Trades-backed alliance ramps up recruitment as MN’s construction industry booms

Minnesota’s Building Trades unions are behind an effort to restock the pipeline of workers entering the industry with with women, veterans and people of color.

Area Building Trades councils honored for community outreach

The national award recognizes Minnesota unions’ efforts to recruit and prepare women, people of color and veterans for construction apprenticeships.

Construction jobs get bipartisan support at Capitol rally

Gov. Dayton touted his proposed $1.5 billion public works bill. Republicans pledged to shift mining and pipeline projects out of neutral.

Why aren’t more women entering the construction trades?

On International Women’s Day, it’s worth noting one area of the U.S. economy where the wage gap is uniquely narrow: construction.

Builders past, present honored for work on Minnesota’s Capitol

Renee Gisch brought her grandchildren to the Capitol so they could see the restoration work she and hundreds of other tradespeople did over the last four years. Nearby, Daniel Reibestein and his mother, Donna, paid tribute to the work his great grandfather put into the landmark building’s original construction more than a century ago. Construction […]

Workers to legislators: Finish the job on transportation, bonding

  Construction workers and contractors formed a united front at the Capitol today in support of a special session allowing state legislators to compromise on two shared priorities – transportation and infrastructure – left unaddressed when session adjourned Sunday night. Lawmakers “still have time to finish,” Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council President Harry Melander […]

On national day of action, union painters brighten disabled vet’s Shoreview home

Volunteers from the Painters and Allied Trades helped ready a new home in Shoreview for the family of a disabled military veteran last weekend. The project was part of a nationwide day of volunteer activity, IUPAT Gives Back Day, sponsored by the union. Terry Nelson, business manager of Upper Midwest-based IUPAT District Council 82, said […]

Unions: Dayton’s ‘jobs bill’ would strengthen state’s infrastructure and economy

Gov. Mark Dayton today proposed investing $1.4 billion in infrastructure improvements across Minnesota, including $82 million earmarked for projects in St. Paul. The governor called the bonding proposal a “jobs bill” and, drawing on academic research, estimated it would create work for nearly 40,000 Minnesotans. [The calculation does not include an additional $600 million Dayton’s […]

Ken Peterson: Apprenticeship training meets workforce needs of today and tomorrow

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. Registered apprenticeship programs have […]

Building Trades invited, but unwelcome at Bonfe’s job fair

Bonfe’s might want to consider a new recruiting strategy. For the second year in a row, the non-union mechanical and electrical contractor invited members of area Building Trades unions to attend an open house for prospective employees. And just like last year, Bonfe’s recruiters spent most of the open house trying to keep union members […]