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The Choice We Face this November 6th

The Building and Construction Trades Department has just finished production of a 2012 Presidential Campaign video that contrasts the records and positions of Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama – especially those issues that are central to the lives of our members. This video has now been uploaded to our YouTube page.  Please take the time … Read more »

Join the Workers Stand for America Rally on Saturday, August 11!

Join thousands of union members from across the country in Philadelphia on August 11 to present our leaders and our country with America’s Second Bill of Rights!  It’s the Workers Stand for America Rally. Or, if you can’t make it, WATCH IT LIVE on Saturday, August 11 – HERE! Join Us! 11 a.m. Saturday, August … Read more »

Find the Data: Obama vs. Romney – An objective side by side comparison

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Paint Contractors Nabbed in CA Sting

Painters and other contractors in the Sacramento, CA, area have been caught up in the state’s latest undercover sting operation, aimed at cracking down on unlicensed, uninsured operators. Such stings are a regular enforcement activity in California, where the Contractor’s State License Board aggressively monitors contractor licensing, insurance and advertising. Read more at D+D.

314 TX Painters, Blasters Win Back Pay

Hundreds of painters and blasters have recouped back pay from a Texas industrial painting contractor, after federal authorities determined that the workers had been cheated of earnings. Some employees of Performance Blasting and Coating LP, of Port Arthur TX, worked up to 68 hours a week without receiving overtime, while others saw hours erased from … Read more »

Union bashing frauds and the fools they convince

I am not in a union, public or private, nor have I ever been. However, after fighting for this country in World War II as a Marine at Guadalcanal, Okinawa, and other bloody battlefields, my father joined a union and worked as an instrument repairman at an aluminum smelting plant near New Orleans for 25 … Read more »

Sign Your Name to America’s Second Bill of Rights

Sign Your Name to America’s Second Bill of Rights We the People want to strengthen our nation, as a beacon of equality, economic opportunity and freedom for all. We hold these rights to be essential to our vision of America and believe that the principles contained therein should guide our government, business leaders, organizations and … Read more »

IUPAT Boston: Marriott Exposed!!! Workers will get $31k in back pay

From IUPAT District Council 35: The Final Word after a long fought Exposure Campaign by the active Members of District Council 35, along with solidarity between other trades, Labor Councils and community coalitions… Hotel project ignored wage law…. A Woburn construction company will pay $31,000 in back wages after Massachusetts’ attorney general found that one of its subcontractors failed … Read more »

Why Democrats need labor unions

Princeton, New Jersey (CNN) – Since the Democrats chose to host their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in a state that has not been hospitable to unions, organized labor is going to have a rally to focus attention on its key issues in Philadelphia on August 11. The rally is indicative of a larger tension that has plagued the Democratic … Read more »

Five Obamacare Myths

ON the subject of the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare, to reclaim the name critics have made into a slur — a number of fallacies seem to be congealing into accepted wisdom. Much of this is the result of unrelenting Republican propaganda and right-wing punditry, but it has gone largely unchallenged by gun-shy Democrats. The … Read more »