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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 »

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.