Letter to the editor: Union workforce building Lake Connections fiber network
By: From Craig Olson, President, Duluth Building Trades Council, Lake County News Chronicle
I was proud to see that Frontier Communications was saluting labor and its partnership with IBEW 949, in the Aug. 30 issue of the Chronicle. It was great timing for Labor Day.
I would like to state that my home internet provider is Frontier but as I read the article, I noticed it was an advertisement paid by Frontier, and not all facts were correct!
I remember the day we all gathered on the steps of the Lake County Court House in Two Harbors for the press release. The broadband project was a go and all the local dignitaries, community members, congressman, senators and labor were there.
A comment was made that this new fiber network would be faster than what was available to our politicians in their Washington, D.C. offices. What a great accomplishment by so many. Thank you all for bringing it to the region.
Labor was there thanks to our Lake County commissioners who had the courage to make sure this project would be built by union labor and by local people, and that itincluded a project labor agreement in the bid documents with the Duluth Building & Construction Trades Council. The council represents 17 construction trade unions in the arrowhead region, and several thousand families that rely on construction as their livelihoods.
This project is employing union workers. Lake Connections and Rohl Networks have had several meetings with area union labor leaders to make certain that things are right, and I can say they have been great to work with.
Let us never forget the great sacrifices, including loss of life, made by our ancestors who formed labor unions dating back to the late 1800s.
Today we are proud of the blue collar life we live, the 40-hour work week, health insurance, pensions and the list goes on. Thank you, labor!