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January Construction Recedes 2 Percent

New York, N.Y. – February 21, 2012 – The value of new construction starts dropped 2% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $402.2 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Both nonresidential building and housing settled back from December, while the nonbuilding construction sector managed to register a … Read more »

Architecture Billings Hint at Expansion Trend with Third Consecutive Monthly Increase

“Even though we had a similar upturn in design billings in late 2010 and early 2011, this recent showing is encouraging because it is being reflected across most regions of the country and across the major construction sectors,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. Read more at DURABILITY + DESIGN.

Solidarity: The Next Generation

In recent years, six national unions – the CWA, Steelworkers, Electrical Workers, Office and Professional Employees, Painters and Allied Trades and Utility Workers – have passed resolutions and allocated resources to support young workers and get them more involved in union leadership. Read morer at California Progress Report.

IUPAT Missouri – Working Together to Keep St. Louis Working

In February, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 2, in conjunction with a group of fellow trade unions and builders, announced the continuation of a new and successful stimulus program that “focuses on putting people back to work and giving consumers a great deal,” according to the released announcement. It’s called the … Read more »

More on the Economy – Construction Added Jobs

The U. S. Economy added 243,000 jobs in January – the fastest rate since April, 2011. The increase appears to be a solid one based on economic information collected in government surveys. The official government unemployment rate declined from 8.5% to 8.3%. Manufacturing added 50,000 jobs and 21,000 new jobs were added to construction. Read … Read more »

MAJOR CABLE NETWORK LOOKING FOR PROUD AMERICAN FAMILIES/ GROUPS OF FRIENDS TO BE SENT ON THE IDEAL AMERICAN VACATION

MAJOR CABLE NETWORK LOOKING FOR PROUD AMERICAN FAMILIES/ GROUPS OF FRIENDS TO BE SENT ON THE IDEAL AMERICAN VACATION. � Are you a homegrown kind of person who’s never been outside the country let alone your own state? Do you love where you are from and don’t think there is any reason to see the … Read more »

A nonsense fact in a Super Bowl ad

Three Pinocchios from the Washington Post for this anti-union Superbowl ad.  Take a look at the add below and read more about what the Washington Post had to say HERE.

Right-to-Work Laws Won’t Bring Back Manufacturing: Ron Klain

“The last state before Indiana to adopt a similar measure was Oklahoma, 10 years ago. At the time it passed, advocates promised that it would result in a surge of manufacturing jobs coming to the state. But in the decade that has followed, industrial exits from Oklahoma have increased 30 percent, manufacturing employment in the … Read more »

Work Connects Us All

Work built this country and will build it again. Work binds us together. Do you want to know how your work connects you to other people? Then visit www.WorkConnectsUsAll.org and you will see how workers are united throughout their work.  Click below and watch the commercial now… �  

Infrastructure’s long, long road

The road to passing Speaker John Boehner’s energy and infrastructure bill looks to be as bumpy as the highways it’s trying to fix. GOP leaders insist they will bring their energy-expanding and road-building plan to the floor this month, but it’s clear they have a ways to go before uniting the Republican Conference. And thanks … Read more »