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Labor Division Spring Meeting 2024
March 7-9
Omni Providence Hotel, Rhode Island 

Building Strong Communities

On June 8, at the 2023 Labor Division spring meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ray Paige, IBT Local 1150, and Rick Martagon of Building Strong Communities, presented at an educational session on expanding apprenticeship programs.

Building Strong Communities is a multitrade apprenticeship readiness program that connects women, minorities and veterans with building and construction trade careers. BSC provides knowledge and skills needed to enter a union-registered apprenticeship program. In 2024 and 2025, as part of a partnership with BSC, union construction trades and North Hennepin College in Minnesota, students can earn 4 college credits while attending an apprenticeship readiness program. Courses include interpersonal skills and foundational construction math. Graduation coincides with start of 2024-25 construction seasons. Learn more about the program.

These organizations also are active in promoting construction trades in Minnesota:

● Construction Careers Foundation
Construct Tomorrow

Building Strong Communities graduation 2023

Meet the Labor Division Leadership Team

Bob Stone - Labor Division Vice Chair

Bob Stone
IBEW Local 2150
Labor Division Chair

Keith Prendergast
Safety Manager, A. Murphy Inc., Local 103
IBEW Safety Committee
Labor Division Vice Chair

Travis M. Parsons - Labor Division Vice President for Labor

Travis M. Parsons
Associate Director of Occupational Safety and Health, Laborers Health & Safety Fund of North America
Labor Division Vice President for Labor

Paul Cheney - Labor Division Chair

Paul Chaney
Safety Director IBEW Local 82
Labor Division Secretary

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