BIPARTISAN SENATE DUO INTRODUCES APPRENTICESHIP TAX CREDIT BILL

(Press Associates Union News Service) A bipartisan duo of Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced legislation to let businesses take a $5,000-per-worker tax credit for three years for every newly trained apprentice they hire.  Read more »

2017 LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS, PASSING BONDING, TRANSPORTATION BILLS

(Minneapolis Labor Review) After going into a special session, the 2017 Minnesota legislature adjourned May 26 after taking care of unfinished business from 2016: passing both a bonding bill and a transportation bill.

But the Republican-controlled legislature also inserted objectionable policy provisions in budget bills which DFL Governor Mark Dayton said he accepted only to avoid a budget stalemate and a government shutdown. Read more »

Building Trades host annual Trades Night at Target Field

The Minnesota Twins will face the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, June 20, for the annual “Trades Night at Target Field.” Game time is 7:10 p.m.

Prior to the game, from 4:30-7 p.m., the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council will host a picnic for union members and their families at the Minneapolis Farmers Market. (The Farmers Market is located at 312 East Lyndale Ave. N., with pay parking in a lot across Lyndale). Read more »

New Labor Secretary questioned on enforcement, job training, DOL cuts

Reverting to a theme of the George W. Bush administration, Alexander Acosta, the new U.S. Labor Secretary, is pushing aiding businesses to go along with workplace protection laws through “compliance assistance” first, and enforcement second.

In his first appearance before lawmakers since taking the DOL post on April 28, Acosta repeatedly said he wants DOL to train businesses in how to follow the law, rather than penalizing them for breaking it. That would “enlist” businesses in compliance, he added. Read more »

These grads sport hard hats instead of caps and gowns

(Elevate Minnesota) It’s that time of year, when college and university students pack commencement ceremonies to accept their diplomas. Away from this pomp and circumstance, there is a less-visible world of graduates in our midst – a group filling well-paying, in-demand jobs, without the student loan debt and with the on-the-job-training that reinforces their chosen career path. Read more »

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