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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 »

Jury selects designs for Capitol plaque to honor workers

(by Randy Croce, Labor Education Service, U of MN)  After more than 100 years, the workers who built the Minnesota State Capitol, including six who were killed in the construction, will be honored in the statehouse. Read more »

Building Trades give back this holiday season

While the holidays are a time to count our blessings, the season also serves as a reminder of those less fortunate in our communities. Luckily, there are countless ways people can give back locally, and members across Minnesota’s construction and building trades unions are first in line to give of their time, resources and expertise. Read more »

Center for American Progress: Building Middle-Class Wealth Through Unions

A secure middle class depends not only on workers earning fair and stable incomes but also on their ability to sufficiently save for the future. When families live paycheck to paycheck, unexpected sickness or layoffs can spark years of compounding hardships. Read more »

Some Opponents of Prevailing Wage Are Really Bad at Math

A new report by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute finds that prevailing wage repeal cannot result in "44 percent savings" in Wisconsin. (Full Report PDF: Prevailing Wage Repeal Cannot Result in "44 Percent Savings:" Evidence from Southwestern Wisconsin) Read more »

Union plumbers step up to keep St. Paul Schools’ water safe

(Union Advocate) Union plumbers are stepping up to make sure drinking water is safe for students and staff in the St. Paul Public Schools. The district recently finished testing all water fixtures in its buildings for lead. While more than 95 percent of fixtures passed the initial test, maintenance staff identified 233 fixtures that needed replacing. Read more »