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What does the health-care law mean to me?

If President Obama’s health-care law is upheld by the Supreme Court, it will change the way millions of Americans get health insurance — and require nearly everyone to have coverage by 2014 or pay a penalty. This tool estimates what the law could mean for your health coverage and taxes based on your income, family … Read more »

Team Romney’s alleged labor mole

On Sept. 2, the National Review posted on its website an Op-Ed blasting a new rule requiring companies to inform employees of their union rights. The article condemned the rule as “an unwarranted usurpation” and “regulatory sorcery” that “diminishes” the National Labor Relations Board. None of this was particularly interesting or surprising, given the conservative politics of … Read more »

Planned Pipelines to Rival Keystone XL

Two major energy companies are planning to build new pipelines that will move as much as 850,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast by mid-2014, in the latest effort to cope with a surge of oil production in North America. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

The Rich Get Even Richer

NEW statistics show an ever-more-startling divergence between the fortunes of the wealthy and everybody else — and the desperate need to address this wrenching problem. Even in a country that sometimes seems inured to income inequality, these takeaways are truly stunning. Read more at The New York Times.

Canada/The Globe and Mail – The sorry state of our unions

So it has come to this: Even union leaders are losing faith in the power of their unions. “There used to be a time when we had great respect from the public,” says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. “But we’ve lost that. There’s this notion that unions are just out for themselves … Read more »

Vegas IUPAT Member SkyJumps for Boy Scouts of America

Watch Jack Mallory, assistant business manager/secretary-treasurer and director of Government Affairs for IUPAT District Council 15 in Las Vegas, take a jump off the Stratosphere (follow this link to take a look at just how tall the stratosphere is) to benefit the Boy Scouts of America.

OFF THE WALL: Professor Sees Growth Potential for ‘Grass Paint’

It could be the future if Sangmin Bae, a professor from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), has any say in the matter. Bae, in conjunction with his ID+IM Design Laboratory in Korea, has developed a “Grass Paint” product technology that makes it possible to plant grass anywhere, even on building walls or … Read more »

U.S. Battles Home Builder Over Pay Probe

The Labor Department has stepped up pressure on PulteGroup Inc. in what has become a nasty battle between the Michigan-based home builder and the Obama administration over an investigation into the housing industry’s pay practices. The main issue in the investigation, say people familiar with the matter, is whether brick layers, carpenters, laborers and other … Read more »

IUPAT Job Corps Grad Restores Capitol Dome

This article appeared in the United States Department of Labor DOL News Brief (see full article HERE) on March 22, 2012 — Each night, Job Corps graduate Antonio Alford looks out at theWashington, D.C., skyline from 180 feet up and thinks to himself, “I am honored to be working on restoring the most important building inAmerica.” Alford … Read more »

America’s Building Trades Unions Applaud Presidential Initiative to Expedite Construction of Southern Portion of Keystone Pipeline

America’s Building Trades Unions Applaud Presidential Initiative to Expedite Construction of Southern Portion of Keystone Pipeline  Mark H. Ayers, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department, issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s trip to Cushing, Oklahoma:  “America’s Building Trades Unions today offers its collective appreciation to President Obama for his decision today … Read more »