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Mark Pocan, IUPAT Member and Candidate for Congress in Wisconsin, Addresses BCTD Conference

On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, IUPAT member Mark Pocan addressed the delegates of this year’s AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department Legislative Conference.  An annual event that draws union political activists from around the country to learn more about the issues in this year’s election, hone the skills that make them good activists and rally … Read more »

AFL-CIO: THIRTEEN WORKERS KILLED ON THE JOB EVERY DAY

From the AFL-CIO: ACCORDING TO NEW REPORT ON WORKER SAFETY AND HEALTH (Washington, May 2) – In 2010, 4,690 workers were killed on the job – an average of 13 workers every day – and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases, according to a new AFL-CIO report, “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect.” … Read more »

Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on Workers’ Memorial Day

WASHINGTON ‒ Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement on the observance of Workers’ Memorial Day: “Tomorrow, April 28, is Workers’ Memorial Day, an occasion for reflection and remembrance of the thousands of workers who needlessly have suffered fatal injuries on the job every year. We also think of those workers … Read more »

Workers Memorial Day

Every year on April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces.  This year we the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy and to ensure the … Read more »

Democrat Vies for Union Vote

BRAINTREE, Mass.—Elizabeth Warren bounded to the front of a union meeting hall here last week and delivered a message tailored for the crowd. Dad was a maintenance man, said the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, a Harvard Law School professor and consumer-finance watchdog. She once taught public school—”can we hear it for public-school teachers!”—and her brother … Read more »

Big Labor’s big moment

For years Big Labor has been looking small, but it doesn’t feel that way now. Unions won an Ohio referendum overturning Gov. John Kasich’s effort to restrict collective bargaining for government employees. They built a recall campaign that could still knock Republican Scott Walker out of the governor’s mansion in Maple Bluff, Wis. And on Tuesday night, … Read more »

VIDEO – Illinois Gov. Quinn: Don’t Listen To Scott Walker If You Want Jobs

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn joins Ed Schultz to discuss the state of the Illinois and Wisconsin economies. “Wisconsin’s dead last in job growth,” Quinn said. “Don’t listen to Scott Walker if you want to get jobs in your state, and we sure haven’t listened to him. We believe in our workers. We have skilled, educated … Read more »

2 House Democrats Defeated After Opposing Health Law

WASHINGTON — The defeat of two conservative House Democrats by more liberal opponents in Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary illustrates the strong hold the new health care law still has over committed Democratic voters and foreshadows an even more polarized Congress next year in the aftermath of the latest round of redistricting. Read more at The New York Times.

ALEC’s alienating political agenda

For an organization devoted to building coalitions, the American Legislative Exchange Council has seen a lot of partners hit the road recently. Close to a dozen companies have withdrawn from ALEC after recent public pressure, and The New York Times reported Sunday on a new trove of documents that detail ALEC’s aggressive lobbying activities despite … Read more »

Poll Frames Rivals’ Strengths

President Barack Obama’s efforts to project himself as a protector of the middle class have strengthened him for the general election, while Mitt Romney has gained traction with his argument that he can improve the economy, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.