The Construction Alliance of Northern Minnesota are three separate geographic partnerships between local construction companies and local construction unions, and are dedicated to business development of projects using union labor and promotion and developing local workforce development.
Each committee values the excellent relationship that it has emerged between contractor representatives and union representatives. It is rare that labor issues arise, but when they do, they can be handled quickly and amicably due to the rapport that has been built at regular Construction Alliance meetings.
Together, the members of each alliance committee work to communicate how the value that a union workforce delivers to a contractor is passed to an end construction user.Through advertising, press releases, and correspondence with elected officials, the alliance committees carry the message that union contractors and their employees provide the highest quality in the construction industry, completing projects with the most productive, best trained workers in the industry at a competitive cost.
The Twin Ports Construction Alliance is active in the Duluth-Superior area and was established in 1988. Quarterly lunch meetings are held at various venues in the area. Recent noteworthy projects have included a series of advertisements in the Duluth Labor World newspaper, participation in “Duluth Days” at the Capitol, and a television advertisement.
The Iron Range Construction Alliance was established in 2003 and meets bi-monthly in Chisholm. Members are active in the construction industry throughout Northeastern Minnesota’s Iron Range. The committee often invites guest speakers to its meetings, and has engaged several local elected officials in dialog over the past year or two. Like the Twin Ports Committee, it is also active in industry promotion efforts and recently ran a television advertisement.
The Northwest Minnesota Construction Alliance was established in 2008 and meets bi monthly in Bemidji. The committee focuses on the benefits of prevailing wages and promotionalopportunities.