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Hundreds of Mankato and SW Minnesota Students Attend Construction Trades Expo

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Nearly 1,000 Mankato-area high school students will participate Tuesday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 25th  in Construct Tomorrow, an apprentice program that is being sponsored by the Mankato Building Trades to provide a hands-on introduction to careers in the skilled building trades to area high school students. Read more »

Executive Director Wanted

The Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council, an advocacy organization for construction labor unions and their members, seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization. Candidates must have excellent skills and experience in leadership, strategic planning, negotiations, legislation, politics, and government relations, as well as a demonstrated commitment to the labor movement. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with the responsibility of the position. Read more »

Volunteer Pipefitters keep heat on for homeowners in need

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(St.Paul Union Advocate) (video below) Over 100 low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners in Minnesota received free furnace repairs and inspections Saturday, thanks to union pipefitters and their contractors. Project Heat’s On, in its 31st year, drew volunteers from local unions in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Rochester and St. Cloud. In the Twin Cities, 90 members of St. Read more »

Unions respond to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma with help, funds

From dispatchers and utility line workers to health care professionals and FEMA employees, union members are stepping in to help during and after the devastating hurricanes in the southern United States. Numerous labor organizations also are conducting fundraising to aid affected communities. Read more »

General President Sellers updates SMART members on relief efforts

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General President Sellers updates SMART members on relief efforts on behalf of all SMART members affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.  This includes: Read more »

All are welcome at Union Jobs Fair

The Northwest Suburbs Community Labor Coalition and Working Partnerships are hosting a Union Jobs Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 27. A variety of union employers and union training and apprenticeship programs will participate in the employer panels and hiring event. Read more »

Hundreds attend ceremony honoring Capitol construction workers

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(Article by Randy Croce, video by John See, Workday Minnesota)  A simple question, “Who were the workers who built the Minnesota State Capitol?” was the catalyst for efforts leading to the dedication of a commemorative plaque during Sunday’s grand opening of the newly restored building.  More than 300 people attended ceremonies to recognize the original builders of the statehouse and those i Read more »

Builders past, present honored for work on Minnesota’s Capitol

(By Michael Moore, Editor, Union Advocate) Renee Gisch brought her grandchildren to the Capitol so they could see the restoration work she and hundreds of other tradespeople did over the last four years. Nearby, Daniel Reibestein and his mother, Donna, paid tribute to the work his great grandfather put into the landmark building’s original construction more than a century ago.

Construction workers past and present were honored Aug. 13 at the Capitol, part of a weekend-long grand reopening of the building after a four-year, $310 million restoration project. Read more »

Workers to be honored at Capitol Grand Opening on Aug. 13

Historic and recent Minnesota State Capitol construction workers will be honored as part of the Grand Opening of the newly restored building on Sunday, August 13.  Read more »

Blue Green Alliance launches BuildingClean.org website

The Blue Green Alliance's Building Clean website is intended to be a portal to buy local and healthy energy-efficient products. 

Housing consumes more than 20 percent of U.S. energy. Building Clean is designed to help architects and designers, consumers, contractors and developers, and manufacturers find American-made, healthy products to help them capture the benefits of energy efficiency retrofits—including lower utility bills, improved tenant health, and increased economic development. Read more »