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2017 LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS, PASSING BONDING, TRANSPORTATION BILLS

(Minneapolis Labor Review) After going into a special session, the 2017 Minnesota legislature adjourned May 26 after taking care of unfinished business from 2016: passing both a bonding bill and a transportation bill.

But the Republican-controlled legislature also inserted objectionable policy provisions in budget bills which DFL Governor Mark Dayton said he accepted only to avoid a budget stalemate and a government shutdown. Read more »

Building Trades host annual Trades Night at Target Field

The Minnesota Twins will face the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, June 20, for the annual “Trades Night at Target Field.” Game time is 7:10 p.m.

Prior to the game, from 4:30-7 p.m., the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council will host a picnic for union members and their families at the Minneapolis Farmers Market. (The Farmers Market is located at 312 East Lyndale Ave. N., with pay parking in a lot across Lyndale). Read more »

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 »

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 »