The road to passing Speaker John Boehner’s energy and infrastructure bill looks to be as bumpy as the highways it’s trying to fix. GOP leaders insist they will bring their energy-expanding and road-building plan to the floor this month, but it’s clear they have a ways to go before uniting the Republican Conference. And thanks … Read more
WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate fell for the fifth straight month after a surge of January hiring, a promising shift in the nation’s outlook for job growth. The Labor Department says employers added 243,000 jobs in January, the most in nine months. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent from 8.5 percent in December. That’s … Read more
The survey, 2012 Construction Industry Forecast, conducted by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Inc., reported the “optimism quotient”—the survey’s primary benchmark for measuring contractor and equipment distributor sentiment—at 114 for 2012, an increase from 96 a year earlier. Read more at DURABILITY+DESIGN.
The tentative agreement, reached Monday, with International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 1010, which represents employees such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers, includes a step increase or a one-time bonus for some employees. Read more at FloridaToday.com.
Union members from all over the Bay Area packed Menlo Park’s Council Chambers Tuesday to say they support the construction of Facebook. Tony Tofani, business representative for District Council 16 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, said what the economy needs is to put people to work. “We want to make sure … Read more
Non-residential activity expected to increase despite concerns surrounding available contractors, according to Wells Fargo survey MINNEAPOLIS, Jan 31, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Construction contractors and equipment distributors are optimistic local non-residential activity will improve in 2012, according to a recent survey by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Inc., part of Wells Fargo & Company. Read more … Read more
WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has posted a series of 17 videos to help workers learn about the proper use of respirators on the job. These short videos, nine in English and eight in Spanish, provide valuable information to workers in general industry and construction. Topics include OSHA’s Respiratory Standard, respirator use, … Read more
IUPAT representatives play key part in bringing criminal charges against a San Francisco painting contractor for wage theft and benefits misappropriation. See the report from SFWeekly.com below… “A San Mateo County woman has been charged with 57 felony counts of cheating her employees of more than $600,000 in wages while working on projects for both the … Read more
IUPAT representatives play key part in bringing criminal charges against a San Francisco painting contractor for wage theft and benefits misappropriation. See the report from DURABILITY + DESIGN below… “A San Francisco painting contractor is facing criminal charges after authorities said she cheated employees out of more than $600,000 in wages and failed to pay … Read more