Highway Construction Training Program Opens Opportunities

(by Filiberto Nolasco Gomez) Jamie Fisher is a single mother struggling to make ends meet working in cosmetology and office administration. In order for Jaime to buy her own home and support her daughter in her plans to buying a home in increasingly expensive Rochester, she needed to make a career change. Despite having family that are union roofers, she had never really considered the building trades. “I was brought up in an era where women worked in offices. College wasn’t an option.”

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With pension and bonding bills, Dayton saves best for last

(by Michael Moore) Common ground between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature was in short supply at the Capitol this year, but lawmakers were able to compromise on two bills that union members lobbied hard for during the recently ended session.

On May 30, Dayton signed a bipartisan bill to stabilize pension funds covering more than 500,000 public-sector workers, the last item of unfinished business from the 2018 session. Read more »

MNBCT Council endorses Dan Feehan for Congress in MN's 1st District

The Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council has voted to proudly endorse Dan Feehan in his campaign to become the next Congressman representing Minnesota's 1st District. Dan is a strong advocate for Minnesota's working families. Said Carly Melin, Executive Director, and Craig Olson, Secretary Treasurer, "We are honored to support your candidacy and help your campaign be successful in the upcoming election. Good luck." Read more »

Minnesota Construction Unions Endorse Tim Walz for Governor and Peggy Flanagan for Lieutenant Governor

The Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council proudly announced today the endorsement of Tim Walz for Governor and Peggy Flanagan for Lieutenant Governor.

“In Congress, Tim has been an effective leader for Minnesota’s working families. Tim fights for a Minnesota where we invest in jobs, and maintain our roads, bridges, and transit across all corners of the state,” stated Craig Olson, Secretary/Treasurer. Read more »

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 »

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