Association: More tariffs will hurt construction, other industries

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has come out against White House threats to impose an additional $200 billion of tariffs on goods imported from China. Read more »

Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council Endorses Sen. Smith for U.S. Senate

Today, the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council announced their endorsement of Sen. Tina Smith for the U.S. Senate.

“Tina is a proven champion for unions and working families,” said Carly Melin, Executive Director of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council. “Tina has always been an advocate for workers in Minnesota. As Lt. Governor, she worked to raise the minimum wage, expand access to paid parental leave and fought for equal pay. We need her voice in Washington to keep fighting for all working families.” Read more »

MN Citizens Federation Northeast offers workshop to fight attacks on Social Security and Medicare

We need to fight the attacks on Social Security and Medicare. Protecting these critical programs is one of the biggest challenges facing the Labor Movement, and all Americans. Anti-worker forces are trying to weaken these vitalprograms by relying on false statements to misinform and scare people.  This is their key tactic to get their way and weaken these programs that everyone relies on. They falsely claim that the benefits you have earned are “welfare.”

To fight back, we need the facts, and clear messages.    Read more »

Minnesota receives $1.8 million federal grant to expand apprenticeship opportunities

Minnesota has received a new $1.8 million federal apprenticeship grant that will continue to expand registered apprenticeship throughout Minnesota. The federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's (USDOL) State Apprenticeship Expansion initiative is the second major grant awarded to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). In 2016, DLI’s Apprenticeship Minnesota received a $1.5 million grant from USDOL. Read more »

Here Comes the Sun: Getting a Handle on Heat Stress

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As summer brings waves of rising temperatures and stuffy humidity from coast to coast, many people are starting to plan fun activities that will take them to pools, lakes and beaches, while others will curl up in the frosty confines of air conditioning. However, in construction, this is a busy time of year. It’s not uncommon to see sweating workers toiling in high-heat conditions on steaming asphalt. Heat and humidity are a serious health threat to workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 20 construction workers die from heat-related illnesses each year. Read more »

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