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Initiative aimed at wooing workers to western ND

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Job fairs are being held in eight North Dakota cities and four South Dakota cities to woo workers to the western North Dakota oil fields.

The events are part of an initiative launched by Dakota Construction Careers. The coalition of six labor unions has launched a campaign to recruit construction workers and people wanting to learn building trades.

Brian Aske with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 says companies are ''running out of people for jobs.''

Rapid City, S.D., construction company owner Andy Scull says there's a growing need for schools, hospitals, recreation centers and government buildings in western North Dakota. He opened an office in Dickinson two years ago that employs 50 workers, and says he could easily hire another 50.