Get a Grip On Tool Safety

Tools are used every day in every industry. They make small tasks easier and large tasks possible, but they’re often taken for granted. Whether they’re simple hand tools, or more complex power tools, all tools can pose a hazard in the workplace.

Most of the time, hand and power tools can be used with no problems — but serious injuries can occur when tools are not properly maintained or they are not used correctly. J. J. Keller has some ideas about for taking steps to identify and correct potential tool-related hazards in your workplace. Read more »

Be a Star on New Outdoor TV Series

You work hard to keep this country running. You make a difference in your community. And you're passionate about the outdoors and passing on our hunting and fishing heritage to the next generation. That makes you a star in our book, so the Union Sportsmen's Alliance wants you on Brotherhood Outdoors. Read more »

U.S. UNIONS, CANADIAN ENERGY FIRM SIGN PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT FOR BIG TRANS-NATIONAL PIPELINE

Four U.S. construction unions, the Operating Engineers, Teamsters, Laborers and the Plumbers and Pipefitters, signed a Project Labor Agreement on Sept. 14 with a large Canadian energy company, to build a big trans-national oil pipeline from the oil sands of Alberta to the refineries of Texas’ Gulf Coast. Read more »

Forum focuses on potential for clean energy jobs

One solution to the nation’s unemployment crisis is the creation of clean energy jobs, but to achieve that goal everyone must be involved in the effort, participants in a Congressional forum agreed.

Congressman Keith Ellison, who represents Minnesota’s 5th District, hosted the forum Sept. 8 at the South Education Center in Richfield. A large crowd listened and engaged in discussion with the panelists, who described local clean energy efforts and their connection to work at the federal level.

All agreed the potential for the growth of clean energy businesses and jobs is huge. Read more »

Laborers president cites critical need for jobs, praises Obama plan

Terry O’Sullivan, general president of LIUNA, the Laborers’ International Union of North America, said President Obama’s job creation plan announced Monday in Milwaukee “is exactly what our nation needs.”

LIUNA represents a half million workers, many of whom work in the construction industry which has been hit hard by the recession. The industry’s unemployment rate stood at 17 percent in August. Minnesota is among the states with the highest percentage of unemployment among construction workers. Read more »

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