Women Building Success celebrates tradeswomen at awards ceremony

Union tradeswomen and labor leaders gathered June 1 in White Bear Lake for the Women Building Success Awards, a celebration of local apprentices, journey workers and advocates for women pursuing careers in the construction trades. Women Building Success (WBS) is a Minnesota organization founded in 2017 to recognize and promote the achievements of women in […]

Unions’ pre-apprenticeship program puts more Minnesotans on path to construction careers

Thirty-five Minnesotans are a big step closer to family-sustaining careers in the unionized construction industry after graduating from the Building Strong Communities program last week. Elected officials, union leaders, employers and family members gathered for a ceremony May 5 at North Hennepin Community College to recognize graduates of the pre-apprenticeship program for women, veterans and […]

Unions honor fallen tradespeople on Workers Memorial Day

Twin Cities Building Trades councils observed Workers Memorial Day with a ceremony on the Capitol grounds today, remembering union tradespeople who died from workplace injuries and illnesses over the past year and rededicating their organizations to the cause of safer worksites. “Every worker, regardless of their language, their gender, their skin color, their age or […]

In memoir, United Hospital nurse reflects on experiences in COVID ICU

After accepting a post in United Hospital’s COVID intensive care unit, Amanda V. Peterson began writing as a form of what she calls “paper therapy.” Two years later her memoir has sold out its first press run in just three weeks.

After pandemic hiatus, Plumbers union brings back Water’s Off service day

Several Twin Cities homeowners received free service through local union plumbers’ annual Water’s Off service initiative last month.

Cutting-edge geothermal system keeps Local 455 training center cool

“This is the first building of its kind to use this technology in the world that we’re aware of,” Local 455 Business Manager Tony Poole said. “We wanted to be on the forefront of this, and we are.”

With Biden’s signature, postal reform measure will lift ‘5-ton weight’ dragging down USPS

After more than a decade of advocacy in Congress and sometimes in the streets, USPS employees and their unions celebrated a landmark victory last month.

Minnesota Building Trades on path to becoming Yellow Ribbon organization

The state Building Trades council held a signing ceremony Wednesday with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a federal program that promotes cooperation between National Guard members and their civilian employers.

Remembering Shar Knutson: ‘Her presence will be missed, but her legacy lives on’

Knutson made history as the first woman elected president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO.

As staffing crisis deepens, DFL lawmakers respond with bill to keep nurses at bedside

Sen. Erin Murphy, a registered nurse and the bill’s chief author, called the measure “a hyperlocal, hospital-by-hospital approach” to dealing with the staffing crisis.