Sheet Metal Workers put new lid on St. Paul’s municipal booya shed

(by Michael Moore, St.Paul Union Advocate) St. Paul’s municipal booya kitchen has a new roof, thanks to members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 10 and union contractor Berwald Roofing. Four members of Local 10 installed a new standing seam metal roof on the structure in Highland Park today. The contractor donated supplies; Local 10 picked up the labor costs.  Read more »

Senator Al Franken introduces bill to improve workplace safety

Legislation introduced by Senator Al Franken, DFL-Minn., would update the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act and improve conditions for workers. The bill, titled the “Protecting America’s Workers Act,” comes on the heels of the annual April 28th commemoration of Workers Memorial Day. Read more »

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 »

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