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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 »

EPI – State-level data confirm nationwide recovery

State level data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that most states have been experiencing the steady progress towards economic recovery that we have been seeing nationally. Over the three-month period from October 2011 to January 2012, every state except New York experienced a reduction in its unemployment rate (New York’s rate … Read more »

Reclaim Wisconsin Rally in Madison, WI

On March 10, 2012, more than 62,000 marched on Wisconsin’s State Capitol in Madison to commemorate the one year anniversary of ‘Act 10′, enacted by Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin State Legislature, stripping the collective bargaining rights of public sector employees. Wisconsinites are more united than ever in our fight to recall the governor … Read more »

Richard Trumka’s Declaration of Independence

The AFL-CIO president says the labor federation is building a progressive movement beyond any party or candidate. Unions in the AFL-CIO will be making plans for this tough election year as the labor federation’s executive council meets in Orlando, Fla., this week, when it is expected to endorse President Obama for re-election. AFL-CIO President Richard … Read more »

Job Growth Continues to Improve

WASHINGTON—U.S. job creation remained solid in February and was stronger in previous months than initially thought, marking one of the economy’s best stretches of the nearly three-year-old recovery. Jobs outside of agriculture grew by 227,000 last month, the Labor Department said Friday. Meanwhile, employers added 284,000 jobs in January—roughly 40,000 higher than an initial estimate—and … Read more »

U.S. House approves small business jobs bill

WASHINGTON, March 8 (Reuters) – In a rare display of bipartisanship in an election year, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to make it easier for small businesses, seen as a driver of U.S. economic growth, to raise capital. Read more at The Chicago Tribune.