Member News

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.

Private nonresidential building trends improve

Weaker construction of hotels, manufacturing facilities and health care facilities in the private sector left January construction spending flat with December, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday. Nevertheless, nonresidential construction companies have been a major contributor to the overall industry growth in the last year or so, according to an analysis of private-company financial statements by Sageworks Inc., a … Read more »

New Keystone XL pipeline route expected to get a thumbs up

HOUSTON — TransCanada expects to start the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline by early summer at the latest and have it in service sometime next year, company pipeline chief Alex Pourbaix said Tuesday. Read more at POLITICO.

Paint, Anodize Finisher Linetec Wins Sustainable-Manufacturer Honor

Linetec, one of the nation’s largest paint and anodize finishers, has been recognized for its “industry-leading” energy-conservation efforts and eco-friendly finishes. The company, based in Wausau, Wis., won the 2011 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Sustainability Grand Award. The award was presented recently at the state’s annual Manufacturer of the Year award ceremony in Milwaukee. … Read more »

IUPAT Member Mark Pocan – Special Needs Scholarship Program (AB 110) was written by ALEC

Mark Pocan illustrated how ALEC is working to erode our public education and specifically how this bill was clearly written by them.  

Gov. John Kasich’s union offensive could cost the GOP in Ohio

Kasich is beloved by many conservatives for keeping his promise to cut the state’s deficit, but he also signed into law a bill, SB 5, that took away collective bargaining rights from public employees. That law was repealed by voters in a November referendum by a 2-to-1 margin. Jay McDonald, president of Ohio’s Fraternal Order … Read more »

Judge: Gov’t can require union posters at work

A federal judge ruled Friday that the National Labor Relations Board can require most private businesses to put up posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union. But U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson limited how the board can enforce the requirement. She said simply failing to display the new NLRB … Read more »

Why Recent Job Gains May Stick This Time

The U.S. job market’s recent improvement has some economists wondering if 2012 will break from last year’s pattern of strong job growth in the winter followed by a slowing in the spring and summer. One reason for optimism is that job growth has spread to more of the nation’s largest metro areas—divisions bigger than cities … Read more »

St. Louis trade leaders decry plan to shift NLRB leadership to Kansas City

A proposal to consolidate the St. Louis office of the National Labor Relations Board is drawing fire from area organized labor officials who fear the plan will curtail one of the busiest regional mediation agencies in the nation. The NLRB in a memo sent last week said it is considering a pilot program that would merge the … Read more »

Federal judge strikes down Michigan law that outlawed local project labor agreements

From the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council: DETROIT – A U.S. District Court judge on Feb. 29 struck down Michigan’s “Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act” (Public Act 98, 2011). The ruling re-establishes the ability of local units of government in Michigan to enter into project labor agreements (PLAs) on public construction … Read more »