New Labor Secretary questioned on enforcement, job training, DOL cuts

Reverting to a theme of the George W. Bush administration, Alexander Acosta, the new U.S. Labor Secretary, is pushing aiding businesses to go along with workplace protection laws through “compliance assistance” first, and enforcement second.

In his first appearance before lawmakers since taking the DOL post on April 28, Acosta repeatedly said he wants DOL to train businesses in how to follow the law, rather than penalizing them for breaking it. That would “enlist” businesses in compliance, he added. Read more »

These grads sport hard hats instead of caps and gowns

(Elevate Minnesota) It’s that time of year, when college and university students pack commencement ceremonies to accept their diplomas. Away from this pomp and circumstance, there is a less-visible world of graduates in our midst – a group filling well-paying, in-demand jobs, without the student loan debt and with the on-the-job-training that reinforces their chosen career path. Read more »

Convention Call for the 71st Annual Convention of the MN State Building & Construction Trades Council

This year's convention will be on Thursday and Friday, July 27th - 28th, 2017 at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, MN 55089, Telephone: 800-222-7077.

When making room reservations, please mention that you are with the Minnesota State Building Trades.  Deadline for reservations is June 30, 2017.

REGISTRATION begins at 8:00 AM on July 27. The Convention will convene at 12:00 PM Read more »

LOCAL WORKERS PROTEST ABUSE OF GUEST WORKER PROGRAM ON WALNUT GROVE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Building Trades representatives will deliver a letter to the Meadowland Co-op board urging the Co-op to hire contractors that employ locals, rather than relying on temporary foreign workers to build major projects like the ongoing expansion of the Co-op’s grain facility in Walnut Grove, MN. (If the wireless network signal is sufficient this event will be broadcast live on the MN & ND Laborers District Council Facebook page. Read more »

St. Paul Building Trades Annual Golf Tournament set for June 14

The tournament will take place at Clifton Hollow, located on Carmichael Road, (Co Road F), about 8 miles south of Hudson, WI. There will be a shotgun start beginning at 10:00 a.m. You are invited to form your own foursome or register as an individual. The fee for this event is $100 per person, payable to the St. Paul Building Trades Golf Tournament. The fee includes green fees, cart, range balls, dinner and two drinks. There will be many prizes given away to participants, plus prizes for the winners. Read more »

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