US | March 2014

Still Fighting for the Eight-Hour Workday

Flat wages have been pushing American workers backward for decades, but Minneapolis Local 292 member Kent Blachowiak’s employer was trying to push him all the way back to the 19th century. Blachowiak is the shop steward for the more than 80 members of Local 292 working for FMS, a metal components manufacturer. When their contract expired near the end of last year, the company’s first offer went after one of the foundational achievements of the labor movement: the eight-hour workday. “They wanted 12-hour days, no overtime,” said Local 292 Business Manager Rodger Kretman. “It wasn’t even clear if they wanted three 12-hour days a week or four, or how it would work at all. They just wanted it and they wouldn’t budge.” Read more...

 


MN | January 2014

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MN | December 2013

 

On December 3rd the official groundbreaking was held for the new Minnesota Viking’s stadium, and the construction is quickly ramping up towards February 2014 when the dome will be deflated and the building systematically replaced with the new People’s Stadium. Build 23, a combined effort of Parsons and Gephart Electric, is signatory with IBEW Local Union 292 and the entire job has a project-labor agreement.


links:
http://www.minnpost.com/glean/2013/12/vikings-stadium-groundbreaking-upbeat-politicians-downbeat-politicos

 

http://www.vikings.com/stadium/new-stadium/faq.html

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vikings_Stadium

 

http://www.msfc.com/content/MSFA%20Stadium%20Presentation%20Deck%20V2.pdf

 

 

vikings-stadium-ground-breaking-article-stb_2013_12.pdf

 

vikings-build23-parsons-news-release_2013_08-28.pdf

 

http://parsonscorp.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Build23_brochure-flip.swf

 

http://www.gephartelectric.com/about/gephart-news

 


 

MN | November 2012
2nd Annual veterans’ Day Pancake Breakfast to support those who serve
Sunday, November 10th from 9 a.m. to noon
Academy of Holy Angels 6600 Nicollet Avenue South Richfield, MN (67th Street Entrance)
Tickets available at the Door $6 for Adults $3 for kids (10 and under)
Proceeds benefit Richfield’s Honoring All Veterans Memorial


 


 

MN | October 2013

Holiday events are coming up. Please consider volunteering at the Holiday Lights installation on November 21, 22 and 23 by calling the hall or emailing office@ibew292.org. December 7th is the Children's Christmas party, starting at 9am. The members-only Christmas Party is December 13th at 6pm.

 


MN | August 2012

 

IBEW Donation Assists Freedom Farm Renovation Freedom Farm Riders Enjoy Comfort of Newly Insulated Arena

Waverly, MN – August 20, 2012 – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, (IBEW) Local 292, recently wrapped up months of work at Freedom Farm culminating in the completion of their “Insulate the Inside Arena” project. The IBEW and Freedom Farm have a long-standing partnership. When the indoor arena was built in 2003, IBEW Local 292 provided the professional electricians to complete the wiring and donated money to purchase all of the arena lights.

Freedom Farm has been in existence since 2001 with a mission to enrich lives by partnering with the unique attributes of the horse to improve mobility, build confidence, and encourage personal growth in children and adults with physical, mental and emotional challenges.

 IBEW Local 292, Minneapolis & St. Cloud, and signatory contractor Killmer Electric partnered to complete the electrical portion of the arena remodel. This included retrofitting the lighting to identify and install more energy efficient fixtures resulting in less energy usage and cash savings for Susie Bjorklund, Freedom Farm’s Founder and Executive Director.

“Having the arena insulated and new lights has already had a huge impact on our program”, according to Bjorklund, “On the days it has been over 90 degrees, it has never been above 70 degrees in the arena. In the past, we would have needed to cancel classes because of excess heat. Consistency is very important for the Freedom Farm Riders. The riders, volunteers and horses of Freedom Farm thank the IBEW for their professionalism and passion.”

The IBEW has a long history of charitable work in the community with members giving back thousands of hours in community service each year in the greater St. Cloud and Twin Cities areas. The IBEW is proud to partner with Freedom Farm on the successful completion of this important project. The newly insulated arena will allow riders to be better served in discovering a sense of independence and freedom through interaction with the horses and Freedom Farm volunteers.

To learn more about the IBEW’s Power of Professionalism visit www.ibewpros.org and to learn more about Freedom Farm visit www.freedomfarmmn.org.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is a group of the most skilled and productive craftsmen and women in the electrical industry. The Minneapolis/St. Paul locals have over 200 years combined history of expert craftsmanship and contributing to the industrial, commercial, and residential building infrastructure of metropolitan and rural Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


MN | August 2012

 

Keeping Current published today, August 10th 2012. You'll get a copy in your mailbox, if not email us at office@ibew292.org. You can download it on the right side of this page as well or by clicking here.

 

M.N.  | February 18th, 2012

IBEW 292 Takes Home Traveling Trophy

IBEW Local 292 won the Devils Lake fishing tournament again on February 18th, 2012. Brother Joseph Heltemes reports that 292 ended up with 6 of the 9 fish that placed. Congratulations brothers! We'll proudly display the trophy at the hall again this year.

 

M.N.  | March 3rd, 2012

18th Annual IBEW Local 110 Perchathon

IBEW Local #110 Cambridge Chapter Invites All Members To The 18th Annual PERCHATHON on Mille Lacs Lake Hunters Point Resort
East side of Mille Lacs Lake, 2nd resort past Flagship Inn; 4 miles past Hwy. 18 on Hwy. 47
Saturday, March 3, 2012 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$15.00 Entry Fee Per Person Children welcome $5.00 for each child
Door Prizes
- Breakfast hour 6-8 a.m. at Hunters Point
Pays out to 10 places (based on 70 entries)
Weigh-in and Social Hour 3:00p.m.
3:30p.m. Awards
Download flyer for contact and sign up information.

 

M.N.  | December 19, 2011

Support Striking Machinists


More than 350 members of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge 165, Local 623 are on strike in Stearns County against the Polar Tank Trailer manufacturing facility. The workers voted overwhelmingly on December 1 to reject the company’s proposed contract language that would compromise job security. The company would not agree to a contract extension to continue bargaining without disrupting the plant’s production. The workers were left with no choice but to strike.

Union and community members in the area are encouraged to join the 24 hour IAM picket to offer support to the striking workers.

If you live in the St. Cloud area, or are driving through it would be great to stop by the picket line and say hello. Groceries and other supplies can also be dropped off in the trailer at the picket line. Yesterday was two weeks, and the members are really encouraged when other unions show support.

The Polar Tank facility is located at 12810 County Road 17, Holdingford, MN 56340. Contact Colleen Murphy-Cooney for more information: 320-266-6571.

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U.S.   | May 27, 2011
Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Law Curbing Unions
By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
The ruling Thursday that Republicans in the State Senate had violated the open meetings law dealt a blow to Gov. Scott Walker.

 

At the 2011 Building Trades National Legislative Conference, Reverend Cletus Kiley delivers the invocation. The passionate appeal to workers rights and social justice nationwide set the tone for the day. Click here to watch 

 

M.N.  | September 20, 2011

Investment Trust thanks union workers on construction site

MINNEAPOLIS - The AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust and Greco Development LLC recently held an appreciation luncheon to honor union workers at the Flux Apartments' construction site in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. More than 150 workers, all members of unions affiliated with the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council, were in attendance. Guests were also joined by national and local labor leaders who recognized the BIT for its commitment to job creation in the area and praised the workers for their skill and professionalism.

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U.S.   | May 27, 2011
Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Law Curbing Unions
By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
The ruling Thursday that Republicans in the State Senate had violated the open meetings law dealt a blow to Gov. Scott Walker.

 

At the 2011 Building Trades National Legislative Conference, Reverend Cletus Kiley delivers the invocation. The passionate appeal to workers rights and social justice nationwide set the tone for the day. Click here to watch 

 

100 Years After theTriangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

 

 


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