Monthly Archives: October 2011

Cape Coral Q&A: Wally Ilcyszyn, President of the Local 2301 of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades

Formed in 1989, the Local 2301 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades or the “Blue Collar Union”, represents the bulk of those who work for the city of Cape Coral. I sat down with Wally recently to get his take on the past, current, and future labor relations within the city. Meeting … Read more »

Watch it Live on Facebook! Opening Remarks of the 7th Annual Finishing Industries Forum

WATCH IT LIVE on Facebook! On Monday, October 31 @ 11am EST, employers and leaders of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades are meeting at the 7th Annual LMCI Finishing Industries Forum. Our mission: Get the IUPAT and its signatory companies back to work! Watch the opening remarks of IUPAT General President James … Read more »

Ohio: IUPAT vows to get out the NO vote on Issue 2

IUPAT vows to get out the NO vote on Issue 2 This past week, Jim Watroba, business manager for IUPAT District Council 6, joined Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga and IUPAT members for a tele town hall meeting to discuss the need to vote NO on Issue 2/SB5 either now, through early voting, or on … Read more »

Off the Wall: Hard Sell? Faux-Concrete wallpaper Labors to Build Following

Enter the concept of “faux concrete” wallpaper and a company behind the idea, Concrete Wall of Norway. The product may be an option for those looking for a little more concrete in their lives, according to a recent entry in the Dornob Blog, which suggests the option of wallpaper that looks like concrete panels, masonry, … Read more »

The Case for the President’s Jobs Act

For all the political posturing and handicapping by pundits over President Obama’s American Jobs Act, too little attention is being paid to the economic costs if Congress fails to act on bold measures to spark job creation and growth over the next 12 to 18 months. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

CWA Files Response to Critics of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger with the FCC

Report outlines critical arguments on accelerated expansion of broadband access, narrowed digital divide and improved service quality Washington, DC-The Communications Workers of America filed a report, Blocking The AT&T/T-Mobile Merger will harm Consumers, Communities and the Economy, at the Federal Communications Commission as a response to criticisms and misstatements about the pending AT&T/T-Mobile merger. The report … Read more »

IUPAT California: Oct. 26 Court Hearing for San Clemente Picketing Law

Picketers march outside Eliot Schneider’s San Clemente home. The City Council has adopted an ordinance that would require picketing to be at least 200 feet from a residence being targeted. But enforcement of the law is being blocked by a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit filed by District Council 36 of the International Union … Read more »

Helping Building Trades Members Prepare for the Next Step in Their Careers

New Union Plus National Labor College Scholarships Helping Building Trades Members Prepare for the Next Step in Their Careers This October we’re introducing the Union Plus Building Trades President’s Award- a total of over $13,500 in scholarships to Building Trades union members who register for the National Labor College’s online degree programs. Starting with the … Read more »

First Certified Laminate Inspectors Announced

A total of 126 laminate flooring inspectors have earned professional certification from the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA), making them the first in the industry to complete the inaugural course exclusively dedicated to quality laminate flooring. Read more at Floor Covering Installer.

Republican Presidential Debate puts Herman Cain to Test

LAS VEGAS – The near-weekly ritual of Republican presidential debates took a raucous turn Tuesday night as the unsettled field of candidates ganged up on one another in a series of attacks more intense and personal than any in their previous appearances together. Read more at The Washington Post.