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MN Labor Leader Participates in White House Upskill Summit

IUPAT Business Manager Terry Nelson discusses community partnership, training and apprenticeship

On Friday, April 24, 2015, Terry Nelson, business manager of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 82 of Little Canada, Minnesota, joined 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators and tech innovators from across the country at this White House summit that is answering President Obama’s recent call to action to equip workers with the skills they need to advance into better-paying jobs. Read more »

David Roe, Building Trades & MN AFL-CIO President Emeritus, will be on TPT Monday night

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Tune in Monday night, April 27th at 9:30pm, to the Mary Hanson Show on Twin Cities Public Television, TPT Channel 2.2. Mary's guest is Dave Roe, Minnesota AFL-CIO and MN Building Trades President Emeritus. The program is also available on YouTube. The interview is airing Monday night because that is the eve of Workers Memorial Day, dedicated to remembering those who have suffered and died on the job or are afflicted with work-related illnesses, and to the renewal of efforts to ensure safe workplaces for all. Read more »

Killed and injured workers to be remembered April 28

Workers Memorial Day in Minnesota will have a special focus this year on the threats facing mental health workers. In addition to events at construction sites and union halls on April 28, AFSCME will march at six treatment centers. Building Trades unions will hold a ceremony at noon at the Workers Memorial Garden on the grounds of the state Capitol. Read more »

Employment Trends and Projections in Construction

Beginning this year, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) will publish Quarterly Data Reports to illuminate the quickly changing construction industry and better serve construction stakeholders. These data reports, published on CPWR’s website, will cover topics directly related to the safety and health of construction workers. They will be presented in a similar format to the CPWR Data Briefs, but will be published four times per year. Read more »

Fatal Construction Accident Shows Higher Risks Faced by Latino Workers

Raleigh- Monday morning, March 23, 2015, in Raleigh, North Carolina, was a mild and slightly overcast day. The first signs of spring were beginning to emerge after an uncharacteristically chilly winter for the capital of the Southern state. But the recent cold weather had hardly hampered the construction of several high-rise office and condo projects, unprecedented for the generally low-rise city. Read more »

Water’s Off volunteers provide plumbing repairs for low-income homeowners

“This is too good to be true,” Laurene Gruett said as Gerald Keating and Brett Sergot, members of St. Paul Plumbers Local 34, repaired the basement shower and kitchen sink in her North St. Paul home March 21. “What a blessing. Keating and Sergot were among 57 volunteers from Local 34 who participated in the annual Water’s Off day of service. St. Paul plumbers provided free service and repairs to 50 low-income, senior or disabled homeowners. Read more »

Loretto man gets 22 months for lying about employees wages

United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger announced on March 3, 2015 the sentencing of JEFFERY JOHN PLZAK, 52, to 22 months in federal prison for felony false statements in connection with prevailing wage violations. PLZAK pleaded guilty on July 8, 2014, to one count of False Statements and was sentenced on March 3, 2015, before Judge Patrick J. Schiltz in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn. Read more »

Injured Workers Suffer As 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits

(NPR/ProPublica) Dennis Whedbee's crew was rushing to prepare an oil well for pumping on the Sweet Grass Woman lease site, a speck of dusty plains rich with crude in Mandaree, N.D.

It was getting late that September afternoon in 2012. Whedbee, a 50-year-old derrick hand, was helping another worker remove a pipe fitting on top of the well when it suddenly blew. Read more »

Trades sponsor Women Building Minnesota info sessions

Women considering a career in the construction industry can learn what it takes – and why it pays – to become a successful tradeswoman at two Women Building Minnesota information sessions next month. Read more »

Tradespeople make their case for construction careers

(Duluth News Tribune) “We gotta get young blood into our crafts,” said Russ Whitehouse, a retired Duluth ironworker who continues to serve as an apprentice instructor. “We’re starting to get older.” Read more »