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Unions gaining public favor, losing ground in workplace- Why?

(Article reprinted from the Union AdvocateUnion members are becoming increasingly scarce in the U.S. labor force. It’s a trend that continued in 2016, when union density fell from 11.1 to 10.7 percent of the total workforce, according to federal report issued in January. Unions’ demise has assumed an aura of inevitability. So when the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on unions, media outlets mostly yawned. Read more »

2nd Annual Union Job & Resource Fair planned for April 4

Save the Date: The 2nd Annual Union Job and Resource Fair will be held at the East Side Freedom Library on April 4, 2017, 3-6PM. It's a way to discover your path to a union career. Learn how to earn while you learn and rise above the minimum wage. There will be information about the advantages of a union job, record expungement, and community resources.  Read more »

Funeral services set for David K. Roe

Services have been set for longtime labor leader David K. Roe, who died Monday at age 92.

Visitation is Sunday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel, 5000 W. 50th St., Edina. A funeral will be held Monday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. at Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 5645 Chicago Av., with visitation at 10 a.m. Read more »

David Roe, giant of Minnesota labor, dies at 92

(by Steve Share, editor, Minneapolis Labor Review) David K. Roe, a fierce advocate for workers and leader during decades of growth and change in the labor movement, died Monday, February 13, at age 92.  Read more »

Minnesota Laborer is finalist for national social justice award

Edwina Patterson, a member of Laborers Local 653 in Minneapolis, is in Washington, D.C., this week to be honored for her work advocating for more people of color in the Building Trades. She is one of 10 finalists for the Edna Social Justice Award given by the Berger-Marks Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to supporting the leadership of young women in the labor movement. Read more »

Lowering Workers Wages is NOT the Answer

A January 29 post by Jill Manzo at the Midwest Economic Policy Institute says lowering the wages of construction workers is NOT the way to prosperity. There has been a national push to repeal or weaken state prevailing wage laws. Read more »

Building Trades Union Members and Leaders Meet with President Trump

The following statement was released today by North America’s Building Trades Unions at the conclusion of a “listening session” meeting held with President Donald J. Read more »

Building Trades Unions Celebrate Presidential Action to Jumpstart Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline Construction

The following statement was released today in response to the issuance of an Executive Order by President Donald J. Trump that clears the way for the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines:

 "On January 24, President Donald J. Trump gave continued hope to thousands of skilled craft construction professionals in America's heartland for whom the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects have been an economic lifeline.  Read more »

Exhibit showcases workers who renovated Capitol

(by Randy Croce; Photo courtesy and © Tom Olmscheid) An exhibit at the newly renovated state Capitol showcases the workers who restored the building over the past few years. The photographs by Tom Olmsheid are on display in the newly opened building's basement. The black-and-white images of trades men and women give a sense of the diversity of jobs and workers on the project.  These skilled workers brought the statehouse back to the beauty of its 1905 appearance, while modernizing it for use in the 21st century.  Read more »

Minnesota labor media win 13 awards; includes a 2nd place for “Construct Tomorrow”

(by Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review) The International Labor Communications Association has presented 13 awards to Minnesota’s labor media. The awards honor work produced in 2015. The ILCA labor media contest attracts submissions from across the U.S. and Canada from local, state, regional and national labor organizations, who compete with like-sized organizations. Read more »