Blue Green Alliance launches BuildingClean.org website

The Blue Green Alliance's Building Clean website is intended to be a portal to buy local and healthy energy-efficient products. 

Housing consumes more than 20 percent of U.S. energy. Building Clean is designed to help architects and designers, consumers, contractors and developers, and manufacturers find American-made, healthy products to help them capture the benefits of energy efficiency retrofits—including lower utility bills, improved tenant health, and increased economic development. Read more »

Pipe Trades apprentices test skills at regional competition in Twin Cities

(Union Advocate) It would be an understatement to say the competition among Pipe Trades apprentices – and apprenticeship programs – held in the Twin Cities June 7-8 was intense.

How intense? After a labor reporter chatting with one of the visiting instructors snapped a photo of some plumbing specs, he was confronted by another out-of-town instructor, who demanded in no uncertain terms that the photo be destroyed.

“Or else we’ll give you a math problem,” the instructor warned. “How do you get home with four flat tires and no spare?” Read more »

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 »

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