9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.

9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.

  The official number of deaths resulting from the infamous 9/11 Al-Qaeda attacks stands at...

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker's Worker Harming Days

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker’s Worker Harming Days

  The Medina, OH based RPM International, makers of Rust-Oleum and other specialty paints, has...

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules “Right-to-Work” Unconstitutional

  An Indiana Judge has ruled that the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional,...

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

  Six years after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick created the Joint Task Force on the...

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“When You Reason with Reasonable Republicans, They Will Support Working Family Issues.”

  Time and again the most extreme actors in the House of Representatives try to gut vital, decades-old wage protections, and time and again they are stopped. Such was the case earlier this month when 46 Republicans joined Democrats in voting against an amendment by Iowa looney bin stalwart Rep. Steve King which would have ...
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2014
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Groomin’ for the Boomin’: Apprenticeship Vital to British Columbian Energy Growth, Says Union Leader

  FACT: The British Columbian economy is booming thanks to liquified natural gas (LNG). FACT: The necessary infrastructure to capitalize on the boom means thousands of opportunities for the region’s workers to begin careers in the building trades. OPINION: Union apprenticeships are vital to adequately supporting this growth. In a recent...
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2014
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Gamer On: Construction Industry Aims to Attract New Generation of Tech, Computer-Savvy Youngsters

Gamer On: Construction Industry Aims to Attract New Generation of Tech, Computer-Savvy Youngsters
  A new article in Advertising Age describes the many ways the construction industry is attempting to draw younger members into the fold by marketing itself as gamer friendly.  Given the recent technological advances in the industry, the next generation of construction workers will need advanced math, science, and technical skills to thrive....
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2014
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Three Dem Politicians Lived on Minimum Wages for a Week. Grocery Shopping Will Never Be the Same.

Three Dem Politicians Lived on Minimum Wages for a Week. Grocery Shopping Will Never Be the Same.
  Three democratic politicians recently took part in the Live the Wage challenge, getting through the week’s food, transportation, and day-to-day expenses on a budget of $77.  U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan, Jan Schakowsky, and former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland all participated and the results were enlightening, though expected: Those who represent...
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Jul
2014
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9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.

9/11 Claimed Nearly 3000 Lives. Cancer Related to the Rescue and Clean Up May Claim 3000 More.
  The official number of deaths resulting from the infamous 9/11 Al-Qaeda attacks stands at 2,996. But by the middle of this century, that number could as much as double. That’s because more than 2,500 of the workers who helped in the crucial moments and months following the World Trade Center attacks have cancer.   ...
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2014
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$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker’s Worker Harming Days

$800 Million Asbestos Settlement Will End Rust-Oleum Maker's Worker Harming Days
  The Medina, OH based RPM International, makers of Rust-Oleum and other specialty paints, has agreed to spend nearly $800 million to fund a trust that would resolve asbestos-based personal injury claims against the company.  The settlement is less than the $1.17 billion a judge had previously suggested they could owe and still needs to ...
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Jul
2014
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Long Trek: Mary Burke Surging in WI Gov Polls, but Dems Shouldn’t Be too Excited (Yet)

Long Trek: Mary Burke Surging in WI Gov Polls, but Dems Shouldn't Be too Excited (Yet)
  The latest polling from Marquette University Law School shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker virtually tied with his democratic challenger, Mary Burke, in the leadup to the November election.  Analysis shows that among registered voters Walker holds a 46-45 lead, but ‘voters most likely to participate in the election’ give Burke a...
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Jul
2014
28

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules “Right-to-Work” Unconstitutional

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules
  An Indiana Judge has ruled that the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional, the second such blow to the legislation since its passage in 2012. Lake County Circuit Judge George Paras decided against the state in United Steelworkers vs. Zoeller on July 17th, ruling that the law was “null and void in its entirety” and ...
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Jul
2014
28

ANALYST: “It’s Cheap to Say There is a Mismatch in Skills”

  The latest “business conditions” survey from the National Association of Business Economics shows an improving economic outlook with higher levels of growth and dropping unemployment.   The majority of survey participants represent companies with more than 100 employees and 40 percent represent firms with over 1,000 workers....
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Jul
2014
28

United Way, GOP Gov and Dem Mayor All on Hand as MI’s “Access for All” Graduates First Class

  In the City of Detroit, the first class of the pre-apprenticeship program “Access For All” graduated last week, prepared to enter apprenticeships in the Building and Construction Trades.  The program enjoys bipartisan support from both Republican Governor Rick Snyder and the Mayor of Detroit, Democrat Mike Duggan.   The...
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Jul
2014
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New Jersey’s Pension Fund Thriving Despite State’s Financially Risky Maneuvers

  The value of the state of New Jersey’s Pension Fund is currently $80 billion with analysts projecting a 16 percent return in fiscal year 2014.  This news comes a month after Gov. Chris Christie made significant cuts to annual contributions in the 2014 budget.   At the latest meeting of the investment council, Chairman ...
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Jul
2014
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Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force

Mass. to Expand Its Already Powerful and Effective Wage and Misclassification Task Force
  Six years after Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick created the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy (JTF) via executive order, the highly successful program will become statute thanks to language in the state’s newly enacted minimum wage law.   Recent reports show that in 2013 alone the JTF recovered $15.6 million in back wages,...
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