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Steve Johnson – Laborers District Council

Steve Johnson – Laborers District Council

I love my career as a construction worker; but from April to early October, just call me Coach Steve. If you drive over to North Commons Park in Minneapolis, you’ll likely to find me. I’ve been a youth football and baseball coach for the past 17 years, with a good 15 more years of coaching…
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Shannon Rotz – Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 12

Shannon Rotz – Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 12

When Shannon Rotz enrolled in Minneapolis Business College to get her diploma in office administration, she never imagined that her skillset, tenacity and work ethic would have guided her to a career surrounding construction and skilled trade work. Shannon graduated from her program and two weeks later her daughter was born. She took some time…
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Craig Olson – Climbing the Blue Collar Ladder

Craig Olson – Climbing the Blue Collar Ladder

It’s not surprising that the building and construction trades have ladders to climb. But many folks think the career ladder is reserved for white collar corporate jobs. Craig Olson’s career path tells a different story. While he admittedly didn’t have the whereabouts to go to college, Craig certainly had the work ethic to build a…
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D Rojas – A Carpenter and So Much More!

D Rojas – A Carpenter and So Much More!

Carpenter. Mentor. Native. Mexican. Identical Twin. Volunteer. Gay Games Captain. Dyke on a Bike. Bowler. Softball Player.  D Rojas is a lot of things. But first and foremost, she’s a carpenter, and has been for the past 31 years. Her decades-spanning commitment to the trades is pretty simple to understand, the way she tells it:…
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