Fifty Labor Days by Edward M. Smith, former VP of the Laborers’ International Union of North America

COMMENTARY: Fifty years ago I joined Laborers’ Local 773 in Cairo, Illinois. My first dispatch out of the union hall put me in a pick-up truck headed to a job building a bridge that links Missouri with Illinois. Bob Tapley was an Operating Engineer working on the job, and he charged me two dollars a day for the ride back and forth to work. Read more »

Setting the Record Straight on the Davis-Bacon Act

(From the NABTU Leadership blog.) Once upon a time, conservative columnists like George Will could have been counted upon to offer thoughtful, reasoned and, most importantly, well-researched analysis on public policy issues.

Sadly, that academic approach to public policy debate has seemingly been forsaken, and Mr. Will’s recent column lambasting the federal Davis-Bacon Act as an inherently racist law is a case in point. Read more »

72nd Annual Minnesota State Building Trades Convention Highlights the 'Helmets to Hardhats' Program

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Executive Director Carly Melin kicked off the 72nd annual Minnesota State Building Trades Convention in Downtown Duluth. Read more »

New Report: Minnesota’s Construction Industry Pulls Ahead of Wisconsin’s

A new report by North Star Policy Institute finds that Minnesota’s construction industry has pulled ahead of Wisconsin’s since the Great Recession, fueled by a strong recovery that has boosted both employment and average worker pay. Minnesota surpassed Wisconsin in total construction employment, while construction industry wage growth in Minnesota has far outpaced that of Wisconsin since 2010. Read more »

Construction unions recruit veterans to trade helmets for hardhats

(by Michael Moore, Union Advocate) Minnesota’s construction unions kicked off their annual convention on July 26 by highlighting the career opportunities their apprenticeship programs create for military veterans like Jared Anderson. Read more »

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