Fatal on-the-job injuries rose by 7 percent in 2016; construction again accounts for a large share

More than 5,000 U.S. workers – 14 every day -- were fatally injured on the job in 2016, a 7 percent increase from 2015. (The numbers are from a Bureau of Labor Statistics report using the most recent figures available.)

The 5,190 deaths in 2016 were up from 4,836 the year before and the injury rate also rose to 3.6 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers, up from 3.4/100,000 in 2015, BLS added. Read more »

Exhibit on tradeswomen and original builders opens at Capitol

One section focuses on the role of women in constructing the Capitol. The other shows tools and objects made and used by the original tradespeople who built the statehouse.  The display grew out of the Labor Education Service's “Who Built Our Capitol?” project that uncovered more than 620 of the original builders from1896-1905.
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Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is a good choice for the Senate says Trades' Craig Olson

Today Governor Mark Dayton announced Tina Smith as his choice to finish Sen. Al Franken's term.  Secretary-Treasurer Craig Olson of the MN State Building and Construction Trades Council expressed his support for the decision saying, "Minnesotans will be well served when Lt. Governor Tina Smith moves into her new role as our U.S. Senator. Tina has been a champion for the Building Trades Community here in our State, and will continue as that message is delivered to a larger national audience. Thumbs up to Governor Dayton; a great pick.”

 

Hundreds of Mankato and SW Minnesota Students Attend Construction Trades Expo

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Nearly 1,000 Mankato-area high school students will participate Tuesday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 25th  in Construct Tomorrow, an apprentice program that is being sponsored by the Mankato Building Trades to provide a hands-on introduction to careers in the skilled building trades to area high school students. Read more »

Volunteer Pipefitters keep heat on for homeowners in need

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(St.Paul Union Advocate) (video below) Over 100 low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners in Minnesota received free furnace repairs and inspections Saturday, thanks to union pipefitters and their contractors. Project Heat’s On, in its 31st year, drew volunteers from local unions in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Rochester and St. Cloud. In the Twin Cities, 90 members of St. Read more »

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