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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 »

Pipe Trades apprentices test skills at regional competition in Twin Cities

(Union Advocate) It would be an understatement to say the competition among Pipe Trades apprentices – and apprenticeship programs – held in the Twin Cities June 7-8 was intense.

How intense? After a labor reporter chatting with one of the visiting instructors snapped a photo of some plumbing specs, he was confronted by another out-of-town instructor, who demanded in no uncertain terms that the photo be destroyed.

“Or else we’ll give you a math problem,” the instructor warned. “How do you get home with four flat tires and no spare?” Read more »

BIPARTISAN SENATE DUO INTRODUCES APPRENTICESHIP TAX CREDIT BILL

(Press Associates Union News Service) A bipartisan duo of Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced legislation to let businesses take a $5,000-per-worker tax credit for three years for every newly trained apprentice they hire.  Read more »

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 »