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Light at Tunnel’s End? Survey Projects Growth in Non-residential Construction

The survey, 2012 Construction Industry Forecast, conducted by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Inc., reported the “optimism quotient”—the survey’s primary benchmark for measuring contractor and equipment  distributor sentiment—at 114 for 2012, an increase from 96 a year earlier. Read more at DURABILITY+DESIGN.

IUPAT FL: Staffers union OKs deal with Brevard school district

The tentative agreement, reached Monday, with International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 1010, which represents employees such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers, includes a step increase or a one-time bonus for some employees. Read more at FloridaToday.com.

IUPAT CA: Unions Elated Facebook Would Hire Locals

Union members from all over the Bay Area packed Menlo Park’s Council Chambers Tuesday to say they support the construction of Facebook. Tony Tofani, business representative for District Council 16 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, said what the economy needs is to put people to work. “We want to make sure … Read more »

Construction Industry Optimistic: Activity Expected to Improve in 2012

Non-residential activity expected to increase despite concerns surrounding available contractors, according to Wells Fargo survey MINNEAPOLIS, Jan 31, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Construction contractors and equipment distributors are optimistic local non-residential activity will improve in 2012, according to a recent survey by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Inc., part of Wells Fargo & Company. Read more … Read more »

New short videos from OSHA provide training to help inform workers on the proper use of respirators

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has posted a series of 17 videos to help workers learn about the proper use of respirators on the job. These short videos, nine in English and eight in Spanish, provide valuable information to workers in general industry and construction.  Topics include OSHA’s Respiratory Standard, respirator use, … Read more »

IUPAT California: Frances Ann Doherty, City Contractor, Accused of Stiffing Employees Out of Wages

IUPAT representatives play key part in bringing criminal charges against a San Francisco painting contractor for wage theft and benefits misappropriation.  See the report from SFWeekly.com below… “A San Mateo County woman has been charged with 57 felony counts of cheating her employees of more than $600,000 in wages while working on projects for both the … Read more »

IUPAT California: Bay Area Painting Contractor Charged with Cheating on Wages, Workers’ Comp Fraud

IUPAT representatives play key part in bringing criminal charges against a San Francisco painting contractor for wage theft and benefits misappropriation.  See the report from DURABILITY + DESIGN below… “A San Francisco painting contractor is facing criminal charges after authorities said she cheated employees out of more than $600,000 in wages and failed to pay … Read more »

VIDEO: IUPAT Rep Speaks Out on SC Governor’s Plan for Anti-Union Laws

Local Occupy movement joins with labor unions in protest at Super Bowl Village

INDIANAPOLIS – About 200 people including union members from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), members of Indianapolis Jobs with Justice, the National Association for the Advancement of … Read more »

Statement by IUPAT General President James Williams on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address

Statement by IUPAT General President James Williams on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address On Tuesday night, President Obama said that it was time to do “some nation-building right here at home.”  That one statement rang resoundingly in the ears of hundreds of thousands of unemployed construction workers who have, for far too … Read more »