Olivia likes to watch things being built from the ground up that people use every day like buildings and bridges. Her position as a second-year apprentice as a welder with Piledrivers 1847 lets her do just that. “I get a lot of bigger opportunities working in a union.” She credits the welding certificates she has been able to complete as part of her apprenticeship for her steady work. She loves to travel and has been able to travel for work ... View Article
Meet Brandy - A Laborer's apprentice. In her previous job as a certified nursing assistant, Brandy met lots of union workers on the Line 3 project who spoke highly about the building and construction trades. She decided to research working in the trades and is now a Laborer’s apprentice. “I have jackhammered on the Blatnik bridge in Duluth and worked on bridges by Two Harbors.” She has also learned enough about carpentry to build her ... View Article
Chevy Gonzales is a 5th year sheet metal apprentice who loves to work on architectural composite panels. Working high up and being able to see the skyline of Minneapolis is a pretty big thrill. Chevy says a great part of being an apprentice is being able to learn the tricks of the trade from Journeymen and women. “I want to be able to pass along what I’ve learned to other apprentices. It's great to attain this knowledge and know that, yes, I ... View Article
It's National Apprenticeship Week!
Meet Morris Bell - A laborer's apprentice. Morris was a forklift operator at Menards when he heard about a program call Building Strong Communities. BSC is a free, multi-trade apprenticeship readiness program that educates participants about the unionized construction industry. He had heard about the union, the benefits and pay from family members and decided to see if it would work for him. BSC helped ... View Article
With election day having come and gone, and the vote tallies being finalized, the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades would like to congratulate Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan, Attorney General Ellison, Secretary of State Simon, Auditor Blaha, Speaker Hortman, the new DFL Senate Majority and the Minnesota DFL on their resounding victories. While we have friends of organized labor on both sides of the aisle, many who won and ... View Article