Our union members, their communities and the issues that matter to them.

Elevate Minnesota represents your union friends and neighbors raising the bar for all of us. We’re 80,000 private sector, blue collar workers from 16 local labor unions. And we’re here to tell you our whole quality of life story. Whether standing for the highest standards, cementing the Minnesota economy, giving back to the community or creating gold standard careers, we're out there every day. Find us and join us.

St. Paul building trades team with the Learning Jet to transform aircraft hangar into a classroom

St. Paul building trades team with the Learning Jet to transform aircraft hangar into a classroom

On the grounds of the St. Paul Downtown Airport, contractors and volunteer building trades workers are transforming an aircraft hangar into a year-round classroom for thousands of students interested in aviation. It is an extraordinary effort, meant not only to whet the appetites of future pilots and aircraft mechanics, but also to give hands-on experience…
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For clean-energy jobs, sky’s the limit

For clean-energy jobs, sky’s the limit

Golden cornfields stretched out 24 stories below Will Osborn, the autumn landscape dotted with silos and farmhouses. Of course, he didn’t have much time to gaze. Planted atop a wind turbine — one of a few dozen here — Osborn was diagnosing a weather sensor. Osborn’s job, wind technician, is the fastest growing occupation in…
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IBEW Local 110: Putting Their Skills To Good Work

IBEW Local 110: Putting Their Skills To Good Work

Instead of taking Saturday morning to relax at home, more than two dozen electricians from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 110 were hard at work. But like they do a lot of Saturdays, they weren’t earning overtime. As part of a Rice County Habitat for Humanity home build, the union members – ranging in age…
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Shortage of skilled workers squeezing Twin Cities builders

Shortage of skilled workers squeezing Twin Cities builders

Nearly a decade after the U.S. economy collapsed and construction workers fled the industry, Twin Cities builders and contractors are in the midst of one of their busiest years. But a shortage of skilled workers means that new projects — from modest office renovations to soaring new apartment towers — are costing more and taking…
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