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Super Tuesday sets up long slog to GOP nomination

(CBS News) Growing weary of the battle for the GOP presidential nomination? Tough luck. Rick Santorum’s relatively strong night on Super Tuesday- as of this story, he won three states and came within a percentage point of a win in the closely-watched contest in Ohio – means that Mitt Romney has missed a huge chance to … Read more »

IUPAT Member Mark Pocan – Special Needs Scholarship Program (AB 110) was written by ALEC

Mark Pocan illustrated how ALEC is working to erode our public education and specifically how this bill was clearly written by them.  

Gov. John Kasich’s union offensive could cost the GOP in Ohio

Kasich is beloved by many conservatives for keeping his promise to cut the state’s deficit, but he also signed into law a bill, SB 5, that took away collective bargaining rights from public employees. That law was repealed by voters in a November referendum by a 2-to-1 margin. Jay McDonald, president of Ohio’s Fraternal Order … Read more »

Judge: Gov’t can require union posters at work

A federal judge ruled Friday that the National Labor Relations Board can require most private businesses to put up posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union. But U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson limited how the board can enforce the requirement. She said simply failing to display the new NLRB … Read more »

St. Louis trade leaders decry plan to shift NLRB leadership to Kansas City

A proposal to consolidate the St. Louis office of the National Labor Relations Board is drawing fire from area organized labor officials who fear the plan will curtail one of the busiest regional mediation agencies in the nation. The NLRB in a memo sent last week said it is considering a pilot program that would merge the … Read more »

Democratic Governors Association White Paper – Jobs. Opportunity. Now.

Introduction Our nation is in a fight for our economic future.  As states across the nation grapple with the lasting effects of this great economic recession, Democratic governors and Labor unions have been focused on expanding opportunity and accelerating the jobs recovery. Democratic governors and Labor unions both understand that a modern economy requires continued … Read more »

Bill Clinton on Keystone XL pipeline: ‘Embrace’ it

Bill  Clinton says it’s time to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Speaking at an Energy Department conference in Maryland on Wednesday,  the former president said he was surprised the project has gotten as gummed up  as it has, laying the blame on pipeline builder TransCanada. Read more at POLITICO.

Romney Wins, the Middle Class Loses

A month ago, the state was rated a tossup in this November’s general election. But after voters got a taste of the Republican field, Michigan seems to be on President Obama’s side of the ledger, along with Wisconsin. Both elected Republican governors in 2010, but large numbers of blue-collar voters have turned away from the … Read more »

Shipyard offering new apprentice positions for tribal members, vets

Chris Winters, business representative for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, told a gathering of economic development officials Tuesday that the program will continue a long tradition at Martinac. Read more at The News Tribune.

Campaigning for Reelection: Grimm Scores Painters’ Union Endorsement

Earlier today, GOP Congessman Michael Grimm received his first endorsement as he campaigns for his second term in the House — and it came from a more Democratic-leaning group too, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. “Congressman Grimm has proven to us since his election to the House of Representatives that he is … Read more »