Endorsements

Boilermakers Local 647

Located in Ramsey, Minnesota, Boilermakers Local #647, has proudly served Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota since its founding in 1936. Local #647 is a construction lodge of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers.

As a union we believe strongly in the education and training of our members both in our apprenticeship program and continuing journeyman education. As times and technologies change, our union as a whole must change with them. Member training and education are the key to our adaptability . We continue our strong support for unionism and the protection of individual members, but we add to this a serious effort to make our union able to adapt and compete in fluctuating job markets for decades to come. It is our aim to both faithfully serve our members along with the needs of our contractors and customers.

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Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) is a Division of the Rail Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). The BLET is the senior national labor organization in the United States and also North America's oldest rail labor union. The BLET is marking its 150th anniversary in 2013 and was founded in Marshall, Mich. on May 8, 1863, as the Brotherhood of the Footboard; a year later, its name was changed to The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. The BLE merged with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and became the BLET on January 1, 2004.

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North Dakota AFL-CIO

We are one of nearly 500 state and local labor councils of the AFL-CIO and are the heart of the labor movement. We are democratically elected bodies dedicated to represent the interests of working people in North Dakota at the state and local level. We mobilize our members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and we strive daily to vanquish oppression and make our communities better for all people—regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin.

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North Dakota United

North Dakota United (NDU) is an organization created by the merger of the North Dakota Education Association (NDEA) and the North Dakota Public Employees Association (NDPEA). The Representative Assemblies of both organizations voted overwhelmingly in February 2013 for the merger.

All of the members of our union work together to provide public education and public services to every citizen of North Dakota. Our membership includes K-12 teachers, education support professionals, higher education faculty and staff, state, county and municipal employees, as well as students and retired workers. The tie that binds our 11,000 members together is a shared commitment to the improvement of the economic and professional well-being of public workers, as well as a dedication to public service and to the improvement of the lives of the North Dakota citizens we serve.

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