Monthly Archives: March 2012

Illinois primary: Romney wins GOP contest

Mitt Romney won the GOP presidential primary in Illinois on Tuesday, walloping rival Rick Santorum in a key state whose voters are a bellwether for Republicans nationwide. With close to 99 percent of precincts reporting, Romney was leading Santorum by almost 12 percentage points, and victory would allow him to extend his already-imposing lead in the race for delegates. Read more at The Washington Post.

Madison Politiscope: Falk, Vinehout talk up their ties to working Wisconsinites

State Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, put his membership in the Union of Painters and Allied Trades front-and-center of his speech, joking that Washington could use a little “union thug.” “Forty-seven percent of Congress are millionaires,” he said. “There are only five members of Congress who are union members.” Read more at The Cap Times.

Staffers: House won’t pass highway bill this month

The House will not take up the Senate’s transportation bill and its own version won’t hit the floor until mid-April at the earliest, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee aides told industry officials Thursday morning. Democrats on both sides of the Capitol are ramping up their pressure on the House after the Senate approved a two-year, $109 … Read more »

Labor’s lost love for Obama returns

The AFL-CIO became the latest major union to support Obama’s reelection when it endorsed him this week, and the president’s rousing speech at a United Auto Workers assembly last month was punctuated with chants of “four more years!” Vice President Joe Biden weighed in Thursday in Ohio with a raucous union-hall speech to the Toledo … Read more »

Obama/Biden 2012 – The Road We’ve Traveled

This film gives an inside look at some of the tough calls President Obama made to get our country back on track. Featuring interviews from President Bill Clinton, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Elizabeth Warren, David Axelrod, Austan Goolsbee, and more. It’s a film everyone should see.

NPR – Obama Wins Backing Of AFL-CIO

On Tuesday, President Obama received the endorsement of the nation’s largest organized labor organization, the AFL-CIO. Collective bargaining has been under attack in several states, which has drained union resources. But labor leaders say that’s made them more determined than ever to keep Obama in the White House. Listen to the story via NPR HERE. … Read more »

Journey Women Painters Honored by Job Corps

Success stories are hard to resist, and this one is no exception.  Especially because this particular story is about not one, not two, but three young women who have found a bigger and better life thanks to the U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps Program and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT).  … Read more »

EPI – State-level data confirm nationwide recovery

State level data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that most states have been experiencing the steady progress towards economic recovery that we have been seeing nationally. Over the three-month period from October 2011 to January 2012, every state except New York experienced a reduction in its unemployment rate (New York’s rate … Read more »

Reclaim Wisconsin Rally in Madison, WI

On March 10, 2012, more than 62,000 marched on Wisconsin’s State Capitol in Madison to commemorate the one year anniversary of ‘Act 10′, enacted by Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin State Legislature, stripping the collective bargaining rights of public sector employees. Wisconsinites are more united than ever in our fight to recall the governor … Read more »

New 100% Solids Epoxy Protects Pipeline

Carboline Co. has introduced Polyclad 975, an advanced, 100% solids epoxy coating designed for corrosion protection of buried steel and ductile iron pipeline exteriors, girth welds or tie-ins. “We are very excited about this technology, because it has excellent cathodic disbondment resistance, making it ideal for long-term protection needed for oil and gas pipelines,” said … Read more »