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Economists More Optimistic, Keep Growth Forecasts

NABE economists see the unemployment rate sticking at 8.3 percent this year, matching January figures. That’s improved from their November forecast of 8.9 percent. Unemployment peaked at 10 percent in October of 2009. The economists expect job growth to accelerate next year, and forecast the unemployment rate will fall to 7.8 percent. GDP growth needs … Read more »

Bill Clinton on Keystone XL pipeline: ‘Embrace’ it

Bill  Clinton says it’s time to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Speaking at an Energy Department conference in Maryland on Wednesday,  the former president said he was surprised the project has gotten as gummed up  as it has, laying the blame on pipeline builder TransCanada. Read more at POLITICO.

Romney Wins, the Middle Class Loses

A month ago, the state was rated a tossup in this November’s general election. But after voters got a taste of the Republican field, Michigan seems to be on President Obama’s side of the ledger, along with Wisconsin. Both elected Republican governors in 2010, but large numbers of blue-collar voters have turned away from the … Read more »

Shipyard offering new apprentice positions for tribal members, vets

Chris Winters, business representative for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, told a gathering of economic development officials Tuesday that the program will continue a long tradition at Martinac. Read more at The News Tribune.

Campaigning for Reelection: Grimm Scores Painters’ Union Endorsement

Earlier today, GOP Congessman Michael Grimm received his first endorsement as he campaigns for his second term in the House — and it came from a more Democratic-leaning group too, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. “Congressman Grimm has proven to us since his election to the House of Representatives that he is … Read more »

Bob Balgenorth: Project Labor Agreements are good for public projects

A PLA is a risk-management tool. Negotiated before work on a project begins, it generally includes a no-strike clause as well as a process to resolve disputes. It establishes the hours of work, wages, benefits and working conditions. Many municipal PLAs also have local-hire provisions and other benefits desired by the community. Read more at … Read more »

Entire C-CSpan Video of Mitt Romney Talking to the Associated Builders and Contractors

Romney makes it clear that he has an anti-union agenda if elected president. Watch the whole thing here:

Keystone XL is more than a pipeline. It’s a lifeline.

Tell Congress Jobs Can’t Wait and we need the Keystone XL pipeline to begin in five of the six states where the route is not in question. This will mean most of the projected 20,000 direct jobs can be created immediately! Call 1-866-228-3314 to tell your Member of Congress to support the Keystone XL Pipeline! … Read more »

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.