Political Action

WashPost: Koch-backed political network, designed to shield donors, raised $400 million in 2012

“The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of unrivaled complexity, built around a maze of groups that cloaks its donors, according to an analysis of new tax returns and other documents.” Read more at The Washington Post.

IUPAT Joins Fellow Labor Unions at Rally to Support Machinists in Seattle

On November 18, 2013, members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 5 joined a rally dubbed “Build it Here” in Seattle to thank and support members of Machinists Local 751 for standing strong in their efforts with Boeing to not only build its 777X airliner in Washington, but to do … Read more »

Will You Stand Up for Your Community This Holiday Season?

Our communities pay the price when Walmart understaffs their stores and underpays employees. As many as 825,000 Walmart workers are earning less than $25,000 a year because of Walmart’s low wages and inadequate hours. Many of these workers have no choice but to rely on public assistance to make ends meet. Workers have been speaking … Read more »

Building Trades Unions Applaud Senator Mark Warner’s Introduction of BRIDGE Act

WASHINGTON, DC – North America’s Building Trades Unions today offered congratulations and support on the introduction by US Senator Mark Warner of legislation that would establish a federal infrastructure bank. Senator Warner’s Building and Renewing Infrastructure for Development and Growth in Employment (BRIDGE) Act represents an earnest and long overdue attempt to address the twin … Read more »

ESQUIRE: Organized Labor Was The Real Winner This Election

The Walking Dead is the most popular show on television and, it seems, organized labor is following suit.  After being pronounced dead (again) in by pundits and media, organized labor is being credited for the outcome of several races and initiative votes on Election Day 2013.  Not so dead after all according to Esquire – … Read more »

Former DOL Secretary Reich Talks about Inequality for All

Here’s a great interview of Robert Reich, leading economist and former secretary of Labor for President Clinton.  In This interview on Moyers & Company he talks about his new documentary film, Inequality for All. Directed by Jacob Kornbluth, the film aims to be a game-changer in our national discussion of income inequality. Reich, who Time magazine called one of the … Read more »

Unions Will Save the Middle Class

We’ve done it before, we can do it again. Read the article HERE.

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From the BCTD: Construction Expert David Weil Nominated to Head DOL Wage and Hour Division

 The AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department reported that David Weil, a construction expert and CPWR (the Center for Construction Research and Training) Advisory Board member, has been nominated as administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour division.  This arm of the DOL is on the frontline in our fight against employee misclassification and … Read more »

POLITICO: Labor vows to give Democrats a jolt

Assembled here for the AFL-CIO’s quadrennial convention, less than a year after unions played a pivotal role in helping Democrats win a powerful popular victory in the 2012 presidential election, labor leaders from across the country voiced impatience and exasperation with national politicians whom they say take union members for granted. As a result, union … Read more »