To become a member in good standing of Construction & General Laborers' Local 563 it is first necessary to secure employment as a laborer with a contractor that is signatory to a current Laborers' Agreement. To view contractors signatory with the Laborers', go to www.mnlecet.org. This website is designed to allow you to search by contractor name or type of work. Once you have been hired with a union contractor, you can work for eight (8) days before contacting the Laborers' Union. At that time, a Business Representative will visit you on the jobsite to sign you up as a member of the Union.
All new members are signed up as a Level 1 Apprentice. The hourly rate under the Collective Bargaining Agreement for a Level 1 Apprentice is 80% of a Journeyworker. Apprentices are required to take the necessary training classes at our Training Facility in Lino Lakes. Pay scales rise according to work and training hours until a member reaches full Journeyworker status.
Members must provide their own transportation, hard hats, protective footwear, etc. Monthly union meetings are held at the union hall to provide information and answer questions. Dues must be current to attend monthly membership meetings.
Members in good standing are also free to use the facilities at the Laborers' Training Center to make sure skills are up to date. Training is free as long as dues are current. Fringe benefits are paid by the employer towards pension and health/welfare benefits and are determined by the number of hours worked.
Feel free to contact us at (612) 781-6933 if you should have further questions or concerns.