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Study: Union Construction Apprenticeships Rival Bachelor’s Degrees

By |2021-12-13T09:31:49-06:00September 23rd, 2021|News|

In its examination of core economic, fiscal and social metrics, the study found that graduates of union apprenticeship programs achieve outcomes most similar to other workers with bachelor’s degrees and associate degrees, while outcomes for nonunion construction workers more closely mirrored other workers with high school diplomas or GEDs. Read the entire article here

Study says construction apprenticeships offer pathway into Iowa’s middle class

By |2021-12-13T09:33:10-06:00September 15th, 2021|News|

The study said after accounting for demographics, trade, and year of enrollment, registered apprentices in construction earn about $10 more per hour if they graduate from joint labor-management programs. Read the entire article here

Differing fortunes in Wisconsin, Minnesota construction industries stir debate

By |2021-12-13T09:34:10-06:00August 7th, 2021|News|

The report’s authors believe a series of public projects probably helped Minnesota’s construction industry recover from the recession. Experts at the University of Minnesota and the Associated Builders and Contractors say they agree with that conclusion but disagree over the influence of certain government policies, specifically policies affecting unions in the two states. Read the entire article here

Minnesota School Projects Study Says Unions Increase Safety Without Higher Costs

By |2021-12-13T09:36:15-06:00July 20th, 2021|News|

“Minnesota’s unionized construction sector is no more costly than the non-union sector even though it produces higher wages, greater inequality, safer work sites and other things like less reliance on government assistance programs,” said Frank Manzo, director of the Midwest Economic Policy Institute, which co-authored the study. Read the entire article here

The Clean Economy Revolution Will Be Unionized

By |2021-12-13T09:37:51-06:00July 7th, 2021|News|

Building the clean energy economy must go hand in hand with creating high-quality American jobs. Unions and worker power are integral to realizing this outcome. Union workers earn higher wages and are more likely to receive necessary benefits such as health insurance, retirement plans, and paid leave than their nonunionized counterparts. Read the entire article here

Report: Minnesota’s union construction workers earn more without affecting project costs

By |2021-12-13T09:41:27-06:00July 6th, 2021|News|

Union construction work in Minnesota pays better than the nonunion peers without inflating project costs in the $16 billion industry, according to anew study out last week. Read the entire article here

Report: Minnesota’s union construction workers earn more without affecting project costs

By |2021-12-13T09:40:32-06:00July 6th, 2021|News|

Coupled with other findings in the study, Midwest Economic Policy Institute Policy Director Frank Manzo said Tuesday, July 6, is the takeaway "that Minnesota's union construction industry is no more costly than the nonunion alternative even though it produces higher wages." Read the entire article here

Report: Minnesota’s union construction workers earn more without affecting project costs

By |2021-12-13T09:39:13-06:00July 6th, 2021|News|

Union contractors in Minnesota collected an average hourly pay of $33 between 2015 and 2019, according to the study, $8 more than their nonunion counterparts and only $2 less than the average Minnesota college graduate. Read the entire article here

Collective bargaining boosts economy, strengthens public budgets

By |2021-12-13T09:42:59-06:00March 21st, 2021|News|

“While much is known about the impact of collective bargaining on the wages of represented workers and the apprenticeship programs that train most of our state’s skilled construction workforce, this report details broader economic, fiscal, and social impacts that are too often overlooked by policymakers,” said study co-author and ILEPI Policy Director Frank Manzo IV. “In northeastern Illinois alone, construction union contracts aren’t just reducing poverty, they are creating jobs and spurring growth across all sectors of the economy while providing state and local governments with a reliable tax base to fund schools, police, fire, and other vital public services.” Read the entire article here

8 tips to launch a rewarding career in the construction industry

By |2021-12-13T09:44:08-06:00March 10th, 2021|News|

With an apprenticeship, there’s little if any costs, which means at the end of the apprenticeship, you’ll have a skill that you can use for a lifetime — without incurring tens of thousands of dollars in college debt. Read the entire article here

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