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Delaware lawmakers praise organized labor

State lawmakers have passed a resolution praising organized labor and directing that its history be taught in public schools in a “fair and balanced” way. The resolution states that it is critically important that the history of organized labor be taught in public schools in a fair, unbiased and comprehensive manner. Read more at The … Read more »

Supreme Court Upholds the Health Care Reform Law

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this morning upholding the Affordable Care Act. We are pleased and relieved that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.  Today’s decision means that we can continue moving full speed ahead to implement and build upon the Affordable … Read more »

High Court Decision A Blow To Public Sector Unions

In a blow for public sector labor unions, the Supreme Court ruled that non-members — who are required to pay dues in closed shops — do not have to pay special assessments to finance the union’s political activities. The Justices said the First Amendment requires an opt-in system. Read more at NPR.org.

We Asked, You Told Us: Your Favorite Made in America Items

From the AFL-CIO — When we asked about your favorite Made in America items, dozens and dozens of you responded. Topping the list of favorites? Slugger baseball bats, Miller beer and anything sweet and/or chocolate—Oreos, Hershey Kisses and Russell Stovers. Buicks and all U.S.-made cars, and a variety of guns—Rugers, Remingtons, Smith & Wessons—and ammo … Read more »

What happens if America loses its unions

What would America look like without a union movement? That’s not a hard question to answer, because we’re almost at that point. The rate of private-sector unionization has fallen below 7 percent, from a post-World War II high of roughly 40 percent. Already, the economic effects of a union-free America are glaringly apparent: an economically stagnant or downwardly … Read more »

Union-Busting Is As Easy As ABC (the Associated Builders and Contractors)

In American labor history, the Associated Builders and Contractors—well-known in the building trades as just ABC but little-known elsewhere—played a key role in unleashing the anti-union juggernaut of the past half century. And a new report by Thomas J. Kriger, a labor studies professor at the National Labor College, provides an informative look at just what … Read more »

FCA Announces 2011 CREST Award Winners

Bethesda, MD – The winners of the Finishing Contractors Association’s (FCA) second-annual CREST Awards were announced on May 17 at FCA’s Annual Leadership Council. Sixteen companies won awards for their dedication to running an effective safety program. Winners of the 2011 CREST Awards are: Architectural Glass & Metal 1 – 25,000 hours………………….. Eighteen Glass Company, … Read more »

Labor Leaders Release Major Study About the Associated Builders and Contractors, Exposing a Disinformation Campaign Designed to Undermine America’s Labor Laws

From the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department – The Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD), with the support of the AFL-CIO and LIUNA, today jointly released the findings of a first-ever state-by-state comparative analysis of the Associated Builders and Contractors trade association, better known as the ABC. The findings expose a pattern of data … Read more »

IUPAT St. Louis: St. Louis alderman seeks new commission, says contractors aren’t following laws

Vaccaro, alderman in the southwest’s 23rd Ward, says he often fields complaints that some city contractors are not following laws requiring minority participation, prevailing wages, insurance and tax payments, or federal safety standards, among other things. Rich Lucks, the local painter’s union business rep, said he understands that sentiment, but this is no small problem. … Read more »

What Can Labor Win if It Backs Obama’s Re-Election?

So, if unions are going to be involved in electoral politics this year, what can they expect to win? And is Washington even relevant to progressive organizing efforts? To discuss these questions, I brought together two experienced strategists. Richard Bensinger, formerly the organizing director of the AFL-CIO and currently an organizing director at the United … Read more »