Building a Union Career

What makes the construction industry different from other industries?

Jobs can't be exported. It's hard to imagine a day where the building needed in Kansas will be built in China and shipped overseas. According to the Buireau for Labor Statistics, the construction industry has been identified as the only goods-producing sector in which employment is expected to grow between 2002 and 2012.

Careers

If you find yourself fascinated with the construction of bridges, skyscrapers, schools and roads, construction might be a career choice for you.

There are many career opportunities in the construction industry. These jobs include carpenters, masons, plumbers and electricians. Employees in these jobs are highly skilled in their trades and gain their education through registered apprenticeships, technical school/college programs or AAS degrees at local community colleges.

Hundreds of Mankato and SW Minnesota Students Attend Construction Trades Expo

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Nearly 1,000 Mankato-area high school students will participate Tuesday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 25th  in Construct Tomorrow, an apprentice program that is being sponsored by the Mankato Building Trades to provide a hands-on introduction to careers in the skilled building trades to area high school students. Read more »

Executive Director Wanted

The Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council, an advocacy organization for construction labor unions and their members, seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization. Candidates must have excellent skills and experience in leadership, strategic planning, negotiations, legislation, politics, and government relations, as well as a demonstrated commitment to the labor movement. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with the responsibility of the position. Read more »

All are welcome at Union Jobs Fair

The Northwest Suburbs Community Labor Coalition and Working Partnerships are hosting a Union Jobs Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 27. A variety of union employers and union training and apprenticeship programs will participate in the employer panels and hiring event. Read more »

Pipe Trades apprentices test skills at regional competition in Twin Cities

(Union Advocate) It would be an understatement to say the competition among Pipe Trades apprentices – and apprenticeship programs – held in the Twin Cities June 7-8 was intense.

How intense? After a labor reporter chatting with one of the visiting instructors snapped a photo of some plumbing specs, he was confronted by another out-of-town instructor, who demanded in no uncertain terms that the photo be destroyed.

“Or else we’ll give you a math problem,” the instructor warned. “How do you get home with four flat tires and no spare?” Read more »

BIPARTISAN SENATE DUO INTRODUCES APPRENTICESHIP TAX CREDIT BILL

(Press Associates Union News Service) A bipartisan duo of Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced legislation to let businesses take a $5,000-per-worker tax credit for three years for every newly trained apprentice they hire.  Read more »

2017 LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS, PASSING BONDING, TRANSPORTATION BILLS

(Minneapolis Labor Review) After going into a special session, the 2017 Minnesota legislature adjourned May 26 after taking care of unfinished business from 2016: passing both a bonding bill and a transportation bill.

But the Republican-controlled legislature also inserted objectionable policy provisions in budget bills which DFL Governor Mark Dayton said he accepted only to avoid a budget stalemate and a government shutdown. 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 »

David Roe, giant of Minnesota labor, dies at 92

(by Steve Share, editor, Minneapolis Labor Review) David K. Roe, a fierce advocate for workers and leader during decades of growth and change in the labor movement, died Monday, February 13, at age 92.  Read more »

Building Trades give back this holiday season

While the holidays are a time to count our blessings, the season also serves as a reminder of those less fortunate in our communities. Luckily, there are countless ways people can give back locally, and members across Minnesota’s construction and building trades unions are first in line to give of their time, resources and expertise. Read more »

Sheet metal partners tackle challenges at the NFL’s newest stadium

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you:  Winning a contract to work on U.S. Bank Stadium—located in downtown Minneapolis and home of the NFL’s Vikings—wasn’t just any old job for SMACNA contractors MG McGrath Inc. Sheet Metal and Albers Commercial Kitchen Services. It was one that involved creating one of the largest and most unique structures in North America.   Read more »