“The Other 4-Year Degree”: DOL Announces $100M in Apprenticeship Grants

  The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially announced that it will make available $100...

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

Under PLA, I-95 Expansion Completed Ahead of Schedule with Impressive Safety Numbers

  The express lanes on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia recently opened to the public, after...

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

Teamsters, UPS Announce Largest Collectively Bargained Contract in U.S., Thousands of Jobs Created

  As the Teamsters enforce their new National Master Agreement with UPS, thousands of new...

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

Dane County and Madison, WI Institute Changes They Hope Will Blunt the Impact of Anti-Union Act 10

  Following Wisconsin’s passage of Act 10, union-friendly Dane County prolonged public...

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Jun
2012
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NV Assembly Dems Suggest Unprecedented 50% Local Hire on Public Works Projects

NV Assembly Dems Suggest Unprecedented 50% Local Hire on Public Works Projects
According to members of the Southern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council, the Nevada Assembly Democrats’ new Five Point Plan for Job Creation — described below in their press release — calls for 50% local hire on public works projects. This highly commendable recommendation is unprecedented and far surpasses San...
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Jun
2012
27

If Unions Need Opt-In for Political Donations, Shouldn’t Corporations, Too?

If Unions Need Opt-In for Political Donations, Shouldn't Corporations, Too?
In the first of many important rulings expected from the Supreme Court this summer, Chief Justice Roberts and his conservative majority dealt a blow to public sector labor unions in the Knox v. SEIU case last week. The case revolved around the SEIU’s temporary raising of dues in order to fight two anti-union propositions on the [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
27

Unions, Seneca Nation of Indians Urge Cuomo to Move Forward with Southern Tier Expressway

Unions, Seneca Nation of Indians Urge Cuomo to Move Forward with Southern Tier Expressway
If New York Governor Andrew Cuomo thought signing a hugely important Project Labor Agreement for the Tappan Zee Bridge would be the end of his infrastructure work this month, he was wrong. Leaders of four labor unions are urging progress in settling a dispute between the Governor and the Seneca Nation of Indians that is [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
27

‘NUFF SAID: Wages are at an All-Time Low. Profits are at an All-Time High.

'NUFF SAID: Wages are at an All-Time Low.  Profits are at an All-Time High.
Hey, the economy is the “pivotal” issue in the 2012 election, right!? We’re in a real “make or break moment” for the United States, aren’t we!? It’s “now or never,” don’t ya think!? So there couldn’t be a better time for two charts from Business Insider that show exactly...
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Jun
2012
27

“Much of the problem starts with us, the parents. Do we tell our children about what we do? Do we educate them on the struggles of those who have come before us?”

A DailyKos post published last weekend provides an interesting perspective on the socio-economic importance of “working class family values.” The post’s author, Todd Farally, suggests that parents are the key to ending a downturn in unionism: Much of the problem starts with us, the parents. Do we tell our children about what we...
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Jun
2012
26

VIDEO: Military Vets Rebuild the World Trade Center Through the Helmets to Hardhats Program

Some of the first military veterans to ship out after 9/11 came back with the goal of rebuilding the World Trade Center, either symbolically or physically. The Building and Construction Trades’ Helmets to Hardhats program (H2H) gave many of these veterans a chance for the latter as well as a pathway into a union career. [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
26

55% of Journalists Worldwide Use Social Media to Source, Verify Stories. Press Releases Less Important.

55% of Journalists Worldwide Use Social Media to Source, Verify Stories. Press Releases Less Important.
A new study shows that over half of journalists are using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to source or verify stories. This shows the rising importance of new media not only for the journalist whose charge it is to deliver a quality story, but for those with limited reach and less voice [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
25

Iceland Has Jailed Bankers. Why Can’t We?

Iceland Has Jailed Bankers.  Why Can't We?
The people of Iceland are currently doing what Americans can only dream of, dismantling a corrupt political system and arresting the bankers who caused the country’s financial collapse in 2008. They have rewritten their constitution so such abuses of power and trust will (hopefully) never be allowed again. The process of changing their...
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Jun
2012
25

MD GOV: Prosperity “Achieved by a Partnership with Unions, Not by Scapegoating Labor.”

MD GOV: Prosperity
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has an impressive record in terms of job growth which he recently attributed to his partnership with unions. The state’s AAA credit rating, along with its top 10 ranking in job growth and its spot atop the state median income list, have led him to be an early mention as a [&hellip...
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Jun
2012
25

DOUBLE POSITIVE: Pension Fund Portfolio Investments in Infrastructure

DOUBLE POSITIVE: Pension Fund Portfolio Investments in Infrastructure
New research supports the idea that pension fund portfolio investments in infrastructure double as good investment and pro-American job creation tactic. At a time when capital is needed to rebuild our nation’s aging infrastructure, diverse sources such as pension funds could provide a win-win for both government and investor according to the...
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Jun
2012
22

Worcester, MA Signs Responsible Employer Ordinace, Ensures Apprenticeship on Public Works

Worcester, MA Signs Responsible Employer Ordinace, Ensures Apprenticeship on Public Works
Despite threats of legal action from non-union groups, the Worcester City Council has voted 9-1 to enact a new Responsible Employer Ordinance that will require contractors on municipal projects to maintain apprenticeship programs. The morning of the vote, the Utility Contractors Association of New England faxed letters to City Council members,...
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Jun
2012
22

New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge PLA Comes With Half a Billion Dollar Cost Savings

New York's Tappan Zee Bridge PLA Comes With Half a Billion Dollar Cost Savings
In case you haven’t heard, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently reached a huge deal with the New York Thruway Authority and the state’s Building Trades unions to build the Tappan Zee Bridge under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). The project, which will create 45,000 jobs, is one of the nation’s largest proposed infrastructure...
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