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17 percent of Oregon workers are union members

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Efforts to organize nurses and home health care workers kept the percentage of Oregon’s workforce represented by unions at one of the highest levels in the United States. Union members make up 17 percent of all workers in Oregon, seventh-highest in the nation, according to figures recently released by the Bureau … Read more »

Obama to Make Case for ‘Buffett Rule’

WASHINGTON — Previewing the message that President Obama will take to Florida on Tuesday, his economic team released a brief report making the case for his “Buffett Rule,” a proposal that would ensure the wealthiest Americans pay at least 30 percent of their income in federal taxes. Read more at The New York Times.

The President, Gas Prices and the Pipeline

Like every president seeking re-election, Barack Obama walks the fine line every day between the discordant goals of motivating his party’s strongest loyalists and reaching out to swing voters for their support. A few weeks ago, that pathway took him to a tiny town in Oklahoma, where, caught between theanti-drilling demands of the environmental community and … Read more »

BCTD President Mark Ayers Dies

We are saddened to report that the labor movement lost a great leader on Easter Sunday. AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department President Mark Ayers died of a heart attack at age 63. “Mark was a unifying force for not only the Building Trades, but the rest of the labor movement as well,” said IUPAT … Read more »

BCTD Statement on the Passing of Mark H. Ayers, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO issued the following statement today on the passing of its President, Mark H. Ayers: It is with deep sadness that the Building and Construction Trades Department announces the sudden and untimely passing of its President, Mark H. Ayers, on April … Read more »

Company Payrolls in U.S. Grow by Estimated 209,000 Workers

April 4 (Bloomberg) — Companies in the U.S. expanded payrolls in March, showing the labor market is strengthening, according to data from a private report based on payrolls. Employment increased by 209,000 for the month after a revised 230,000 gain in February, figures from ADP Employer Services showed today. The median estimate in the Bloomberg … Read more »

CBO Glass Faces Lawsuit

The International Painters and Allied Trades Industry Pension Fund has filed a suit against CBO Glass of Alden, N.Y., and two of the company’s officials, Gilbert DiMaio, president and CEO, and Paul F. Hogan, principal, alleging that the company has “failed to pay amounts due under the Labor Contracts, Trust Agreements and Plan.” The suit was filed … Read more »

Painters Union Endorses Crowley

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 9 announced today that they were backing Elizabeth Crowley in the heated primary to replace Gary Ackerman in a Congressional race in Queens. Ms. Crowley is a member of DC 9, and before entering the City Council in 2009 worked as a restorative painter. Read more … Read more »

For Wisconsin Crowd, Romney Invokes “Union Bosses”

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — Mitt Romney’s biggest applause line tonight was a hat tip to the movement to keep Governor Scott Walker in office, and an acknowledgement that his race is not the main attraction in recall-crazed Wisconsin. In his victory speech, Romney told a crowd at the Grain Exchange in Milwaukee that “Workers should have … Read more »

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 »