More than 1,000 L.A. construction workers were cheated out of millions in pay, labor officials say

In the largest wage-theft case ever brought by the state of California against a private company, the labor commissioner has cited a City of Industry framing and drywall subcontractor for cheating more than 1,000 workers out of minimum wage, overtime and rest breaks on 35 construction sites across the Los Angeles region. Read more »

Jessica Looman joins Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council as its Executive Director

The Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council announces that Jessica Looman will serve as its new Executive Director

"The State Building and Construction Trades Council is an important voice for 70,000 skilled professionals in Minnesota’s construction industry,” stated Looman, “I look forward to helping the Council move forward with its mission of promoting the growth and development of all building and construction trade unions in our state and growing the industry for the advancement of all affiliates and their members.” Read more »

Elevator Constructors, Sportsmen’s Alliance team up to get kids hooked on ice fishing

Josh and Jen Atkinson moved their family from Oakland, Calif., to Albertville four years ago, but it wasn’t until today that they got their first taste of a uniquely Minnesotan tradition: ice fishing.

“I’ve always wanted to do this,” Jen said from inside a heated pop-up ice shelter on Coon Lake in Columbus, where she and Josh dropped lines with their sons, 8-year-old Sheamus and 3-year-old Shawn. “This is so cool.” Read more »

Volunteer Ironworkers from Local 512 Set Up Bentleyville Christmas Tree in Duluth

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, volunteers from Iron Workers Local 512 participated in setting up the iron frame for the 128-foot tall Bentleyville Christmas tree in Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park. Since 2010, volunteers from Local 512 have erected and taken down the massive Christmas tree – the dazzling centerpiece of the Bentleyville “Tour of Lights” holiday event. Read more »

Lennar Homes Continues to Use Scandal Ridden Company

New information has surfaced that the single largest home-builderin the Twin Cities metro area for every year since 2006, Lennar, has used American Contractors and Associates (ACA) on multiple projects.

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Apprentices to be featured during Apprenticeship Week

Feature an apprentice! Do you have an apprentice who is doing great things? Let us know! Send a short bio about the apprentice and a photo to Check back during Apprenticeship Week (Nov. 12-16, 2018) at to see other featured apprentices. Read more »

Upcoming Construct Tomorrow events

Construct Tomorrow offers high school students a hands-on opportunity to learn about apprenticeships in the construction trades. Organizers kicked-off the 2018-2019 school year in October 2018 with events in Eveleth, Fairmont and St. Paul. Construct Tomorrow is a partnership of the Minnesota building and construction trades
apprenticeship programs, industry leaders, educators, employers, and government agencies. Since 2013, over 60,000 students have attended Construct Tomorrow events throughout Minnesota.

Additional Construct Tomorrow events are scheduled for: Read more »

54th Minnesota AFL-CIO Convention Celebrates Union Victories in Difficult Times

Workers from across the state were gathered in Minneapolis for the biennial convention of the Minnesota AFL-CIO, the labor federation of some 1,000 local unions representing 300,000 members. Delegates voted on leadership for the federation, celebrated successful organizing programs and heard from a variety of speakers including Governor Mark Dayton and Senator Amy Klobuchar. Read more »

Setting the Record Straight on the Davis-Bacon Act

(From the NABTU Leadership blog.) Once upon a time, conservative columnists like George Will could have been counted upon to offer thoughtful, reasoned and, most importantly, well-researched analysis on public policy issues.

Sadly, that academic approach to public policy debate has seemingly been forsaken, and Mr. Will’s recent column lambasting the federal Davis-Bacon Act as an inherently racist law is a case in point. Read more »