LOCAL WORKERS PROTEST ABUSE OF GUEST WORKER PROGRAM ON WALNUT GROVE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Building Trades representatives will deliver a letter to the Meadowland Co-op board urging the Co-op to hire contractors that employ locals, rather than relying on temporary foreign workers to build major projects like the ongoing expansion of the Co-op’s grain facility in Walnut Grove, MN. (If the wireless network signal is sufficient this event will be broadcast live on the MN & ND Laborers District Council Facebook page. Read more »

St. Paul Building Trades Annual Golf Tournament set for June 14

The tournament will take place at Clifton Hollow, located on Carmichael Road, (Co Road F), about 8 miles south of Hudson, WI. There will be a shotgun start beginning at 10:00 a.m. You are invited to form your own foursome or register as an individual. The fee for this event is $100 per person, payable to the St. Paul Building Trades Golf Tournament. The fee includes green fees, cart, range balls, dinner and two drinks. There will be many prizes given away to participants, plus prizes for the winners. Read more »

Sheet Metal Workers put new lid on St. Paul’s municipal booya shed

(by Michael Moore, St.Paul Union Advocate) St. Paul’s municipal booya kitchen has a new roof, thanks to members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 10 and union contractor Berwald Roofing. Four members of Local 10 installed a new standing seam metal roof on the structure in Highland Park today. The contractor donated supplies; Local 10 picked up the labor costs.  Read more »

Senator Al Franken introduces bill to improve workplace safety

Legislation introduced by Senator Al Franken, DFL-Minn., would update the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act and improve conditions for workers. The bill, titled the “Protecting America’s Workers Act,” comes on the heels of the annual April 28th commemoration of Workers Memorial Day. Read more »

Women Ironworkers Will Get Six Months Of Paid Maternity Leave

The membership of the 130,000-strong Ironworkers union is an overwhelmingly male crowd, but the approximately 2,100 women members just won a benefit that would be prized by working women across the country: Six months of paid maternity leave.
 
The leave, designed to be taken prior to delivery, complements six to eight weeks of post-delivery leave.
 
“The challenges of physical work associated with the ironworking trade create unique health challenges that can jeopardize a pregnancy,” the union said in a statement announcing the benefit, n Read more »

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