Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council selects its first Executive Director

On February 26, 2018, the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council announced Carly Melin as its first Executive Director. Melin will provide leadership and carry out the directions of the State Building Trades Executive Board and its 70,000+ members.

"I am excited about moving the State Building Trades agenda forward.  Relationships, opportunities and practical legislation will continue to be the mission of the Council,” stated Melin. Read more »

New Iron Expo Will Bring Together the Construction Industry in an Event Showcasing Training and New Equipment

April 3, 4 & 5 event at Local 49 Training Center will give an inside look at how the construction trades are prepared for a continued increase in large-scale projects. The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 announced today plans for its’ New Iron Expo on April 3, Read more »

Community Ed offers courses in construction careers, labor history

Want to learn more about local labor history? Looking to explore career opportunities in the construction trades? These two labor-related courses are among the St. Paul Public Schools’ lineup of Community Ed offerings this winter. Read more »

Fatal on-the-job injuries rose by 7 percent in 2016; construction again accounts for a large share

More than 5,000 U.S. workers – 14 every day -- were fatally injured on the job in 2016, a 7 percent increase from 2015. (The numbers are from a Bureau of Labor Statistics report using the most recent figures available.)

The 5,190 deaths in 2016 were up from 4,836 the year before and the injury rate also rose to 3.6 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers, up from 3.4/100,000 in 2015, BLS added. Read more »

Exhibit on tradeswomen and original builders opens at Capitol

One section focuses on the role of women in constructing the Capitol. The other shows tools and objects made and used by the original tradespeople who built the statehouse.  The display grew out of the Labor Education Service's “Who Built Our Capitol?” project that uncovered more than 620 of the original builders from1896-1905.
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