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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.

Top Five Ways Unions Help Keep The Earth Green

Top Five Ways Unions Help Keep The Earth Green

When you see skyscrapers, highways, stadiums, schools, bridges or apartment buildings, you probably don’t think “reduce, reuse, recycle.” Despite their job to build new things, the construction industry takes their responsibility to the planet – conservation and sustainability – seriously. And Minnesota’s private-sector building and construction trades unions, along with their contractor, manufacturing and energy company…
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‘Water’s Off’ provides free plumbing services for seniors, low-income families

‘Water’s Off’ provides free plumbing services for seniors, low-income families

For someone who’s been a handyman since he could remember, it was tough for John Ravenhorst when medical issues forced him to give up his self-sufficiency. After four months in the hospital with medical issues, John Ravenhorst came away with doctors ‘ orders to never lift more than 20 pounds again. So when help is…
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Iron Workers Union Breaks Ground With Paid Maternity Leave

Iron Workers Union Breaks Ground With Paid Maternity Leave

When leaders from the iron workers’ union heard the heart-wrenching story of how a woman was on the job site ‘one day too many’ and suffered a miscarriage, they knew they needed to act. As one female member recalls, General President of the Iron Workers, Eric Dean, didn’t hesitate – “We will figure it out….
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Union members speed network with students at Roosevelt High School

Union members speed network with students at Roosevelt High School

It was 1975 the last time Tom Thompson walked the halls of Roosevelt High School in South Minneapolis. Some 42 years later, he’s back to talk to juniors and seniors about the work he’s been doing since graduation – working as a heavy equipment operator with the International Union of Operating Engineers, helping construction Minnesota’s highways,…
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