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Native pride meets union pride in Cement Masons’ training program

(Michael Moore, Union Advocate) As the first trickle of mud oozed out of the concrete truck’s chute, 13 trainees dressed in hardhats, safety vests and tall rubber boots sprung into action, using shovels and trowels to distribute the concrete evenly across 13 rectangular slabs.

The July heat was pushing 90 degrees, and the trainees, participants in a unique pre-apprenticeship program co-sponsored by the Cement Masons and area tribal authorities, worked in silence, heads down, as their instructors barked orders and critiqued their work.

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Building Trades, Firefighters, raise alarm about contractors' use
 of unsafe lumber

Out-of-state contractors are using unsafe lumber at four large, multi-family residential developments under construction in Minneapolis, Golden Valley, St. Louis Park and Minnetonka, Building Trades and Firefighters say.  Read more »

Take the bus to support of mining on Wed, July 13, in Duluth

Next Wednesday from 5:00‐7:30 p.m., the US Forest Service (USFS) will hold a public forum at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center where community members will discuss the pending renewal of two Twin Metals mineral leases. The USFS decision and their view of development within the Rainy River watershed will impact the development of all future mining opportunities in the area. Read more »

Forest Service Conducting Public Input Process about not renewing mining leases

Take action. Share this information. Sign the online petition here. The United States Forest Service (USFS) recently announced that it may try to block the renewal of two federal mining leases for Twin Metals Minnesota in northeast Minnesota and prevent all future mining opportunities in the Rainy River Watershed from moving forward. Read more »

Trades picket school projects in Waconia

(By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editorHeat and Frost Insulators Local 34, supported by other Building Trades unions, began an informational picket at Bayview and Southview elementary schools in Waconia Thursday to let the public know that contractor Peterson Sheet Metal was not paying the area standard wage to insulators working on HVAC updates at the two schools.

The picketing prompted several union workers at Southview to decide on their own to leave the job site, Local 34 members reported. Read more »

Memorial represents, honors all workers

(By Lynette Kalsness, AFSCME Council 5)  Workers from across Minnesota and across the generations gathered near our state Capitol on Memorial Day to dedicate the new Workers Memorial Mural. They came early and stayed late to stand next to the mosaic mural by artist Craig David. They took pictures and touched the figures that resembled them, a parent or a grandparent. Over and over again, people pointed to colorful figures depicted in stone, tile and glass and said, "There I am." Read more »

Workers Memorial Mural celebrated at dedication event

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On a hot, sunny Memorial Day, May 30, 2016, a crowd of over 400 people gathered at the Workers Memorial Garden on the lawn at the State Capitol to dedicate a Workers Memorial Mural. The installation, a hand-cut stone mosaic created by Twin Cities artist Craig David, can be seen on the south-facing wall of the Workers Memorial Garden. It is a wild mix of colors and shapes that suggest images of workers and working life throughout the history of Minnesota. Read more »

Minnesota Building Trades Endorses Angie Craig for Congress

DFL-endorsed candidate for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District Angie Craig announced today that the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council has endorsed her candidacy for Congress. Read more »

70th Annual Convention of the MN State Building & Construction Trades

CONVENTION CALL

TO: ALL BUILDING TRADES COUNCILS, LOCAL UNIONS, STATE OR DISTRICT CRAFT COUNCILS OR CONFERENCES:  Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, July 27th, 28th & 29th, 2016 |  Fortune Bay Resort Casino 1430 Bois Forte Road Tower, MN 5579 | Telephone: 800.555.1714

When making room reservations, please mention that you are with the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council.  Deadline for reservations is June 13, 2016. Read more »

St. Paul Building Trades 25th Annual Golf Tournament is June 8

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. Read more »