Chartered on March 11, 1971, by the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), LIUNA Local 563 is based in Minneapolis and led by Business Manager Joe Fowler. 

About LIUNA Laborers Local 563


LIUNA Local 563 members work in the construction industry across Minnesota and North Dakota, building roads and bridges, schools, hospitals and energy systems, from the Viking Stadium in Minneapolis to the Enbridge Pipeline in North Dakota.

Local 563 has local offices in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Mankato, and Bismarck, North Dakota where members can access job referrals and contractors can request trained and skilled workers. You can also access your own membership information at

The local is responsible for:

  • Negotiating and enforcing rights under collective bargaining agreements
  • Assisting members in finding employment through its referral service or hiring hall
  • Providing apprenticeship and training programs
  • Enforcing legal rights, such as those extended to workers under the National Labor Relations Act
  • Promoting job safety as guaranteed under OSHA
  • Protecting against discrimination in employment by enforcing both contract rights and legal rights such as those found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act

Local 563 also supports various organizations and causes including Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Serving Our Troops, Helmets to Hard Hats, Hockey Day MN, and more. 


Construction Worker drilling into the street


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Local 563 Main Office Contact & Local Meetings

Main Office Address

LIUNA Local 563 Office
901 14th Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Business Manager
Joe Fowler
Phone Number
Local 563 Metro membership meetings are every 1st Monday of the month at 6:00 PM, except the September meeting.
  • Monday, January 18
  • Monday, February 5
  • Monday, March 4
  • Monday, April 1
  • Monday, May 6
  • Monday, June 3
  • Monday, July 1
  • Monday, August 5
  • Monday, September 8
  • Monday, October 7
  • Monday, November 4
  • Monday, December 2
St. Cloud Office Contact Information
Office Address
421 Great Oak Drive
Waite Park, MN 56387
Phone Number
LIUNA Local 563 St. Cloud membership meetings are every 1st Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM.
  • Thursday, January 11
  • Thursday, February 1
  • Thursday, March 7
  • Thursday, April 4
  • Thursday, May 2
  • Thursday, June 6
  • Thursday, July 11
  • Thursday, August 1
  • Thursday, September 5
  • Thursday, October 3
  • Thursday, November 7
  • Thursday, December 5
Mankato Office Contact Information
Office Address
1704 N Riverfront Drive
Suite 2 ~ Lower Level
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone Number
North Dakota Office Contact Information
 Office Address
2210 E Broadway Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone Number

Leadership & Staff

The general membership elects Local 563 officers to serve three-year terms. Local 563 Business Manager Joe Fowler is a 23-year member who is currently serving his second term. Dan Brady is a 27-year member who is serving his first term.

Local 563 Business Agents monitor construction projects, sign up new members, address problems on the job, and assist signatory contractors working in their respective areas.

563 Staff



Joe Fowler - Business Manager

Dan Brady - Financial Secretary ~ Treasurer

Laurie Johnson - President

Dean Mills - Vice President

Todd Mutch - Recording Secretary

Mark Asher - Executive Board

Octavio Chung - Executive Board

Carly Wordelman - Auditor

Kory Kreager - Auditor

Gwendolyn Cook - Auditor

Kris Klein - Sargeant-At-Arms

Business Agents/ Representatives

Sterling Sanders- Job Dispatcher

Keith Petersen - Assistant Business Manager

Kim Schrupp - Contractor Relations & Workforce Coordinator

Steve Johnson - Local 563 Organizer ~ Recruitment/Retention/Mentorship

Seth Taylor - South Metro

Eric Engstrom - SW Metro

Troy Cox - Downtown Mpls ~ U of M ~ Mpls School District

Carrie Roth - North Metro

Marcelo Alarcon - NW Metro

Travis Strozyk - East Metro ~ Downtown St. Paul

Ozzy Judge - NE Metro

Craig Edstrom - SE Metro

Chris Peltier - St. Paul School District ~ Distribution

Stacey Karels - Mankato

Todd Sorter - Southwestern MN

Steve Zupon - St. Cloud ~ Western MN

Randy Oelschlager - Brainerd

Cory Bryson - North Dakota

Nick Slavicek - Director of ND ~ Fargo/Moorhead BA


As an eligible participant in the MN Laborers Health Fund, mental health resources are available to LIUNA Local 563 members and your eligible family members. You don't have to face your troubles alone, no matter how big or small. Help is readily available to support you through any challenges you may be facing. 

Learn More About LIUNA EAP Programs and Mental Health Resources

News & Updates

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