the 500 meters last week. Read more »

No Debate: State Department Environmental Analysis Confirms Safety of Keystone XL Pipeline

The following statement was released today by Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions, upon the release today by the U.S. Department of State of the Keystone XL pipeline Environmental Impact Statement (EIS):

"Any discussion of the Keystone XL pipeline project should center on the fact that it will be constructed by the safest, most highly skilled workforce in the world; in accordance with the strictest environmental and safety standards; and subject to a Project Labor Agreement that will ensure family-sustaining wage and benefit standards.   Read more »


Building trades unions, which strongly pushed the Obama administration to approve construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from the Canada-Montana border to the Texas Gulf Coast, hailed the State Department’s report finding the pipe and its oil would have no significant environmental impact. Read more »

Commentary- PolyMet proposal: The case in favor

The following commentary by Harry Melander and David Olson appeared in the January 24, 2014 edition of the Minneapolis StarTribune.

During his brief public comment during a hearing on Jan. 16 in Duluth, state Sen. David Tomassoni summed up Minnesotans’ frustration with opponents of copper-nickel mining: When is enough, enough? Read more »

New study concludes that construction contractor CEO income falls dramatically in states that adopt "Right-to-Work" laws

For those of you living in states that are contemplating the enactment of a "Right-to-Work" law, you should download a new study that has some surprising conclusions. Read more »

Minneapolis construction trends match U-area development

Minneapolis building permits totaled $1.2 billion last year, mostly for residential housing, breaking a city record and reflecting a larger migration trend — one that University of Minnesota neighborhoods mirror.

The city approved nearly $526.8 million in building permits for the University area in 2013, about eight times more than a decade ago. City officials expect the uptick in permit value to keep increasing.

Some say urban population growth can be good news, but an area's character and the city's comprehensive plan can be at risk if development is misguided. Read more »