Union to help fund Riverside rehab

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 23, 2011 - 7:37 PM

With the goal of creating jobs, an AFL-CIO trust fund is putting $50 million into a makeover for the huge West Bank housing complex.

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tiredretiredFeb. 23, 11 9:13 AM

Smart investment. It will generate jobs. That's what we need.

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thatsmeFeb. 23, 11 9:18 AM

Well they certainly have the cash. And they're always harping about not having enough. Plus their image is suffering in light of recent events and people finding out how much more money union workers make compared to the private sector. They better start throwing it around on something good instead of using it for election payola.

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urbanscowlFeb. 23, 11 9:23 AM

So that's where all the dues goes!

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midroad430Feb. 23, 11 9:55 AM

Where does the story say anything about dues money? It is investing pension money into the project, just so happens to be a union related pension. It is amazing how people read their own prejudices into stories and show their ignorance.

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achardingFeb. 23, 1110:01 AM

Long Overdue. Finally a fix to the largest of several Rapson EYESORES in the Twin Cities. At the planned $100,000 per unit, why don't they just tear down and build new facility? Some unusual logic. Hopefully no one is being fooled that there is any shred of architectural integrity/significance to the buildings, because there is NONE.

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ClancyFeb. 23, 1110:15 AM

thatsme: not every union is public service. This is money that the members decided to set aside for things like this. The PAC money comes from a different source,and they feel the need to do this against the corporate PAC's

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nickofmnFeb. 23, 1110:32 AM

What's so controversial about this? They're making an investment, and a good one to boot. This is going to make money for themselves. Capitalism for the win!

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mcdonmFeb. 23, 1110:36 AM

With the new makeover, does that mean I can't call them the "Crack Stacks" anymore?

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brokenglassFeb. 23, 1110:54 AM

What a dump. Once the rehab is done, I expect the elevators will again reek of urine in five days.

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enddiversityFeb. 23, 1111:29 AM

Spending 100000 per unit for renovation seems pricey. Could the reporter maybe found out whether this is the norm? Being Unions own politicians, tax payers will end up bailing out poor investments, so it be nice to know how crazy this scheme is.

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