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Trades-backed alliance ramps up recruitment as MN’s construction industry booms

(by Michael Moore, St. Paul Union Advocate) A union-backed initiative to recruit more women and people of color into construction careers is hoping a new website will amplify its marketing push and help ease the industry’s stubborn labor shortage. Read more »

Area Building Trades councils honored for community outreach

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(St Paul Union Advocate) Local Building Trades unions have put an emphasis in recent years on reaching out to make more women, veterans and people of color aware of their registered apprenticeship programs and the middle class career opportunities they make possible. Read more »

Workers Memorial Day 2018

[A list of Workers Memorial Day events around the state can be found on the MN AFL-CIO website] On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we will come together to defend hard-won victories by working people from attacks by right-wing Republicans and business groups. We will commit to fighting until all workers have safe jobs and the freedom to form unions to seek a better future. Read more »

Why an Honors Student Wants to Skip College and Go to Trade School

As worries about student debt rise, states and businesses increasingly push faster, cheaper paths to the
workplace; parents are stumped
 
(By Douglas Belkin,WSJ) Raelee Nicholson earns A’s in her honors classes at a public high school south of Pittsburgh and scored in the 88th percentile on her college boards. But instead of going to college, Ms. Nicholson hopes to attend a two year technical program that will qualify her to work as a diesel mechanic. Read more »

Construction jobs get bipartisan support at Capitol rally

(Article reprinted from the Union Advocate) State lawmakers from both parties touted their proposals to put union tradespeople to work during an April 10 rally on the Capitol steps, organized by the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council. Read more »

Construction decelerating, but not declining, experts say

  • Despite the construction industry decelerating, it is not in a decline, according to industry experts who participated in a webinar titled "Is the Construction Expansion Decelerating?" hosted by Dodge Data & Analytics April 3.
  • Total construction starts anticipated for the coming year amount to a 3% gain, which, although lower than last year’s 4% rise and more substantial increases in previous years, is still in positive territory.
  • Bob Murray, Dodge's chief economist, said that the market is functioning at a decent clip and that despite rising interest rates and mate

MnDOT announces 2018 state road construction projects

Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle today announced $1.1 billion in state road and bridge projects that will be worked on across Minnesota this year.

The 253 projects, many of which are already underway, will help keep the state’s roads and bridges in good working condition, improve safety for motorists and support thousands of construction jobs across the state. Read more »

Third Annual Union Job and Resource Fair at East Side Freedom Library April 5

The East Side Freedom Library, the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, and a Long List of Unions and Unionized Employers invite you to the Third Annual Union Job and Resource Fair, Thursday, April 5, 2018, 3-6pm. Learn about the advantages of a union job! Information about record expungement and community resources will be available. Read more »

NAWIC Celebrates Women in Construction Week March 5-11

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will celebrate Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 5-11, 2018. WIC Week is the most important date on the NAWIC calendar. This week helps NAWIC advance its mission to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

"NAWIC has enhanced the success of women in the industry for more than 62 years. We are proud to highlight contributions of women to the industry during Women in Construction Week," said NAWIC President Connie M. Leipard, CIT. Read more »

Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council selects its first Executive Director

On February 26, 2018, the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council announced Carly Melin as its first Executive Director. Melin will provide leadership and carry out the directions of the State Building Trades Executive Board and its 70,000+ members.

"I am excited about moving the State Building Trades agenda forward.  Relationships, opportunities and practical legislation will continue to be the mission of the Council,” stated Melin. Read more »