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Local 1091 Celebrates 80 Years of Building in the Twin Ports

June 14, 2017 08:57 AM

From the Duluth International Airport to the new Pier B Resort on the waterfront, members of Local 1091 have made their mark on the Twin Ports. Thursday, you can help them celebrate 80 years of building. 

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The union got its start in the Twin Ports in 1937, at the end of the Great Depression.

“This area, with the Great Lakes and everything, found the need to have organized workers – look for healthcare, look for pensions, and look for safety in the industry - and joining a union was the way to do that," explained Dan Olson, the business manager for Local 1091. 

They currently have over 1,000 members. Most recently, they've helped build Pier B Resort and the new maurices headquarters in downtown Duluth. They also built AMSOIL Arena, the local hospitals, buildings at UWS and UMD, and Duluth International Airport - to name a few.

In addition to building many of the structures we know as staples in Duluth and Superior, five years ago, Local 1091 members did a lot of infrastructure work following the June 2012 floods.

“We do a lot of road work, a lot of building work, do asbestos work, we are heavily involved in the pipeline work that has been in and around our area for the 40 or 50 years,” added Olson.

The public is invited to help community leaders and union members celebrate their hard 80 years of work, Thursday, June 15, at the Duluth Labor Temple on London Road. Local 1091 is hosting a barbeque and open house 12:00-6:00 p.m. You can find more information here


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