One of the toughest battles Bill Peterson ever waged was in the late 1980s when, as president of the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council, he took on Boise Cascade's plan to expand its paper plant in International Falls using BE&K, a notoriously anti-union contractor. Though the plant was built non-union, the Building Trades succeeded in rallying support for their cause from across the state. A highlight of the effort was a huge rally at the state Capitol on Sept. 16, 1989, attended by thousands. It was one of the largest events ever held at the Capitol. Peterson gave the keynote address. It is reprinted here in full.