MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The U.S. Secretary of Labor came to Minneapolis Tuesday to see the new Vikings stadium.

Thomas E. Perez toured U.S. Bank Stadium with Sen. Al Franken, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and others who built the stadium.

The tour focused on the role apprentices played in the construction.

Nearly 39 percent of the workers were minorities, more than 9 percent were women, and 5 percent were veterans.

“Everybody should have access to opportunity,” Perez said. “Apprenticeship is the other college, except without the debt. What we’re seeing today — the enthusiasm and the body language and voice of all the people we had the privilege of meeting who worked on this building — is remarkable.”

The Labor Secretary even tossed the football around with Franken on the field.

Perez was also slated to stop Tuesday in Vadnais Heights to learn about the MGC Diagnostics workforce-training partnership.

Comments (4)
  1. Bud Smith says:

    The average Minnesotan and most of those who worked on the stadium will never be able to afford to go to a game.

    A stadium built with tax payer money for the elite to use.

    Sad but true.

    1. Tony Clifton says:

      Absolutely. Watching Al, and the other two goofing around on the video, struck a nerve.

  2. Tim says:

    Typical Democratic photo op BS. How many of the tradespersons are now unemployed? They will only be able to watch via TV set. This state is out of its mind but keeps signing up to spend BILLIONS on construction boon doggle projects that end up being subsidized by taxpayers.

    1. Dan Mack says:

      The elderly, blacks, and low income (who make up the disproportionate majority of smokers) were singled out By the DFL and Dayton to pay the State’s share. Mayor Betsy and the city council still have not figured out how they are going to pay for the 678 million they have committed to over the life of the lease, but with all black gangs they have encouraged to crib downtown, tourists will be flocking in for the excitement of being assaulted and robbed.