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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 »

Hot Industry for Start-Ups: Construction?

One usually thinks of start-ups as cutting-edge. But it turns out the hottest growth area for new businesses isn’t so sexy: It’s construction. More entrepreneurs are setting up construction companies, according to a report released earlier this week. The increase comes as construction workers who lost their jobs during the slump in the housing market … Read more »

As Obama Picks Up Union Endorsements, a Debate on Labor’s Role in 2012 Campaign

Democracy NOW! Watch the discussion here…

Madison Politiscope: Falk, Vinehout talk up their ties to working Wisconsinites

State Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, put his membership in the Union of Painters and Allied Trades front-and-center of his speech, joking that Washington could use a little “union thug.” “Forty-seven percent of Congress are millionaires,” he said. “There are only five members of Congress who are union members.” Read more at The Cap Times.

Obama/Biden 2012 – The Road We’ve Traveled

This film gives an inside look at some of the tough calls President Obama made to get our country back on track. Featuring interviews from President Bill Clinton, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Elizabeth Warren, David Axelrod, Austan Goolsbee, and more. It’s a film everyone should see.

NPR – Obama Wins Backing Of AFL-CIO

On Tuesday, President Obama received the endorsement of the nation’s largest organized labor organization, the AFL-CIO. Collective bargaining has been under attack in several states, which has drained union resources. But labor leaders say that’s made them more determined than ever to keep Obama in the White House. Listen to the story via NPR HERE. … Read more »

Journey Women Painters Honored by Job Corps

Success stories are hard to resist, and this one is no exception.  Especially because this particular story is about not one, not two, but three young women who have found a bigger and better life thanks to the U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps Program and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT).  … Read more »