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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.

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 »