Political Action

Congressman Paul Ryan Challenged on Meet the Press

Addicting Info reports – Republican Congressman Paul Ryan was rattled Sunday on NBC’s Meet The Press when David Gregory showed the snippet from the President’s Inauguration speech, rebuking those that believe America is divided between makers and takers. David then showed a snippet where Ryan actually made the statement. Ryan visibly turned red and was immediately … Read more »

NY Times: Labor Sees Bright Spots in Membership Trends

From the New York Times — The American labor movement received some bitter news last week when theBureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on union membership – it showed a 398,000 overall decline in union membership, with the percentage of workers in unions dropping to 11.3 percent, the lowest rate in nearly a century. But some … Read more »

Protect American workers from exposure to silica on the job

For about 100 years workers have been dying from exposure to silica on the job. Silica can cause both lung disease (silicosis) and cancer. The government have been talking about regulating exposures ever since the 1940s and sponsored a campaign to prevent silicosis in the 1990s. OSHA has drafted a proposal to reduce silica exposures … Read more »

Progress Michigan: Sen. Colbeck Tells Koch-Funded Group RTW Passed Because of DeVos Funding

Sen. Colbeck Tells Koch-Funded Group RTW Passed Because of DeVos Funding Behind closed doors, Colbeck gives credit to billionaire “unsung hero” DeVos LANSING – Today citizens advocacy group Progress Michigan released audio from an Americans for Prosperity “Citizen Watchdog Training” where lawmakers and activists bragged about the circumstances surrounding passage of RTW in Michigan. Sen. … Read more »

Daily Kos: MSNBC Krystal Ball’s Timely Rant On Union Membership – Americans, Wake the F*ck up!

From Daily Kos: Krystal Ball gave an impassionate and prescient rant on unions on MSNBC’s, The Cycle. In her rant she urged citizens not to bask in the aspiration of President Obama’s speech. While the speech was a very progressive speech, she states that there is one issue that went unmentioned, the decline of the … Read more »

DOL Reports Union Membership on Decline

Wednesday, January 13 – The United States Department of Labor (DOL) reported today that in “2012, the union membership rate — the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of a union — 11.3 percent, down from 11.8 percent in 2011.” The report was released by the DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics and details union membership … Read more »

Statement by IUPAT General President James Williams on the Resignation of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

Statement by International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams on the Resignation of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Hanover, MD – January 10, 2013 — In my 35 years as a labor leader, no one in any other presidential administration has worked harder for working families than Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.  She … Read more »

Daily Beast: Organized Labor Has Been Hurting Since Well Before the Passage of Right to Work in Michigan

A sobering story from the Daily Beast: The recent passage of a right-to-work law in Michigan, once the beating heart of the union movement and its auto-industry base, will sharply curtail the ability of unions to charge dues to the workers they represent. It is just another in a long line of defeats for organized labor. … Read more »

Statement by IUPAT General President James Williams on the Nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

Statement by IUPAT General President James Williams on the Nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense On behalf of the men and women of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, I commend President Barack Obama on his nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to serve as our next secretary of defense. … Read more »

Two Months AFTER the IUPAT Sends Relief to Victims of Superstorm Sandy – Congress FINALLY Passes Legislation to Give Federal Aid

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Has Sent Over $60,000 in Aid Since November January 4, 2013 — The newly sworn in 113th Congress voted to grant aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy.  The $9 billion package passed on Friday is believed to be the first installment of what is projected to be full … Read more »