Who We Are

LECET works with LIUNA Minnesota and North Dakota to give LIUNA and signatory contractors the competitive advantage to win projects and jobs.

Who We Are


The Laborers – Employers Cooperation & Education Trust (LECET) of Minnesota and North Dakota was created in 1992 as a non – profit joint labor management cooperation organization affiliated with LIUNA Minnesota / North Dakota. LECET aims to promote and improve opportunities for Union construction while addressing a number of initiatives that are of mutual benefit to both signatory Union contractors and skilled construction craft LIUNA members (Laborers Union members).  2022 marks 30 years of promoting LIUNA, LIUNA’s Signatory Contractors and opportunities in the construction industry!

LECET VALUE ADDED SERVICES:  LECET Safety Driven Program •   LECET Safety Seminars • LECET Scholarship Program • Open Houses & Events • Networking Opportunities • LIUNA Career Promotion  • Marketing and Advertising Efforts • Industry Communications • Tracking Construction Projects & Jobs in all Markets



What's New


LIUNA Minnesota and our Local Unions and Training Center are accepting non-perishable food items through December 18, 2023.
To Financially donate on line, visit: https://www.givemn.org/story/F9hsbf


2024 Safety Seminars Announced

Join Us at one of our 2024 LECET Safety Seminars!
Free Lunch and Certificate of Attendance Included.

We have another great series planned with timely topics on: Chop Saw Safety, New Worker Engagement and Focus Four on Worker Health!

Jan 25, 2024 – Lino Lakes MN
Feb 7, 2024 – Rochester MN
Feb 13, 2024 – Duluth MN
Mar 15, 2024 – Lino Lakes MN in conjunction with the Annual Contractor Open House and Safety Driven Awards Ceremony*
*Also includes a mini Safety Vendor trade show!

More Info: F‌inal LECET Safety Seminars 2024

2024 Safety Seminars Announced

Laborers Family FUN-Raiser Surpasses $400,000 for Charities

Minnesota LECET & LIUNA MINNESOTA & NORTH DAKOTA, with the support of LIUNA Local Union Affiliates, LIUNA members and friends of LIUNA raised another $30,000 for charities at the 2023 Laborers Family FUN-Raiser event, August 16, 2023 at Como Regional Park in St. Paul. The charitable earnings helped the organizations eclipse over $400,000 in charitable giving since 2004 for Ronald McDonald House – Upper Midwest and the Laborers Charitable Foundation, Washington DC.

If you are a member or individual and would like to donate next year, please contact us:
Phone: (651) 653-9776 : info@mnlecet.org
LIUNA Minnesota & North Dakota
81 East Little Canada Road
St. Paul, MN 55117

LECET & LIUNA are proud to support our communities through these charities.
Thank you all for your support!

Laborers Family FUN-Raiser Surpasses $400,000 for Charities



NOTE: The job board changes monthly. Please bookmark and save this site and check it often.
If you want more information, contact the Laborers Local Union Hall in your area.

*The LIUNA Build the North Jobs Board is a representation of job opportunities we are aware of through contractor communication and industry information at the current time and changes are frequent. Candidates are referred to Union Contractors, who do all hiring. For more information on Signatory Union Contractors with LIUNA Minnesota & North Dakota, visit our On-Line Union Contractor Directory: www.LiunaContractorsMNND.org

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North Dakota and Minnesota Locals

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Contact Information

LIUNA Laborers Union Local 563 Joe Fowler , Business Manager Minneapolis Union Hall, 901 14th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
LIUNA Laborers Union Local 1091 Dan Olson , Business Manager Duluth Labor Temple, Hall A 2002 London Road 55812 Duluth , MN
LIUNA Laborers Union Local 405 Sheldon Steele , Business Manager 1848 2nd Avenue SE, 55904 Rochester, MN
LIUNA Laborers Union Local 1097 Shawn Braford , Business Manager 712 4th St N, Virginia, MN 55792
LIUNA Laborers Union Local 363 AJ Lange , Business Manager 312 Central Avenue SE 55414 Minneapolis , MN
LIUNA Laborers Union Local 563 - Bismarck, ND 58504 Joe Fowler , Business Manager 2210 E. Broadway Ave., Bismarck, ND
LIUNA Laborers Union Local 563 - Fargo, ND Nick Slavicek , Director of LIUNA North Dakota 3002 1st Ave. North, Fargo, ND 58102

What We Do

Minnesota LECET mission is to promote the many benefits of Union construction while addressing issues that are of mutual benefit and concern to both signatory Union contractors and LIUNA members.

Minnesota & North Dakota LIUNA
Minnesota & North Dakota LIUNA

Chartered in 1968 by the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), LIUNA Minnesota & North Dakota (Laborers District Council of MN & ND), is based in St. Paul. The District Council is governed by an Executive Board and Delegate Assembly serving LIUNA members and retirees of five Local Unions in Minnesota & North Dakota: LIUNA Local 363 (Public Employees in Mpls, St. Paul and other locations in Minnesota);  LIUNA Local 405 (Rochester, Red Wing, Winona & Austin);  LIUNA Local 563 (Twin Cities Metro, Mankato, Saint Cloud, Western MN & North Dakota);  LIUNA Local 1091 (Duluth and Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas Counties in NW Wisconsin) and LIUNA Local 1097 (Virginia – iron range, Bemidji and NW Minnesota).  Shown here: https://liunaminnesota.org/locals

Market Expansion Program for Union Contractors
Market Expansion Program for Union Contractors

MEP Brochure For Signatory Union Contractors

LECET provides FREE resources to track & expand market opportunities for LIUNA and signatory Union contractors through our Market Expansion Program for Contractors (MEP).

The LECET Market Expansion Program is a unique project lead service, designed by LECET for LIUNA signatory contractors. MEP primarily tracks public construction opportunities in the commercial building and heavy/highway construction markets per the contractors business development goals. For other markets including industrial project leads, large scale construction opportunities and all energy industry related markets contact LECET.

Safety Driven Program
Safety Driven Program

2023 LECET Safety Driven Program Rules and Forms:

2023 LECET Safety Driven Official Program Rules: 2023 LECET Safety Driven Official Program Rules

Quarterly Awards Program: Laborers Quarterly Nomination Form SD-2

Laborers Annual Award Program: 2023 Laborers Annual Award Nomination Form SD-3.doc

Safety Driven Contractor Annual Award Program: 2023 Contractor Awards Application Form SD-4

Contractor Enrollment Form: Contractor Enrollment Form SD-1

LECET Safety Driven Golf Classic: 

Save the Date – July 9, 2024 at Keller Golf Course, St. Paul, MN

Minnesota LECET started the Safety Driven Program in 2007 as a way to recognize both Laborers Union (LIUNA) members and Signatory Union Contractors for their safe work record and proactive approach in improving overall safety. The program includes our Safety Seminar Series for Union Contractor employer representatives to gain additional knowledge on current topics related to construction site safety and member / worker health.

Interested in Joining us at the 2024 LECET Safety Driven Golf Classic?  Contact us at info@mnlecet.org.


Academic Scholarship / Leadership Grant Program
Academic Scholarship / Leadership Grant Program

The future of the construction industry belongs to those who want to go and get it. The Minnesota LECET Academic Scholarship and Leadership Grant program helps eligible candidates advance in the construction industry through this specialized financial assistance program. For eligibility, visit the official program rules per each application or contact Minnesota LECET: info@mnlecet.org  (651) 429-1600

Financial assistance is available only to current LIUNA MN & ND members and their immediate family members in the construction trades industry and to representatives / interns working for signatory Union Contractor’s of LIUNA Minnesota and North Dakota.

2024 Minnesota LECET Academic Scholarship Program: Available in early 2024 (Check back here)

2024 Minnesota LECET Leadership Grant Program: Available in early 2024 (Check back here)

SAFETY DRIVEN PROGRAM Since 2007 LECET has recognized over 1,500 skilled construction craft LIUNA members and  over 200 signatory Union contractor employers for safe work efforts through our Safety Driven Program. The program has built a platform for contractors to network and share best practices, which is raising the bar for safety in the Great Lakes Region. Participation is free for signatory Union contractor employers with all awards provided by Minnesota LECET.

LECET’s SAFETY SEMINAR SERIES is an educational program for Union Contractor representatives covering a myriad of topics such as: OSHA requirements and updates, new worker safety or equipment requirements, best practices (job hazard analysis, near miss logs and more), worker health measures (reducing silica exposure and improving compliance, worker mental health, worksite health initiatives and more). The seminars are free to Union Contractor representatives, with lunch included at locations state-wide in Minnesota. The 2024 series will be mailed to Union contractors, but check this website or contact Minnesota LECET for more information.

Minnesota LECET: (651) 429-1600  info@mnlecet.org

Safety Driven Program Rules: 2023 LECET Safety Driven Official Program Rules

Safety Seminar Series: LECET Safety Seminars 2023 Final








Working closely with LIUNA Minnesota and the Minnesota State Building & Construction Trades Council,  Fair Contracting Foundation of Minnesota continually monitors and works on issues of mutual concern to the Union Construction industry that affect both Union construction workers and Signatory Union Contractors in Minnesota.   <Click Here to Connect with FCF>




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Minnesota LECET | LIUNA Minnesota & North Dakota

81 East Little Canada Road, St. Paul, MN 55318

Phone:     651-429-1600
Email:       info@mnlecet.org
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