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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 »

New Iron Expo Will Bring Together the Construction Industry in an Event Showcasing Training and New Equipment

April 3, 4 & 5 event at Local 49 Training Center will give an inside look at how the construction trades are prepared for a continued increase in large-scale projects. The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 announced today plans for its’ New Iron Expo on April 3, Read more »

Community Ed offers courses in construction careers, labor history

Want to learn more about local labor history? Looking to explore career opportunities in the construction trades? These two labor-related courses are among the St. Paul Public Schools’ lineup of Community Ed offerings this winter. Read more »

Fatal on-the-job injuries rose by 7 percent in 2016; construction again accounts for a large share

More than 5,000 U.S. workers – 14 every day -- were fatally injured on the job in 2016, a 7 percent increase from 2015. (The numbers are from a Bureau of Labor Statistics report using the most recent figures available.)

The 5,190 deaths in 2016 were up from 4,836 the year before and the injury rate also rose to 3.6 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers, up from 3.4/100,000 in 2015, BLS added. Read more »