Your Union Friends and Neighbors

Raising the bar for us all.

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11.3

Percentage of workers in the United States belong to a union.

That’s 80,000 of your friends and neighbors.

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800,000

Number of new construction jobs the U.S. will need by 2024.

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3.5 Million

Total hours of union labor spent to build U.S. Bank Stadium.

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$7,720

Annual net salary bump for a Minnesota union construction worker.

And for every $1 in dues, members get $5.59 back in extra benefits and salary.

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Elevate Minnesota unions donate $10 million annually to local charities, plus thousands of volunteer hours.

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9.6% of Minnesota construction workers are veterans. That’s 2.7% above the national average.

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There’s no greater honor than to lend my skills to help build the home for a neighbor.

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Jennifer
Gaspersich

IBEW292

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Union Equality Effect

A higher share of union workers correlates to a larger middle class.

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Family Medical Leave Act

Just one right labor unions helped secure, along with Worker’s Compensation and Unemployment Insurance.

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$0 College Debt
What apprentices owe to enroll and train. In fact, they get paid.

That’s $30 million unions spend, providing up to 8,000 hours of training per apprentice.

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$11,204 What union women earn per year more than non-union women. That means no wage gap with men performing the same job.

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Since 1939, Minnesota has registered more than 110,000 apprentices.

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246 in 2016

The number of MN road and bridge projects that union members worked on in 2016.

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#4 out of 50

That’s where
union-friendly Minnesota ranks in the 2016 CNBC Best States for Business.

 

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28 career paths

From painters and sprinkler fitters to drivers and electricians, opportunities abound.

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Habitat for Humanity

Benefits from union giving.

They’re just one of the hundreds of nonprofits supported by union labor and donations.

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Students Welcome

We’re out there right now finding and nurturing new talent. Learn more at constructioncareers.org

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Respect the Craft

A union-backed effort to protect carpenters who get shafted or defrauded.

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Helmets = Hardhats

A nonprofit program that connects vets with training and employment opportunities.

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What’s an “Apprentice”?

A worker registered in an earn-as-you-learn training program. We bet ya know one or two.

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10.9% veteran-owned

One out of every ten Minnesota construction firms is veteran-owned

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A Better MN

Just for being union-friendly.

States with higher union membership see higher household incomes and fewer people in poverty.

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Land of 10,000 Bridges

Our lakes and other waterways mean lots of bridges — all built and maintained by union workers.

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What’s a “Journeyman”?

A skilled, licensed worker who has successfully completed a multi-year apprenticeship program at no cost.

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Zero Tax Dollars

used to back union benefits

Pensions and benefits are funded solely by members, business partners, and investments.

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“Unions mean higher productivity, lower turnover, improved workplace communication, & a better-trained workforce.”

– Professor Harvey Shaiken, UC–-Berkeley

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$564 Million

That’s how much the AFL-CIO pension fund has invested in Minnesota projects like office buildings, apartments, and healthcare facilities.

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“We really need to start by thanking our local unions.”

– Dave Mansell, Mortenson Construction, referring to US Bank Stadium

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Our unions operate food shelves for members temporarily out of work following company layoffs.

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Union trades are innovators, from insulating the Mall of America so it doesn’t require heating to wiring the Midwest’s largest solar array near North Branch.

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