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You Don’t Want to Miss These ‘Worker Wins’ Stories of 2015

Working people won big in 2015. Whether it was coming together and voting “union yes,” or winning legislation for paid sick and family leave, we can say it was a very good year.  AFL-CIO NOW covered many of these “worker wins” stories over the last year on the AFL-CIO Now Blog. Here are some highlights you don’t want to miss.

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2015 Holiday Lights in the Park

Holiday Lights in the Park is a joint venture of the St. Paul chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the St. Paul Police Foundation with the sole purpose of creating a fun and affordable holiday event that is fun for the entire family. All of the net proceeds from this event will be distributed to a community non-profit partner, the Saint Paul Police Foundation, and the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy. Read more »

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis picks union leader for board of directors

Article by by Adam Belz at the StarTribune. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has picked a union leader to join its board of directors. Harry Melander, president of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council, was appointed as a new Class C member and will serve a three-year term. He will replace Pentair CEO Randy Hogan, who is retiring from the board.  On Jan. 1, Melander will join MayKao Y. Read more »

Photos: A ‘concrete Christmas’ for Cement Masons Local 633

(Reprinted from the Union Advocate) the apprenticeship hall with festive concrete has become an annual tradition at Cement Masons Local 633.  The local hosted a holiday party at its training center in New Brighton December 1st, and members strolled through a “Peanuts”-themed winter wonderland fashioned by first- and second-year apprentices. Read more »

Carpenters pile on TruStone for undermining area labor standards in Burnsville

(By Michael Moore, Union Advocate) Already embroiled in a dispute with its own employees’ union, TruStone Financial got an earful today from local Carpenters, who called out the credit union for working with a contractor that does not meet area standards for wages and benefits.  Read more »

North America’s Building Trades Unions: Increasing Apprenticeship Opportunities Through Innovation

(By )  As our nation celebrates National Apprenticeship Week, it is worth noting that for over 100 years North America’s Building Trades Unions and its signatory contractors have funded and operated a skilled craft apprenticeship system that is the envy of the world. Read more »

KEN PETERSON: APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING MEETS WORKFORCE NEEDS OF TODAY AND TOMORROW

(Reprinted from the Union Advocate) Minnesota’s workforce is experiencing tremendous transition. Thousands of our experienced baby boomers are retiring, while many employers are seeking a workforce capable of meeting increased levels of skill to operate new technologies with precision.

An emerging, yet familiar, pathway for some employers to successfully bridge that gap is registered apprenticeship programs. Read more »

Dept of Labor and Obama administration celebrate first-ever National Apprenticeship Week

To "support and encourage apprenticeship programs that will help rebuild our middle class" and "rededicate ourselves to educating more of our people, retraining our workforce, and renewing our nation's promise to put the American dream within the reach of the determined," President Obama proclaimed Nov. 1-7, 2015 National Apprenticeship Week Read more »

Minnesotan named North America’s top tile apprentice

(by Michael Moore, Union Advocate) The trophy on display in Local 1’s New Hope training center may be small, but the accomplishment behind it – Brandon Peterson’s first-place finish in the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers’ International Apprentice Contest – is as grand as they come. Read more »

With new facility, St. Paul Pipefitters double down on commitment to training

(Article by Michael Moore, Union Advocate) A tenant for 111 years, St. Paul Pipefitters Local 455 finally has a home of its own. The union held an open house at its new facility at 1301 L’Orient Street in St. Paul yesterday, celebrating with apprentices, members, retirees, public officials and union leaders. Read more »