(Reprinted from the Union Advocate) Members of the Building Trades paused yesterday in St. Paul to honor members of their unions who died as a result of work-related injuries or illnesses in the previous year.
The annual Workers Memorial Day ceremony was to take place at the Workers Memorial Garden on the Capitol grounds, but organizers moved the event indoors, to the new St. Paul Labor Center, as a result of rain. Read more »
Workers Memorial Day is observed each April 28 because President Richard Nixon signed the OSHA law on that date in 1970. He called it the most significant legislation for working people enacted in American history. The new workplace-safety law was the culmination of decades of work by unions and safety advocates to reduce on-the-job deaths and injuries of American workers. Read more »
Values. Issues. Opportunities. Brothers and Sisters... Ladies and Gentlemen... Distinguished Guests... Welcome to the 2016 Legislative Conference for North America's Building Trades Unions. I am proud to say that, because of the good work of all of you in this room... as well as the vision and dedication of the leaders who join me on this stage here today... we have reason to be more hopeful and excited than ever before about the future economic prospects of the members and families of North America’s Building Trades Unions. Read more »
North America’s Building Trades Unions Kick-Off 2016 Legislative Conference with Focus on Values, Issues and Opportunities
Over 3,000 delegates attended the opening session of the two-day, 2016 Legislative Conference of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU). In a rousing opening keynote address, NABTU President Sean McGarvey noted the continued and steady growth that has occurred since the 2008 economic depression, while emphasizing the fact that continued success and growth will require an adherence to a value-proposition that is predicated upon partnerships with businesses and whole industries; expansion of community outreach efforts involving apprenticeship-readiness programs Read more »