Local 563 will always stand with our brothers & sisters who serve in the military. We condemn in the strongest terms possible the treatment that our MN National Guard members (who are volunteer citizen soldiers) received last night from non-building trades affiliate members. Effective immediately Local 563 has disaffiliated and resigned our position on the executive board of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, an arm of the AFL-CIO. Local 563 will not spend one more dollar of our members money supporting an organization that includes within their rank’s other union organizations (non-building trades) who feel it is acceptable to treat our MN National Guard with such contempt and disrespect.


Statement from the Minnesota Building Trades on the National Guard Leaving the St. Paul Labor Center

April 16, 2021 (St. Paul, MN) – The Minnesota Building Trades issued this statement following the National Guard leaving the St. Paul Labor Center Building on Wednesday evening.

“The National Guard was called to duty by Governor Tim Walz to keep our communities safe, following civil unrest after the death of Daunte Wright. Leaders of the St. Paul Labor Center offered its building as a place of rest and preparation as the Guard worked to protect the community.

“All Minnesotans deserve to feel safe in their community and the Building Trades supports the men and women of the National Guard — our friends and neighbors — who are serving to protect all Minnesotans no matter our race, where we live, and the work we do.

“It is unacceptable and disheartening that individual activists treated the Guard with disrespect while they waited at the St. Paul Labor Center for their next orders. It is embarrassing that the actions of a few independent actors caused the Guard to leave the Labor Center out of an abundance of caution.

“The Building Trades reject the animosity expressed against the National Guard, of which many guards are members of the Building Trades. We support the National Guard and our fellow Minnesotans who serve in it and the job they have been asked to do to protect Minnesota’s communities.

“As people across our state grieve and march in protest, we call on our fellow Minnesotans — across the labor movement, from different communities across the region and racial backgrounds — to uphold respect and peace for protestors and protectors of the community.”