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.

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 »

Roofers: Building Trades, Rowan University Team Up for Scholarships, B.A. Degree in Construction Management

(By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer) North America’s Building Trades Unions and Rowan University have joined up to launch a Bachelor of Arts degree program in construction management, the Roofers reported, with scholarships available for deserving – and conscientious - students. Read more »

This summer job is a crash course in construction careers

(Union Advocate) One by one Friday, graduates of the inaugural MN Trades Academy stepped up to the podium inside IBEW Local 110’s union hall and offered their three favorite construction crafts. Welding was a popular choice – not surprisingly, given the teenage demographic – but there was something for every one of the 20 graduates, who spent nine weeks this summer working as paid interns, touring the apprenticeship centers of 16 local Building Trades unions. Read more »

Forest Service Conducting Public Input Process about not renewing mining leases

Take action. Share this information. Sign the online petition here. The United States Forest Service (USFS) recently announced that it may try to block the renewal of two federal mining leases for Twin Metals Minnesota in northeast Minnesota and prevent all future mining opportunities in the Rainy River Watershed from moving forward. Read more »

LABORERS’ O’SULLIVAN, ALLIES LOBBY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE DOLLARS

(By Mark Gruenberg, Press Associates International) Laborers President Terry O’Sullivan and allies ranging from former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hit Capitol Hill on May 17, lobbying for more – and more permanent – infrastructure dollars.  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 »

Memorial to Capitol builders advances in Legislature

Legislation to install a plaque honoring the workers who built the state Capitol advanced Wednesday in a Senate committee, thanks to the effort of students from the Owatonna school district.

Six students testified before the Senate State Departments and Budget Division, which then laid the measure over for possible inclusion in a budget document. In mid-March, another group of students spoke to a House committee that then approved the legislation. Read more »

Carpenters union’s free workshops a hit with kids

(Reprinted from the Union AdvocateJim Hendricks clapped his hand five times, and the room bustling with more than 30 busy children Saturday morning fell silent. Everyone turned to face Hendricks, a business representative for the Carpenters union, awaiting his instructions. Read more »