Civic Engagement


The virtual DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner event will be live tonight starting at 5:30 pm. Members are invited to watch on the live stream at
In addition to a keynote address by Senator Kamala Harris, the main event will feature speeches from Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith, Elizabeth Warren, and Gov. Tim Walz.

Unions Defeat IRAPs for the Construction Industry

On March 11, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) published the final rule on “Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs” (IRAPs). The final rule addresses many of the concerns raised by BAC in our opposition to IRAPs. Most importantly, the final rule exempts the construction industry from the IRAP system, and further this permanent exemption does not sunset.

BAC, in conjunction with the National Building Trades, worked on a coordinated campaign to ensure that the Trump Administration was aware of the serious concerns that construction workers had regarding the threat IRAPs posed to the Registered Apprenticeship system. Ultimately, this collaborative effort produced over 300,000 comments to DOL that played a large part in ensuring that the final rule recognized the value that union construction apprenticeship programs bring to our industry, and society at large. The Executive Board wants to thank all those local leaders and members that took the time to file comments with DOL in opposition to the misguided effort that sought to disrupt the apprenticeship system that generations of BAC members relied upon.

While we were successful at influencing the final IRAP rule, we must remain vigilant. The IRAP model creates a parallel training system using the term “Apprenticeship,” but with few standards and no meaningful oversight. We do not doubt that the ABC and other anti-union forces will continue their efforts to expand the misguided IRAP system wherever, and whenever, possible. Accordingly, we must be prepared to make our voices heard when necessary.

As the 2020 elections approach, we must work hard to ensure that politicians seeking our support are equally supportive of the programs and priorities established by unions that provide our members the services and voice in their work life that they rightfully expect.

Thank you again for your commitment to this fight.


Tim Driscoll, President, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers


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Running Aces and Grandstay Hospitality have hired Truline Construction and a shameful list of low road sub-contractors to build their new hotel.  PDF icon Look over the flyer here to learn how you can make a difference.  Let your voice be heard!


The North Dakota AFL-CIO endorsed the North Dakota anti-corruption ballot initiative, Measure 1, which would make government more open and transparent when it comes to money in politics. North Dakota members should look over this flyer to learn more about Measure 1 and how your vote matters in this issue. 


Enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1931, the Davis-Bacon Act has been vital in protecting prevailing wages on federal projects in local areas and promoting high standards for the good of construction workers and their communities. State prevailing wage laws (also known as “little Davis-Bacon acts) provide similar protections on state funded projects. These laws help ensure that construction workers, including BAC members, are paid fair wages.

A wage rate is considered prevailing if more than 50 percent of the workers in a single classification are paid at the same rate. If, for example, 50 percent plus (+) one (1) of the bricklayers included in the survey were paid the BAC wage rate, then this would become the Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage.

Protecting federal, state and local prevailing wage laws from repeal or dilution by conservative opponents funded by non-union business interests is one of BAC’s highest legislative and political priorities.


So-called “right to work” laws – intentionally misnamed by a network of nonunion business interests that have championed their passage – are currently in effect in 24 states. A more accurate name for these measures is “right-to-work-for-less,” because in practice, they have lowered wages, reduced benefits, diminished jobsite safety, and do not guarantee any “rights” that are not already offered under federal law. The average worker in a right-to-work-for-less state earns roughly $5,333 a year less than a worker in free-bargaining states (1).

In addition, states with so-called “right-to-work” laws are:

- More likely to be uninsured
- More likely to have higher poverty and infant mortality rates
- Have a higher rate of workplace deaths - 36% higher than other states
- Spending $3,392 less per pupil in elementary and secondary education

The true goal of these laws isn’t workers’ rights, but busting the union contract. So-called “right to work” laws say unions must represent all eligible employees, whether they pay dues or not. Unions are forced to expend time and members’ dues money to provide union benefits to workers who pay nothing and get all the benefits of union membership.

(1) Average Annual Pay, 2001 from Bureau of Labor Statistics, State average annual pay for 2000 and 2001 and percent change in pay for all covered workers.