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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.

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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After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

People are turning to training in the trades for bumps in wages, and it’s a pretty safe bet. The skills being taught here are in high demand. That’s in part because so much effort has been put into encouraging high school graduates to go to college for academic degrees rather than for training in industrial and other…
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Best Part of the State Fair? The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49

Best Part of the State Fair? The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49

The Minnesota State Fair showcases all that makes our state great – Sweet Martha’s, Pronto Pups and your local union friends. The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 are bringing the construction experience to life at the Fair with interactive simulators that give a first-hand experience of what it’s like to operate enormous construction equipment. Make…
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