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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.

Retired Carpenter Keeps Rocking His Trade for Good

Retired Carpenter Keeps Rocking His Trade for Good

Usually, when someone retires from a career, they leave it in the past. But not Walter Hofner. Like a lot of retired tradesmen and women, he’s putting his expert skills to use regularly. And just as was the case when he was a union carpenter, he’s continuing to better the community. Walter, a retiree from…
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Dr. Martin Luther King Had More than One Dream

Dr. Martin Luther King Had More than One Dream

As we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on what would have been his 88th birthday,  we remember not only the work he did to create equality and eliminate prejudice in the lives of citizens around the world, but also the instrumental role he played in advocating for labor rights. His assassination in April…
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Apprenticeships: Your pathway to becoming an Elevator

Apprenticeships: Your pathway to becoming an Elevator

Imagine getting the opportunity to learn how to do what you love without having to take out a single student loan. Now imagine getting that hands-on training, and getting paid for it. That’s a union apprenticeship. Each Elevate Minnesota union has an apprenticeship program in place to ensure its members and their private sector partners…
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Wright Technical Center was Teaching STEM Before it was Cool

Wright Technical Center was Teaching STEM Before it was Cool

STEM education has been ramping up worldwide with increased attention to each of its pillars – science, technology, education and math. To some, STEM emphasis seems to be the educational flavor of the moment, but Wright Technical Center (WTC) founded its collaborative career and technical education center in 1970, long before STEM came along. WTC…
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