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Fifty Labor Days by Edward M. Smith, former VP of the Laborers’ International Union of North America

COMMENTARY: Fifty years ago I joined Laborers’ Local 773 in Cairo, Illinois. My first dispatch out of the union hall put me in a pick-up truck headed to a job building a bridge that links Missouri with Illinois. Bob Tapley was an Operating Engineer working on the job, and he charged me two dollars a day for the ride back and forth to work. 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 »

72nd Annual Minnesota State Building Trades Convention Highlights the 'Helmets to Hardhats' Program

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Executive Director Carly Melin kicked off the 72nd annual Minnesota State Building Trades Convention in Downtown Duluth. Read more »

New Report: Minnesota’s Construction Industry Pulls Ahead of Wisconsin’s

A new report by North Star Policy Institute finds that Minnesota’s construction industry has pulled ahead of Wisconsin’s since the Great Recession, fueled by a strong recovery that has boosted both employment and average worker pay. Minnesota surpassed Wisconsin in total construction employment, while construction industry wage growth in Minnesota has far outpaced that of Wisconsin since 2010. Read more »

Construction unions recruit veterans to trade helmets for hardhats

(by Michael Moore, Union Advocate) Minnesota’s construction unions kicked off their annual convention on July 26 by highlighting the career opportunities their apprenticeship programs create for military veterans like Jared Anderson. Read more »

Building Trades, Walz to Highlight Helmets-to-Hardhats Program

Congressman Tim Walz will join with union leaders and rank-and-file members to kick off the 72nd annual Minnesota State Building Trades Convention in Duluth by highlighting the Helmets-to-Hardhats program. Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed July as “hire a veteran” month. The group will meet on Thursday, July 26th at 10:30am at the Northland Constructor’s Job Site, Superior Street Project, Southwest corner of 5th Avenue West. (Upper pavilion for the Duluth Public Library, across from the Radisson Hotel). Read more »

Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council Stands in Solidarity With Organized Labor

The Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council condemns U.S. Supreme Court ruling that attacks organized labor. Read more »

MN’s public-sector unions aren’t mourning Janus, they’re organizing

Early on a Wednesday morning last month, about two dozen St. Paul water department employees trudged into a small conference room for a meeting with their union representatives. After listening to a quick pitch, the workers signed new membership cards, shook hands with their reps and punched in for the day.

Even by union standards, it was an entirely unglamorous scene. There were no bullhorns, no banners, no picket signs – not even coffee or donuts. Read more »

Association: More tariffs will hurt construction, other industries

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has come out against White House threats to impose an additional $200 billion of tariffs on goods imported from China. Read more »

Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council Endorses Sen. Smith for U.S. Senate

Today, the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council announced their endorsement of Sen. Tina Smith for the U.S. Senate.

“Tina is a proven champion for unions and working families,” said Carly Melin, Executive Director of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council. “Tina has always been an advocate for workers in Minnesota. As Lt. Governor, she worked to raise the minimum wage, expand access to paid parental leave and fought for equal pay. We need her voice in Washington to keep fighting for all working families.” Read more »