Monthly Archives: September 2011

$5 Million Bridge Painting up for Bid

Bids will be accepted Sept. 9 for painting and related work on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers swing bridge in Rock Island, IL – a painting contract valued at up to $5 million. The project involves touch-up painting on multiple parts of a Rock Island Arsenal steel bridge, known as Structure 320, that is … Read more »

Want to Support One of Our IUPAT Own in the Next Congressional Elections? Move to Wisconsin!

Milwaukee – On Tuesday, September 6, IUPAT member and Wisconsin State Representative Mark Pocan declared his candidacy for for the seat of U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin. Baldwin is vacating her seat to run for the U.S. Senate. Pocan, an IUPAT member of District Council 7/Local Union 770 in Milwaukee since 1990, promised the crowd that … Read more »

Obama Ratings Sing to New Lows as Hope Fades

Public pessimism about the direction of the country has jumped to its highest level in nearly three years, erasing the sense of hope that followed President Obama’s inauguration and pushing his approval ratings to a record low, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read more at The Washington Post.

Union Man

Scott Duhamel didn’t become a labor activist the usual way. An aspiring film and music critic, Duhamel began painting houses strictly as a day job while he was a regular on Providence’s cultural scene. He joined the painter’s union mainly to avoid embarrassing his dad, a longtime union man who got him an interview. Read … Read more »

Labor’s Struggles: A Report From the Front

From 1997 until last week, Wilma Liebman served on the front lines of the labor-management wars. As a member and then chairwoman of the National Labor Relations Board, which polices workplace laws and unionization drives, she had a unique vantage point to witness organized labor’s fortunes wax and wane – but mostly wane. Read more … Read more »