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The Rich Get Even Richer

NEW statistics show an ever-more-startling divergence between the fortunes of the wealthy and everybody else — and the desperate need to address this wrenching problem. Even in a country that sometimes seems inured to income inequality, these takeaways are truly stunning. Read more at The New York Times.

Vegas IUPAT Member SkyJumps for Boy Scouts of America

Watch Jack Mallory, assistant business manager/secretary-treasurer and director of Government Affairs for IUPAT District Council 15 in Las Vegas, take a jump off the Stratosphere (follow this link to take a look at just how tall the stratosphere is) to benefit the Boy Scouts of America.

Keystone XL pipeline: President Obama vows to cut through red tape

On his energy tour across America, President Barack Obama can’t seem to win for losing. During a stop Thursday in Oklahoma, Obama announced the administration would “cut through the red tape” for the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline — disappointing environmentalists who had counted it a victory when the president denied a permit for the project’s full, Canada-to-Texas … Read more »

America’s Building Trades Unions Applaud Presidential Initiative to Expedite Construction of Southern Portion of Keystone Pipeline

America’s Building Trades Unions Applaud Presidential Initiative to Expedite Construction of Southern Portion of Keystone Pipeline  Mark H. Ayers, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department, issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s trip to Cushing, Oklahoma:  “America’s Building Trades Unions today offers its collective appreciation to President Obama for his decision today … Read more »

Romney credits Bush, Wall St. bailout for avoiding depression

Mitt Romney offered an unprompted defense of the 2008 Wall Street bailout on Wednesday, crediting President George W. Bush and the preceding administration for averting an economic depression. Answering a question during a campaign event in Maryland, Romney both condemned the 2009 bailout of troubled automakers engineered by President Obama while praising the Troubled Asset … Read more »

As Obama Picks Up Union Endorsements, a Debate on Labor’s Role in 2012 Campaign

Democracy NOW! Watch the discussion here…

Illinois primary: Romney wins GOP contest

Mitt Romney won the GOP presidential primary in Illinois on Tuesday, walloping rival Rick Santorum in a key state whose voters are a bellwether for Republicans nationwide. With close to 99 percent of precincts reporting, Romney was leading Santorum by almost 12 percentage points, and victory would allow him to extend his already-imposing lead in the race for delegates. Read more at The Washington Post.

Madison Politiscope: Falk, Vinehout talk up their ties to working Wisconsinites

State Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, put his membership in the Union of Painters and Allied Trades front-and-center of his speech, joking that Washington could use a little “union thug.” “Forty-seven percent of Congress are millionaires,” he said. “There are only five members of Congress who are union members.” Read more at The Cap Times.

Staffers: House won’t pass highway bill this month

The House will not take up the Senate’s transportation bill and its own version won’t hit the floor until mid-April at the earliest, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee aides told industry officials Thursday morning. Democrats on both sides of the Capitol are ramping up their pressure on the House after the Senate approved a two-year, $109 … Read more »

Labor’s lost love for Obama returns

The AFL-CIO became the latest major union to support Obama’s reelection when it endorsed him this week, and the president’s rousing speech at a United Auto Workers assembly last month was punctuated with chants of “four more years!” Vice President Joe Biden weighed in Thursday in Ohio with a raucous union-hall speech to the Toledo … Read more »