2016 Health & Benefit Fair on Saturday, April 2nd

LIUNA members and signatory union contractor representatives are welcome to attend the 2016 Labor Health & Benefit Fair, Saturday April 2, 2016 from 8:00-2:00 pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Laborers Union members, as deemed eligible, will receive a $20 pre-paid gas card for attending the fair, as a way to offset any mileage or parking costs in getting to the event.  Once in the fair, attendees will be able to meet with hundreds of health professionals covering nearly every sector of the health services industry.  In addition, the fair is noted for kids activities, seminars on healthy living and cooking, prizes and so much more.  Members should plan a visit to the Laborers Hospitality area to receive the gas card, but also register for a host of other prizes, enjoy complimentary lunch and beverage for the member and their family and learn about a new exciting Healthy Member / Healthy Union promotion! 


Laborers Day at the Capitol 2016

It is time once again for our annual Laborers Day at the Capitol. We need you to join us in the offices of your state representatives and senators. Our lawmakers need to hear from our members how the legislation they pass affects their jobs, family and communities. This year we will be asking our representatives to support a long-term boost to transportation funding and a large bonding bill for infrastructure improvements. We will also make sure they understand we will fight back against any attempts to undermine our pay or benefits, like Right-to-Work or attacks on Prevailing Wages.  Here are the details of the event:



Legislative Reception

Tuesday, March 22nd

5:00-7:30 pm

Carpenters Union Hall, 700 Olive Street, Saint Paul, MN.


Day at the Capitol

Wednesday, March 23rd

Laborers District Council Offices

81 E. Little Canada Road

Saint Paul, MN

10:00 Registration & Cookout

11:15 Briefing

11:45 Board busses for the Capitol

12:30-4:00 Meetings with Legislators

4:00 Board busses back to Laborers District Council




Laborers Caucus Information

On Tuesday, March 1st at 7:00 pm, Laborers around Minnesota will head to their precinct caucuses. We will be posting information about the caucuses right here including links to sites where you can find your caucus location, what to expect at the caucus and even resolutions to print off and share.

The Laborers Union has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. You can read General President Terry O'Sullivan's statement on the endorsement and get more information about Hillary Clinton here:

To find the location of your precinct caucus click on this link:

Caucusing for the first time? Find out what to expect by clicking on this link:

Check out these links to caucus resolutions you can print off and submit:



Get ready for the 2nd Annual Laborers Family Fun-Raiser!

It is time once again to mark your calendars for Saturday, August 15th from 11:00am - 2:00pm for our second annual Laborers Family Fun-Raiser at historic Minnehaha Falls Park in South Minneapolis. Last year,  we raised over $23,000 for the Ronald McDonald House and Laborer's Charitable Foundation.

We will once again have lots and lots of prizes for kids and adults to give away every half hour, great food, and even more family fun amenities on our KIDWAY!

We will also offer free parking on the beautiful park grounds in our Motorcycle and Classic Car Corral for members to show off their Bike or Classic Cars.

Everything is FREE to members by showing your Laborers Union Card and your voluntary contribution to benefit Minnesota Laborers Charities.

Please spread the word on your jobsites and share this post far and wide.  To share from our Facebook post, click here or download the flier.

Click here for a map and directions to the event.


Laborers Mobilize for Sandpiper Pipeline Project

Enbridge plans to build a 600-mile pipeline that would connect North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields to Enbridge terminals in Clearbrook and Superior, Wisconsin. The proposed Sandpiper pipeline could put hundreds of union LIUNA members to work, keep fuel prices down, and prevent deadly rail accidents. (Click here to read more about the Sandpiper Project.) 
But none of that will happen without your help. Pipeline opponents are already lobbying the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to kill the project. We need to let the Commission know that hard-working Minnesotans support building the Sandpiper pipeline.
  • Good construction jobs
  • Lower fuel prices
  • A safer alternative to rail
  • More domestic energy production
The Commission will hold public hearings on Sandpiper next week (Jan. 5-9) to find out what Minnesotans think about the project. Pipeline opponents will be out in force, but so will we. 
Join your LIUNA brothers and sisters and stand for Sandpiper.
  • Mon. Jan. 5; St. Paul RiverCentre (RSVP here)
  • Tues. Jan. 6; Duluth Downtown Holiday Inn (RSVP here)
  • Wed. Jan. 7; Bemidji State College Hobson Union (RSVP here)
  • Thur. Jan. 8; Crookston Inn & Conv. Center (RSVP here)
  • Fri. Jan. 9; St. Cloud River’s Edge Conv. Center (RSVP here)
All of the hearings start at 2:00 pm and if necessary, will break for dinner. You can stop by the hearings any time after 2 pm to show your support. Detailed addresses for each location are below.
Monday, January 5, 2015; 2:00pm

Saint Paul RiverCentre - Ballrooms A and B
75 West Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul MN  55102
RiverCentre Information:<>

Tuesday, January 6, 2015; 2:00pm

Downtown Holiday Inn - Ballroom
200 West 1st Street
Duluth MN  55802
Parking is free for public hearing guests

Wednesday, January 7, 2015; 2:00pm

Bemidji State University
Hobson Union - Ballroom
1500 Birchmont Drive  Northeast
Bemidji MN  56601
University Campus Map:<

Thursday, January 8, 2015; 2:00pm

Crookston Inn & Convention Center
Ballrooms 1 and 2
2200 University Avenue
Crookston MN  56716

Friday, January 9, 2015; 2:00pm
St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center Herberger Suite
10 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud MN  56301
Convention Center Information:<http://www.stcloudriversedgeconven>

Check here for Election Information!

The campaign season is in full swing at the Laborers Union. Every night, there are Laborers reaching out through phone banks and door knocks to talk to fellow Laborers about the importance of electing Laborer-friendly candidates to state and local offices. Laborers are no strangers to hard work and that is why campaign work comes naturally to many of us. If we want to keep Minnesota on the right track, if we want work hours to keep increasing, if we want an economy that works not only for CEO's, but for Laborers too, then we all need to donate some time to the effort.

To sign-up to volunteer before Election Day, click here.

To sign-up to volunteer for our big Get-Out-The-Vote efforts, click here.

To see a list of Laborers endorsed candidates, click here.



Laborers Family FUNraiser and Picnic is a huge success!

The Inaugural Laborers Family FUNraiser & Picnic with a car & motorcycle show was held on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

Join LiUNA brothers & sisters and contractor representatives for a family gathering and fun day to raise money for Minnesota Laborers Union designated charities.

WHAT: Laborers Family FUNraiser & Picnic

Car & Motorcycle Show

WHERE: Minnehaha Falls Park Bandshell area

4801 S. Minnehaha Park Dr., Minneapolis, MN  55417

WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Enjoy a family day for a great cause.  Live music 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.  A BBQ lunch (hot dogs and chips) provided from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  If you want to enter your car or motorcycle in the show, you need to register your vehicle in advance by calling 651-288-6407 or click here to register online

Please RSVP at 651-288-6407 so that we can plan for food.


Laborers District Council President Jim Brady Retires

After 41 years of distinguished union service, Jim Brady is retiring as president of the Laborers District Council at the end of this month. Todd Pufahl, the LDC’s current Legislative Director, will step into the job, leading the District’s 12,000 members.
Brady, 59, started as a rank and file union member. He got a construction job out of high school, joining the Laborers International Union of North America, Saint Paul Local 132, in 1973. After two decades in the field he was elected to union leadership in 1992, and reached the presidency of the LDC in 1999.
Brady practiced a quiet leadership, never taking credit for himself, but inspiring respect in everyone he worked with. “I surround myself with good people and let them do what they're good at. It's always worked,” Brady said of his accomplishments. He leaves behind a legacy of improved health care, pensions, and training.
“Jim set a new standard of doing business with union groups. We will miss him.” said Harry Melander, President of the Saint Paul Building & Construction Trades Council.
“Mostly, he is a gentleman and a leader we have come to trust and rely on for his leadership. We will miss him and we wish him a long, healthy and happy retirement,” said Dave Semerad, CEO of Associated General Contractors of Minnesota.
Pufahl, who will follow Brady as president, comes from a family of Laborers, and has been a member himself for 34 years. Pufahl started working as a Laborer in 1979 becoming part of union leadership in 1992 when he was elected business manager of Local 363. “Not a day goes by that I do not think about my responsibility in safeguarding the livelihoods of our members and their families that depend on them. It is personal to me,” Pufahl said. “I have two brothers who are Laborers, a son and the father of my three precious grandchildren, provides for them working at the calling. You will never find me neglecting the responsibilities of this office.”
In 2005, Brady picked Pufahl as the LDC's new Legislative Director, where he has worked to represent the LDC's members to their elected representatives. As the transition approaches, Pufahl looked to continue Brady’s legacy. “Jim Brady’s leadership blazed an amazing trail – but Todd will seamlessly continue down that path advocating for its members. The Laborers are in good hands. Todd’s political background and experience will represent his constituents well at any negotiating table,” Melander said.
“Under Jim’s leadership the Laborers have risen to be held in high regard amongst our peers, our partner signatory contractors, political leaders and most importantly our rank and file members,” said Pufahl. “I hope to emulate Jim’s example and hope the same can be said of my stewardship over this organization when I retire.”

Minnesota Laborers Set 2013 Legislative Priorities

With the new Laborer friendly majorities in the Minnesota House & Senate we start the 2013 session with a lot less anxiety and a lot more optimism. We are four weeks into session and not a word about striping bargaining rights or eliminating the eight hour work day. Rather we have bills seeking to give more workers the right to organize, raise the minimum wage, provide property tax relief, pay back our schools and fully fund the build out and operations of light rail in the metro area.

We are actively working to promote job creation bills that enable expansion and growth for the Mall of America, Rochester Mayo Clinic and improve Minnesota’s transportation infrastructure needs for the future.

We have a Governor who is not afraid to lead and propose a structurally sound, balanced and honest budget rather than playing it politically safe and kicking the states problems down the road.

The opportunity is there to make sure these sound proposals become law. Elected officials need to hear from their constituents; Laborers and Union contractors who support these and other job and project creation measures. We have a great opportunity to meet legislators once again at our Annual Laborers Day on the Hill set for Thursday, March 14th. We encourage all members current and retirees to come and join us at this important outreach event. Come join your brother and sisters to talk to your legislators about our 2013 legislative priorities.

  1. Support for a transportation funding bill which would provide much needed additional constitutionally dedicated transportation funding and fund thousands of construction related jobs over the next twenty years.

  2. Support for Tax bill which will leverage up to $2B in private economic development and million of work hours for our members revitalizing the MOA and building out the Bloomington Central Station development.

  3. Support for our responsible contractor proposal which will provide public entities a new tool to disqualify non responsible low bid contractors who do not met the definition of a responsible contractor due to their past conduct.

  4. Support for the DOLI proposals which aim to provide resources and additional authority for the DOLI to better enforce labor laws, apprenticeship programs and wage standards in Minnesota.

  5. Support HF748 SF608 which fixes a loophole in current law which prohibits workers from having standing or being made whole when a contractor has been found in violation of local prevailing wage ordinances or other contract requirements.

  6. Support Governor Dayton’s proposal to restore $220M a year in aid to Counties and Local Governments.

Please register for your 2nd annual Laborers Day on the Hill by calling the District Council @ 651-653-9776 or by registering online here. 

Todd T. Pufahl, Legislative Director


2012 Laborers Election Summary

It has been a long haul from the end of the last legislative session to the end of this historic election. However, Laborers have a lot to be proud of.  For example, since the end of the last session, we have worked together motivate our members to get active and attend their precinct caucuses and move through the process to become a delegate to the State and National Conventions.  We were successful in accomplishing both. We had a strong and organized contingency of Laborers at the State DFL Convention and we elected one of our own (Pat Jansen), as well as three others to the Democratic National Convention.

We then turned our focus on registering more of our members to vote.  We were again successful in motivating more than four hundred members to pre-register and hundreds more to register and VOTE on Election Day.

After which, thanks to the Laborers leadership, every Laborer in MN, ND & WI received six issue mailings, at least two Leader letters, Primary and General Election Sample Ballots and numerous phone calls, door knocks and robo-calls educating and motivating them to vote, and vote right in November.  

Laborers can also take pride in knowing the Laborers were once again leaders in providing assistance to Laborer Endorsed Candidates and ballot measure efforts. With so much at stake this election cycle, we PAC’d out with every one of our Laborer Endorsed Candidates Campaigns and we were top tier investors in all of the Independent Coordinated Efforts on behalf of our Laborer Endorsed Candidates.  We partnered with the Fund for the Majority; 8th CD add on Fund; GOTV add on Fund; Our Vote Our Future Fund; the 2012 Fund, and a vital (Laborers only) Tom Saxhaug IE effort widely credited as making a big difference in holding this seat.

We also stepped up BIG TIME for Rick Nolan and totally funded the AFL-CIO’s only 8th CD Nolan program. Without our funding, fewer AFL-CIO members would have had any direction or communication from LABOR indicating that Rick Nolan was the ONLY AFL-CIO & MN State Building Trades Endorsed Candidate!  We also fully funded the AFL-CIO’s effort to bring predictive dialers to Greater Minnesota by purchasing 22 laptops for the AFL-CIO’s RLF’s & ALC’s to utilize.

Through all of this we also accomplished our goal of making sure we are NOTICED for the electoral work we were doing. Our Orange Crush Army of Activists were everywhere our “friends” were and we made good use of Local 563’s BIG ORANGE Truck at rallies, marches & debates. 

Laborer activists and members have a lot to be proud of in the outcome of this election cycle and we can all breath a lot easier as a result of our investments and our collective efforts.