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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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Why this Minnesota employment training program was just honored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Why this Minnesota employment training program was just honored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

On a recent Monday morning, Aireyuna Dumas knelt on the ground and carefully hammered a nail into a wood floor. She was three weeks into a three-month construction program at the St. Paul-headquartered Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota, where she spends five days a week learning the trade. Dumas, a mother of two young children, learned about…
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The Minnesota State Capitol – A feat of union quality, expertise and pride

The Minnesota State Capitol – A feat of union quality, expertise and pride

When you think ‘blue-collar construction worker,’ do you also think ‘finely chiseled marble work’ or ‘meticulously restored century-old murals.’ Neither did we. Until we saw the majesty that is the recently renovated Minnesota State Capitol. You see, 1,800 union construction workers spent the better part of three years transforming a 111-year-old outdated, crumbling, inaccessible building…
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Laborers Union gears up to raise funds at their annual ‘Fun-Raiser’ picnic

Laborers Union gears up to raise funds at their annual ‘Fun-Raiser’ picnic

While many don’t know it, skilled trade union members donate their time and talents through philanthropic efforts across the state, helping Minnesotans in need year-round. On Saturday, August 19, the Laborers District Council of Minnesota & North Dakota will continue their fundraising tradition with their Annual Minnesota Laborers Union Family Fun-Raiser.  The picnic style event…
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