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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 »

IBEW Women Wire Habitat for Humanity House in All-Women Project

(By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor)  Inside a brand-new Habitat Humanity house under construction in north Minneapolis, an all-women crew is volunteering to complete the electrical work. They're members of Sisters in Solidarity — SIS — from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Twin Cities' locals. Read more »

Apprenticeship: A great career pathway for Minnesota's workforce

(By Commissioner Ken Peterson, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry) 

Apprenticeship programs are providing great career pathways for TeVaan Paye of Minneapolis, Connor Langer of Owatonna and more than 12,000 other Minnesotans.

Apprenticeship is a centuries-old training system that combines on-the-job learning with formal classroom instruction. Read more »

Apprenticeships are Beneficial to the Economy

(The following is an excerpt from the guest commentary originally published in The News-GazetteFor the full op-ed and guest appearance, please visit this link.)  “Ultimately, the facts make it clear that not everyone is going to go to college. Read more »

Sheet metal partners tackle challenges at the NFL’s newest stadium

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you:  Winning a contract to work on U.S. Bank Stadium—located in downtown Minneapolis and home of the NFL’s Vikings—wasn’t just any old job for SMACNA contractors MG McGrath Inc. Sheet Metal and Albers Commercial Kitchen Services. It was one that involved creating one of the largest and most unique structures in North America.   Read more »

LABORERS RE-ELECT O’SULLIVAN, DEFEND OIL PIPELINE PROJECTS

Delegates to the Laborers convention unanimously re-elected union President Terry O’Sullivan and the entire executive board at their convention in late September. But they also took on other unions over construction of oil pipelines. Read more »

Roofers: Building Trades, Rowan University Team Up for Scholarships, B.A. Degree in Construction Management

(By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer) North America’s Building Trades Unions and Rowan University have joined up to launch a Bachelor of Arts degree program in construction management, the Roofers reported, with scholarships available for deserving – and conscientious - students. Read more »

FIVE CONSTRUCTION UNION LEADERS URGE DAKOTA PIPELINE GO-AHEAD

(By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer) Five construction union leaders, who have a combined 8,000 members working to build the Dakota Access Pipeline, are urging Democratic President Barack Obama to reverse agency rulings and let the oil pipeline project go ahead. Read more »

NEW PRO-WORKER RULES TO BENEFIT MILLIONS

(By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer)  New pro-worker rules, announced in late September and the beginning of October by Obama administration agencies, have the potential to benefit millions of workers in coming years. Predictably, radical right House Republicans screamed about them.

The rules would particularly aid low-wage and exploited workers, said Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, whose agency unveiled one key final rule, ordering firms that get federal contracts to establish paid sick and family leave for their employees. Read more »

Volunteer Pipefitters keep heat on for area low-income, elderly homeowners

(Union Advocate) Volunteer members of St. Paul-based Pipefitters Local 455 serviced and repaired furnaces free of charge to disabled, elderly and low-income homeowners in the Twin Cities area Saturday during their annual HEAT’S ON day of service. Read more »