Local 1097


Chartered on April 3, 1947, by the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), LIUNA Local 1097 is based in Virginia and led by Business Manager Shawn Braford.

About  Local 1097

The local is responsible for:

  • 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 1097 is governed by an Executive Board and serves nearly 1,000 members and active retirees and their families across the Iron Range and Northern Minnesota.

Local 1097 members perform the following work: Highway heavy, building construction, demolition, restoration, construction supervision, pipeline construction & maintenance, environmental remediation, and landscape/erosion control.

Local 1097 members are proud of their work on Clay Boswell retrofit projects, Gene Dillon School, the Highway 53 bridge connecting Eveleth and Virginia, Kennedy Bridge connecting Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, and local schools.

Local 1097 supports a variety of organizations and causes.

Monthly meetings in odd months are held at the IBEW Local 160 Office, 300 SE 17th Street, Grand Rapids, 55744, and in even months at the LIUNA Local 1097 Office, 712 4th Street N, Virginia, 55792

U.S. Steel building new direct-reduced iron facility within Keewatin operations

U.S. Steel building new direct-reduced iron facility within Keewatin operations. Photo: Star Tribune

Local 1097 Contact Information
Office Address
LIUNA Local 1097 Office
712 4th Street N
55792 Virginia , MN
Business Manager
Shawn Braford
Phone Number


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. 

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Local 1097 News & Updates

It’s Time for the Biden Administration to Walk the Talk on Domestic Mining of Critical Minerals

Saint Paul, MN – In response to the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to revoke the NewRange Copper Nickel section 404 water permit, Joel Smith, President and Business Manager of LIUNA...

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Most Pro-Job, Pro-Working Family Legislative Session in Minnesota History

Minnesota’s Infrastructure Union: Thank You for the Most Pro-Job, Pro-Working Family Legislative Session in Minnesota History Saint Paul, MN – As the 2023 Legislative Session comes to an end today,...

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Federal Mineral Withdrawal Threatens Climate Progress

Jan 26, 2023 Saint Paul, MN – In a statement today, LIUNA Minnesota and North Dakota leaders responded to the Biden Administration’s decision to move forward with a moratorium on copper nickel...

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Pro-Worker Candidates Backed by LIUNA MN Statewide Digital Program

SAINT PAUL — LIUNA Minnesota and North Dakota today announced a statewide mail and digital advertising campaign to reach nearly one million Minnesota voters. The program supports Governor Tim Walz,...

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