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NPR: Construction Booming In Texas, But Many Workers Pay Dearly

Unfortunately, worker exploitation returns with the booming commercial construction industry in Texas. If wage theft is a nasty cousin of slavery, Tzintzun says there’s a deeper, more fundamental sickness affecting the Texas construction industry: the misclassification of construction workers as independent contractors instead of as employees. “We found that 41 percent of construction workers, regardless … Read more »

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive – Saturday, May 11, 2013

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.  Last year, 70,743,973 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected, making this the ninth consecutive year that collections topped the 70-million-pound mark, bringing the grand total to nearly 1.2 billion pounds collected since the … Read more »

WASH POST: AFL-CIO’s Trumka looks to remake U.S. labor movement

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has begun the charge to revitalize the labor movement.  Representatives of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades are a part of this campaign and we’re ready to do our part to build a bigger, better union workforce in America. From the Washington Post: “The labor movement is definitely in … Read more »

IUPAT and Labor Leaders Greet Montana Rep. Steve Daines at Power Facility

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, Montana Congressman Steve Daines visited Northwestern Energy’s Dave Gates Generating Station (DGGS) as a part of a two-week tour across the state to meet with “Montana businesses and key stakeholders in energy and resources based industries and conservation efforts,” according to a statement released by Daines’ office. He was welcomed … Read more »

USA TODAY: Florida Gov. Scott runs up white flag

Scott’s decision to expand Medicaid coverage in Florida is tantamount to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee deserting to the Army of the Potomac after the Battle of Gettysburg. Scott built his political career on opposition to the law, which Republicans call ObamaCare. It was the mantra of Scott’s election campaign and an obsession of the conservative administration he installed … Read more »

WASH POST: The Sequester: Absolutely everything you could possibly need to know, in one FAQ

The Washington Post gives some answers to some of the many questions people are asking about the Sequester and just what it really means for us all. At the end of the month, the dreaded sequester is set to take effect. Hands up if you know what exactly that means — and be honest. Don’t … Read more »

IUPAT General President Williams on State of the Union Address

Statement by International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams on President Obama’s State of the Union Address February 13, 2013 We’re pleased to see that creating jobs was the first priority addressed in President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night.  We applaud his proposed Fix-It-First and Partnership to Rebuild … Read more »

Florida Retirement System Is Sound; Changing It Would Cost Taxpayers More and Provide Retired Workers Less

Florida Retirement System Is Sound; Changing It Would Cost Taxpayers More and Provide Retired Workers Less Opponents of dramatic changes to public employees’ retirement benefits criticized proposals Wednesday that would unnecessarily cost taxpayers billions of dollars and leave firefighters, law enforcement officers and school employees with inadequate savings in their retirement years. “There’s no fire … Read more »

POLITICO: Business, labor leaders talk guest workers at White House

POLITICO covers a meeting about immigration reform and foreign workers at the White House with union and business leaders. President Barack Obama brought the debate over guest workers directly to the White House Tuesday, hosting advocates and business leaders in an effort to speed consensus for — and rally support against Republican calls to slow … Read more »

POLITICO: The NLRB’s uncertain state

From POLITICO —- The D.C. Circuit held that the three NLRB recess appointments were unconstitutional — and therefore, the board lacks the quorum it needs to conduct business. The ruling calls into doubt hundreds of recent rulings by the NLRB — perhaps as far back as the recess appointment of Craig Becker to the board … Read more »