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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 »

LABORERS’ O’SULLIVAN, ALLIES LOBBY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE DOLLARS

(By Mark Gruenberg, Press Associates International) Laborers President Terry O’Sullivan and allies ranging from former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hit Capitol Hill on May 17, lobbying for more – and more permanent – infrastructure dollars.  Read more »

May 30: Mural will be dedicated at Workers Memorial Garden on State Capitol grounds

(By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor) A newly-installed mural at the Workers Memorial Garden located on the State Capitol grounds will be dedicated Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale will be among the featured speakers and the Twin Cities Labor Chorus will perform. Here is a link to more information including parking. Read more »

NEW OSHA RULE TO FORCE DETAILED WORKSITE-BY-WORKSITE DATA DISCLOSURE

(By Mark Gruenberg, Press Associates International)  A new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule will force firms, worksite by worksite, into detailed, publicly posted job safety and health data disclosure – showing how safe, or unsafe, each workplace is. Read more »