Member Benefits

We are proud to use our collective power to negotiate and partner with our signatory contractors to provide the best member benefits in the building and construction trades. Together, we enhance worker skills, promote workplace safety and job and career opportunities for a diverse workforce. LIUNA members earn a fair return on work, family-supporting wages, affordable healthcare and retirement security, so we can provide for and have time to spend with our families.


A key goal of LIUNA Training is to develop and facilitate Construction Craft Laborer training that will enhance LIUNA members' skills, promote workplace safety, offer job and career opportunities for a diverse workforce, and enable members to obtain and maintain employment that provides family-supporting wages and benefits. This is accomplished by offering an extensive curriculum of courses throughout the year. Training coincides with the construction industry’s schedule and offers the majority of its courses between November and April. Day courses are offered year-round.

Courses are conducted in our beautiful 44,000 square foot facility in Lino Lakes, Minnesota. The training center consists of classrooms, meeting rooms, a welding area, three 6,000 square foot hands-on training bays and administrative offices. Our instructors are highly qualified and certified to offer a full range of course. Our facility is recognized as an authorized provider of industry specific courses by the Asbestos Abatement Unit of the Minnesota Department of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Our facilities’ enrollment capacity permits up to 150 trainees per week in various construction, environmental and safety skills courses. We offer this training as a benefit to LIUNA members and signatory contractors. Our goal is to create opportunities by educating and training skilled Construction Craft Laborers.


We take great pride in the Construction Craft Laborers’ Apprenticeship Program. The Apprenticeship Program is a mandatory, state regulated program that has been designed for the benefit of both LIUNA members and our signatory contractors. The knowledge and skills of our certified instructors, obtained through continuing education, are passed on to apprentices. The courses are designed to make LIUNA members safer and more productive and to give members an opportunity to grow in knowledge and skill level through classroom and on-the-job training.

To become an apprentice in the Laborers’ Apprenticeship Program you must first obtain employment with one of our signatory contractors. Click this link to the Minnesota Laborers-Employers Cooperation & Education Trust (LECET) searchable union contractor directory:

Apprenticeship Requirements:

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • May be required to pass a drug test
  • Need to have a good attitude and be willing to learn
  • Need to understand the importance of punctuality and good attendance
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Provide a resume with your past work history and references
  • Dress appropriately as you would for work on a construction site
  • Upon beginning work for an Employer, join LIUNA and maintain membership in good standing
  • Attend Apprentice/New Member Orientation (Meetings are held the third Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the LIUNA Training Center) and regularly attend Local union meetings
  • Must compete 288 hours of training and 4,000 work hours over a three-year period
  • Must complete at least 100 hours of training per year.

Levels of Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Level Training Hours Work Hours % of Class 1 Journeyworker Wage
Level 1 0-100 0-1,500 80%
Level 2 101-200 1,501-3,000 87%
Level 3 201-288 3,001-4,000


Course Times




Skills & Safety Training 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.   Evening courses available year round 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Environmental Training 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Refresher courses)  
Asbestos & Lead Training 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Refresher courses) All asbestos & lead classes require registration through your Local union

Plan ahead to register for training early. Click here for more LIUNA Training Center information, including course descriptions and the 2018 training schedule.

For more information, including course descriptions and training schedules, please visit or contact the LIUNA Training Center at 651-653-6710/888-758-6466 or the Apprenticeship phone at 651-762-8235.


Freedom to Prosper: Wages, Safety, Healthcare & Retirement

LIUNA members value our freedom. Real freedom is about more than making a living; it's about having time to take a loved one to the doctor, attend a conference at our kids' school and retire in dignity. We are proud to use our collective power to negotiate a fair return on work and protect things our families need, like family-supporting wages, affordable healthcare, and retirement security. Standing together, we must protect our freedom to join together in union and fight for our freedom to prosper. 

Everyone deserves to work in a safe environment. For LIUNA members, ensuring that you work on safe jobsites and that you and your family have the best health care possible have always been key concerns for your union. Safe and healthy worksites reduce injuries and illness and prevent accidental deaths, benefitting both labor and management. Strong health programs help you and your family live better lives. To achieve these goals, LIUNA and our signatory contractors established the Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA).

The LHSFNA provides assistance to you, your leaders, your employers and your health fund. When requested by Local Unions and management, staff members conduct worksite visits to identify hazards, solve specific problems, assist in the establishment of site safety programs and committees and address OSHA compliance issues. The LHSFNA identifies and develops prevention strategies for long-term health risks before they become problems for LIUNA members and their families, and works with health and welfare funds to improve health benefits and control healthcare costs. Staff works with LIUNA Training Center to develop safety training programs covering a wide range of safety concerns.,

For more information about LIUNA Minnesota & North Dakota’s wage, healthcare and retirement benefits, please contact Zenith Administrators at 651-256-1800/800-814-4240 or [email protected]