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Former Rep. Carly Melin lands union post

Carly Melin

Former state Rep. Carly Melin on Monday was named executive director of the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council.

It’s a new position for the umbrella labor group for more than 70,000 union members.

Melin “will provide leadership and carry out the directions of the State Building Trades Executive Board.”

"I am excited about moving the State Building Trades agenda forward. Relationships, opportunities and practical legislation will continue to be the mission of the Council,” Melin said in a statement.

A Hibbing native, Melin represented her hometown in the state House of Representatives from 2011 until 2017, including one term as Assistant Majority Leader. While in the House, Melin served on the Jobs and Economic Development Committee, the Capital Investment Committee, and the Mining Committee. During her tenure in the House, Melin championed many pieces of legislation aimed at improving the lives of working families, including those in the trades.

Melin practiced law in both the public and private sectors during and after her time in the legislature.

“We are excited to have Melin on board,” said Harry Melander, president of the State Building

Trades. “She brings legislative experience to the table, with that unique Iron Range edge.”

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