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Merit Drywall charged with fraud and theft

On Tuesday, January 21, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced charges against Merit Drywall with two counts of insurance fraud and one count of theft by swindle. The husband and wife team, Leroy and Joyce Mehr have been accused of mischaracterizing “dozens” of employees as independent contractors in order to… Read More
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To All Members of Local 1488:

January 3, 2020 Re: Special Meeting  To All Members of Local 1488: On behalf of North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, I would like to state that I am very sorry to hear about your loss of employment due to the closing of the Merrill Semco plant. We want… Read More
Union millwrights thriving in the wind industry

Union millwrights thriving in the wind industry

Late in 2017, MidAmerican Energy announced that they planned to spend one billion  ($1,000,000,000) “repowering” approximately 706 older turbines across Iowa. The “repowering” would include replacing blades, hubs and turbine parts, which would allow each turbine to produce between 19 and 28 percent more energy. For the Millwrights at North… Read More
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Cadillac Tax Repealed

The tax on employer-sponsored health insurance benefits, known as the “Cadillac” tax, was set to begin on January 1, 2022 after being delayed twice. However, on Friday, President Trump signed a bill into law passed by Congress to fund the federal government and repeal the tax that was originally part… Read More
Member gives thanks to Business Rep

Member gives thanks to Business Rep

Member gives thanks to Business Rep If you’ve been a member of the Carpenters Union for any length of time, you know their mission: To gain 70% market share in the construction industry. The union provides better training, better performance and a better life for the members, their families and… Read More
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Update: Union Solidarity in a Time of Need

Being a part of a union means being a part of a family. It’s a group of workers that are connected on and off the work site. Members not only support one another, but they care for the communities they help build. This is exactly what one 12-year member has… Read More
Labor Trafficker Pleads Guilty

Labor Trafficker Pleads Guilty

For the first time, Hennepin County filed labor trafficking charges against Twin Cities contractor Ricardo Batres. Batres plead guilty to charges of labor trafficking and insurance fraud yesterday afternoon after repeatedly exploiting workers on construction sites in Minnesota. “Developers and contractors that profit from partnering with traffickers and fraudsters on Minnesota construction… Read More
Infection Preventionists meet in Pewaukee for their annual boot camp.

Wisconsin builds partnerships through Infection Preventionist Boot Camp

Over 50 participants from the field of Infection Prevention gathered at the Carpenters Training Institute in Pewaukee, WI on October 23rd for the Wisconsin Hospital Infection Preventionist (IP) Boot Camp. The boot camp demonstrated the private-public partnership between the Carpenters, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division, MetaStar, and the… Read More
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National Apprenticeship Week, November 11-17, 2019

National Apprenticeship Week, November 11-17, 2019 National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), now in its fifth year, is a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities, and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs and apprentices while providing valuable information to career seekers. Carpenters Training Institute (CTI) will be hosting a variety… Read More
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NCSRCC Municipal Election Endorsements

The NCSRCC has endorsed in the following municipal elections for 2019. Areas of endorsement were given priority based on protecting labor area standards and job creation for our industry. We encourage all members who live in these areas to vote before or on November 5, 2019 for the following: Minnesota… Read More