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Workers Memorial Day April 28, 2014

Mourn For The Dead Sticker Every year on April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. This year the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy and to ensure the freedom of workers to form unions and, through their unions, to speak out and bargain for respect and a better future. It's time for our country to fulfill the promise of safe jobs for all.
Here are some of the scheduled events to commemorate the day. More will be posted when information becomes available.

Apple Valley
6:00 PM, Monday, April 28, Lebanon Cemetery Monument to Fallen Workers (Pilot Knob Road at County Road 42)

1:00 PM, Monday, April 28, MnDOT Truck Station (4725 Chaska Blvd.) 

Noon, Monday, April 28, Pub 500 (500 S Front Street), Doors open at 11:30

9:00 AM, Monday, April 28, MnDOT Truck Station (2900 48th St. NW)

St. Paul
Noon on Friday, April 25, Workers Memorial Garden on the Capitol grounds (12th & Cedar Street)

Superintendent Training - Register Now!

April 28--May 1, 2014

7:OO a.m.--3:30 p.m.

Ironworkers Local 89

3265 6th Street SW

Cedar Rapids, IA  52404


Through IMPACT’s cutting-edge, locally conducted Superintendent Training for Ironworkers, IMPACT is ready to help you and develop as a future leader.

IMPACT’s Superintendent Training for Ironworkers is a three-day, hands-on session where you will apply the necessary skills and knowledge for leadership success.

For more course details, and registration information, contact Seth Gorman, Apprenticeship Coordinator, at: seth.gorman-iwlu89ac@ironworkers.org or phone: 319-365-8675.


Welcome to the Ironworkers Union Local No. 512 Website

Ironworkers Local 512 jurisdiction covers all of Minnesota, all of North Dakota, and 21 counties in western Wisconsin. We have 1,363 journeyman members and 281 apprentices in this local which is divided into three regions.

We encourage you to read through the information on this website and, if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us.

Click here to view our jurisdictional map.


Minnesota has one of the Country’s Lowest Workplace Fatality Rates

According to a new AFL-CIO report, Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, 60 workers were killed in Minnesota in 2011. Minnesota had one of the lowest worker fatality rates in the country, 2.3 workers per 100,000 workers.  Nationally, 4,693 workers died on the job in 2011, a rate of 3.5 deaths per 100,000 workers, down from the previous year’s figures of 3.6.  North Dakota, with a rate of 12.4 deaths per 100,000 workers, was the state with the highest workplace fatality rates followed by Wyoming, Montana and Alaska. Wisconsin ranked 19th at 3.3 deaths.  Read more HERE or click the link below for the full report. 


Superintendent Training for Ironworkers

IMPACT and the National Training Fund will soon be publishing the new Superintendent Training for Ironworkers manual and conducting a blended-learning course based on the manual.  Click HERE to read more.

Journeyman Upgrade Classes

A new web paged has been added under the Members tab.  This page will explain the Journeyman upgrade classes that are offered. Click HERE to go to the page.


Deadly Dozen Activities and Hazards


  1. Falls through unprotected or inadequate floor opening covers.
  2. Collapse of unsecured open web steel joists.
  3. Lack of fall protection and inadequate use of fall arrest equipment.
  4. Falls during installation of floor and roof decking.
  5. Material handling injuries during steel erection and reinforcing steel activities.
  6. Column collapse due to anchor bolt failure and/or insufficient concrete strength.
  7. Structural collapse of unsupported reinforcing steel columns, walls, and decks.
  8. Struck-by injuries from falling objects, tools, and materials.
  9. Caught between injuries during hoisting and rigging operations.
  10. Impalement from unprotected reinforcing dowels or other vertical projections.
  11. Electrical hazards and injuries from high-voltage power lines.
  12. Heat illness and toxic exposure to chemicals and air-borne contaminants.

US Dept. of Labor launches online retirement toolkit in cooperation with Social Security Admin, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

"This toolkit will provide workers with essential tools and information," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security Phyllis C. Borzi. "By working together, our three agencies were able to create a comprehensive source for a diverse collection of resources that will help America's workers make informed decisions that are vital to their financial security throughout retirement."
CLick HERE to read more.
Click HERE to use the Toolkit.


Hey Wisconsin- Like Weekends??

From WI AFL-CIO Feb 25, 2014

The 7-Day Work Week Bill, Assembly Bill 667, has been introduced in the state Senate as Senate Bill 508. The Assembly Labor Committee held a hearing on AB667 on February 12, but did not vote the bill out of committee yet.  This bill would roll back the clock on worker rights and create an environment where workers are intimidated and pressured into working 7-days a week, every week, all year.  It is expected that legislators will vote on this ludicrous bill in the coming days or weeks.  This is a direct attack on workplace safety, families and communities.  For more click HERE