Women Ironworkers Will Get Six Months Of Paid Maternity Leave

The membership of the 130,000-strong Ironworkers union is an overwhelmingly male crowd, but the approximately 2,100 women members just won a benefit that would be prized by working women across the country: Six months of paid maternity leave.
 
The leave, designed to be taken prior to delivery, complements six to eight weeks of post-delivery leave.
 
“The challenges of physical work associated with the ironworking trade create unique health challenges that can jeopardize a pregnancy,” the union said in a statement announcing the benefit, n Read more »

Trades and Union Job Fair April 12

A “Trades and Union Jobs Fair” will be free and open to the public Wednesday, April 12, at the Anoka County WorkForce Center, 1201 89th Ave. NE, Suite 235, Blaine.

An employer panel will present information from 9 -10 a.m., followed by an on-site hiring event from 10 a.m. to noon.

A variety of employers in the trades and other professions will be part of the event. They will share information about what preparation job-seekers will need to enroll in a specific trade or begin a new job. Information also will be available about internship and apprenticeship opportunities. Read more »

Fund created for family of St. Cloud State student

A fund has been created to aid the family of Jesse Dady, whose body was found in the Mississippi River last Friday. He was the son of Mary Dady, a member of OPEIU Local 12 and an employee of Painters District Council 82 for more than seven years.

Jesse was a student at St. Cloud University and was on the A honor roll studying biochemistry. The 21-year-old was last seen early March 25 in surveillance video. He was walking onto a railroad bridge over the river and police told local media they believe he may have fallen into the water about a third of the way across. Read more »

Volunteer plumbers help homeowners save water, money

Volunteer plumbers fanned out across the Twin Cities, Mankato and Rochester Saturday for the annual “Water’s Off” program sponsored by trade unions and union contractor associations. They provided repairs to the homes of more than 100 low-income seniors and homeowners with disabilities. Read more »

Health and Benefit Fair at US Bank Stadium on April 8

Bring the family on April 8, 8 am - 2 pm. This free event helps attendees learn about and embrace lifestyle choices that will help them live healthier and more satisfying lives.  Most Labor Health & Welfare funds have a special area set aside, where you can meet friends and representatives from your local union.

The Health & Benefit Fair is a collaborative effort of the Labor/Management Health Care Coalition of the Upper Midwest and its member funds. Read more »

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