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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.

New Year, New Capitol Building

New Year, New Capitol Building

Each year after the holidays, most Americans resolve to do something to change the way they look and feel for the start of the New Year. Minnesota’s State Capitol Restoration Project went after the same goal, albeit three years in the making, with its nearly-completed restoration project. Hundreds of local blue-collar union workers – cement…
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Teenage Tradespeople in Training

Teenage Tradespeople in Training

Teenage students rarely find the real life application of certain high school classes, but that’s not the case for Tony Vesledahl’s students at Milaca High School. Vesledahl teaches the school’s building trades class, facilitating an experience similar to those run by union apprenticeship programs. As a result, so many of his seniors consider that period…
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Hurried – Not Hasty – Help to Complete Habitat House

Hurried – Not Hasty – Help to Complete Habitat House

Building a quality house in five days seems like an impossible task – but not for the members of the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters (NCSRCC) apprenticeship program! Earlier this month, carpenters-in-training worked carefully and tirelessly to finish the shell of a Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity house, to ensure the project…
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Getting a Lesson on Labor

Getting a Lesson on Labor

Attention all Gophers! Beginning Jan. 30, the University of Minnesota’s Labor Education Service will be offering an online course covering the labor movement, its successes, its challenges and how labor fits in to the global context. This opportunity is perfect for anyone in search of background on the industry. No experience? No problem! The course…
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