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Pete Dubay – Cement Masons Local 633

Pete Dubay – Cement Masons Local 633

As the son of a 50-year member of Cement Masons Local 633 (formerly 557), I became hooked on large-scale construction at a young age. I still remember the first time my father took me to one of his job sites where workers were busy meticulously pouring concrete. Growing up, I jumped at the chance to…
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Raymond Zeran – IBEW Local 292

Raymond Zeran – IBEW Local 292

The first Wednesday of every month, we have had a small group of electricians who volunteer as bike mechanics for bikes4kidsmn.org. They take donated bikes and repair them to working condition, then give them out to kids and people in need. Our local has also supported the organization financially – with our donation, each person gets a…
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Luis Parad – Pipefitters Local 455

Luis Parad – Pipefitters Local 455

As a member of Pipefitters Local 455, a St. Paul-based union, some of my favorite moments of my work is when we give back. One Saturday, about 50 team members spent time servicing and repairing furnaces for disabled, elderly and low-income homeowners. This was all part of an annual effort called HEAT’S ON day of…
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Laura Turner – United Brotherhood of Carpenters

Laura Turner – United Brotherhood of Carpenters

I am so grateful to be a sister in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. I was a single mom making $9.50 an hour before I got in a union. Now I’m providing a life for my daughter thanks to my stable job that I also happen to love. It’s so rewarding to see something I…
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