BIT Thanks Workers At T3 Office in Minneapolis


(L to R)Bill McCarthy, President, Minnesota AFL-CIO; Dan McConnell, Business Manager, Minneapolis Building & Construction Trades Council; Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou, President, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation · AFL-CIO; and Harry Melander, President, Minnesota Building & Construction Trades Council.

Minneapolis, MN – (May 20, 2016) The AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT) hosted an event to thank the workers at what is to be one of the largest wooden frame buildings in North America. The office building in the North Loop section of Minneapolis, named T3, is being built 100% union.

The worker appreciation event was held in conjunction with the Minneapolis Building & Construction Trades Minnesota AFL-CIO, the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, the Minnesota Building & Construction Trades Council, and the Minnesota AFL-CIO.

“We’re finally controlling our own pension funds, putting in the work for ourselves,” said Ray Waldron, AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation Advisory Board Member and the former president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO.



AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation Advisory Board Member and the former President of the Minnesota AFL-CIO, Ray Waldron, addresses the crowd.

President Waldron acted as the master of ceremonies for the event, which fed more than 100 of the men and women working to finish the office building. His statement echoed the sentiments of the other speakers of the day.


Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou, President, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation - AFL-CIO addresses the workers at the T3 office building in Minneapolis. 

“We represent all union workers and all members in every industry and every trade. It’s just so heartening to see how much support everyone puts into what they’re doing,” said Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou, president of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation. She added, “In this case it’s not just using your pension funds to invest in this building, but also the construction of this building, and then the retail that will go into this space.”


Dan McConnel, Business Manager, Minneapolis Building & Construction Trades Council addresses the workers at the T3 office building in Minneapolis. 

“I’m always amazed at the projects that our members can build,” said Dan McConnell, Business Manager of the Minneapolis Building & Construction Trades Council. McConnell added, “More importantly, we’ve proven that we can be more cost effective while we build better.”



Harry Melander, President, Minnesota Building & Construction Trades Council addresses the workers at the T3 office building in Minneapolis. 

“The reason they hire us is because of the work that you do,” Harry Melander, president of the Minnesota Building & Construction Trades Council said as he addressed the workers at the construction site. “You go to any place in this country and they will talk about the level of skill of what we’re doing here. We truly are some of the best craftsmen in the world.”


Bill McCarthy, President, Minnesota AFL-CIO, addresses the workers at the T3 office building in Minneapolis. 

Bill McCarthy, president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO reminded the workers about what they are accomplishing.

“What you are doing here is really building a vibrant economy,” McCarthy said. He added, “Our union workers have shown time and time again that we can not only build with the latest technology, but it’s even more amazing how we’re taking our pension dollars to make this building.” 

One of the workers present at the luncheon, Scott Fischer (Pipefitters Local 539), had worked at the previously finished BIT project Dock Street, was amazed to find out that his own pension had helped him get that work.

“I have been contributing to our pension for over 21 years and one day our business manager came out to the site. I asked him why he was out here and he said ‘well did you know that you’re funding this thing?’ I was just so shocked but thrilled about the whole thing.”


Members of Pipefitters Local 539 (Scott Fischer, right) working on the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust’s project T3 in Minneapolis, MN.

For more photos of the Worker Appreciation, click HERE.