Trades-backed alliance ramps up recruitment as MN’s construction industry booms

(by Michael Moore, St. Paul Union Advocate) A union-backed initiative to recruit more women and people of color into construction careers is hoping a new website will amplify its marketing push and help ease the industry’s stubborn labor shortage. Read more »

Area Building Trades councils honored for community outreach

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(St Paul Union Advocate) Local Building Trades unions have put an emphasis in recent years on reaching out to make more women, veterans and people of color aware of their registered apprenticeship programs and the middle class career opportunities they make possible. Read more »

Workers Memorial Day 2018

[A list of Workers Memorial Day events around the state can be found on the MN AFL-CIO website] On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we will come together to defend hard-won victories by working people from attacks by right-wing Republicans and business groups. We will commit to fighting until all workers have safe jobs and the freedom to form unions to seek a better future. Read more »

Why an Honors Student Wants to Skip College and Go to Trade School

As worries about student debt rise, states and businesses increasingly push faster, cheaper paths to the
workplace; parents are stumped
 
(By Douglas Belkin,WSJ) Raelee Nicholson earns A’s in her honors classes at a public high school south of Pittsburgh and scored in the 88th percentile on her college boards. But instead of going to college, Ms. Nicholson hopes to attend a two year technical program that will qualify her to work as a diesel mechanic. Read more »

Construction jobs get bipartisan support at Capitol rally

(Article reprinted from the Union Advocate) State lawmakers from both parties touted their proposals to put union tradespeople to work during an April 10 rally on the Capitol steps, organized by the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council. Read more »

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