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House passes Keystone XL pipeline – again

It’s the issue that simply refuses to die. House Republicans wrote a new chapter in the long-running debate over the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday by approving it as part of a 90-day extension of surface transportation law. Read more at POLITICO.

IUPAT General President James Williams on America’s Workforce Radio

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams talks politics Obama, Romney and Biden on America’s Workforce Radio.

WI Lt. Gov: Unions ‘weaponized’ recall

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is charging that unions have “weaponized” the recall election in Wisconsin, but she says she’s determined to win her battle and protect Gov. Scott Walker from dealing with an organized labor “boss” who will undermine him at every turn over the next two years. Read more at POLITICO.

Wisconsin Lt. Gov: Stop union ‘take over’

The defeat of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his deputy in the upcoming June recall election would allow a union “takeover” of the state government, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch warned on Monday. Read more at POLITICO.

Romney mum on labor leaks

The GOP candidate has not fired an advisor who allegedly received leaked docs from a member of the NLRB It’s been almost three weeks since the release of a National Labor Relations Board Inspector General report finding that Republican NLRB member Terence Flynn violated ethics rules. Since then, members of Congress from both parties have said the … Read more »

In Midwestern capitols, Republicans eager to avoid more union battles

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Fifteen months after taking control of Minnesota’s Legislature, Republicans have put a gay marriage ban on this November’s ballot, moved to expand gun rights and cast dozens of votes to cut state spending. But there’s one issue where they failed to get traction: watering down the strength of organized labor with … Read more »

The President, Gas Prices and the Pipeline

Like every president seeking re-election, Barack Obama walks the fine line every day between the discordant goals of motivating his party’s strongest loyalists and reaching out to swing voters for their support. A few weeks ago, that pathway took him to a tiny town in Oklahoma, where, caught between theanti-drilling demands of the environmental community and … Read more »

Painters Union Endorses Crowley

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 9 announced today that they were backing Elizabeth Crowley in the heated primary to replace Gary Ackerman in a Congressional race in Queens. Ms. Crowley is a member of DC 9, and before entering the City Council in 2009 worked as a restorative painter. Read more … Read more »

For Wisconsin Crowd, Romney Invokes “Union Bosses”

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — Mitt Romney’s biggest applause line tonight was a hat tip to the movement to keep Governor Scott Walker in office, and an acknowledgement that his race is not the main attraction in recall-crazed Wisconsin. In his victory speech, Romney told a crowd at the Grain Exchange in Milwaukee that “Workers should have … Read more »

What does the health-care law mean to me?

If President Obama’s health-care law is upheld by the Supreme Court, it will change the way millions of Americans get health insurance — and require nearly everyone to have coverage by 2014 or pay a penalty. This tool estimates what the law could mean for your health coverage and taxes based on your income, family … Read more »