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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. Â

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… ďż˝  

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 »

Employers added 243,000 jobs in January, pushing unemployment rate down to 8.3 percent

WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate fell for the fifth straight month after a surge of January hiring, a promising shift in the nation’s outlook for job growth. The Labor Department says employers added 243,000 jobs in January, the most in nine months. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent from 8.5 percent in December. That’s … Read more »

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 »