At a workforce development conference Monday, Senator Paul Wellstone called attention to the challenges of the current workforce development system, and discussed new approaches to lift working families out of poverty while increasing the number of qualified workers for employers seeking skilled labor.
The union held an open house at the facility last week. The building includes classrooms, a welding area and specialized training areas. The union currently has 230 students attending classes, a number that is expected to grow to 260 by November, said Rich Frahm, Local 512 business manager.
Workers are organizing through unions and other organizations to improve their lives. Union representation provides a voice on the job and the opportunity to improve wages, benefits and working conditions.