Monthly Archives: April 2012

VIDEO: A Tribute to Mark H. Ayers

After his sudden passing on Easter Sunday April 8, 2012 – the union construction industry is struggling to make sense of it all.  This video highlights the life and legacy of Mark H. Ayers.  We will miss you brother. God Bless.

Workers of the World Divide

Since the middle of the last century, the American labor movement has been in steady decline. In the early 1950s, around one-third of the United States’ total labor force was unionized. Today, just one-tenth remains so. Unionization of the private sector is even lower, at five percent. Over the last few decades, unions’ influence has … Read more »

House passes Keystone XL pipeline – again

It’s the issue that simply refuses to die. House Republicans wrote a new chapter in the long-running debate over the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday by approving it as part of a 90-day extension of surface transportation law. Read more at POLITICO.

IUPAT General President James Williams on America’s Workforce Radio

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams talks politics Obama, Romney and Biden on America’s Workforce Radio.

Labor chief laments worker ‘mismatch’

The “mismatch” between worker skills and those required for available jobs is perhaps the biggest challenge these days for industry and organized labor, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. “The jobs of today and the jobs of tomorrow will require worker training,” she said. “Our long-term prosperity depends on training workers.” … Read more »

WI Lt. Gov: Unions ‘weaponized’ recall

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is charging that unions have “weaponized” the recall election in Wisconsin, but she says she’s determined to win her battle and protect Gov. Scott Walker from dealing with an organized labor “boss” who will undermine him at every turn over the next two years. Read more at POLITICO.

Former IUPAT GVP Sean McGarvey Elected to Head of Building Trades Department

On Monday, April 16, the Governing Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) unanimously voted to install Sean McGarvey as its next president.  It was a somber vote as this action comes just over one week after former BCTD President Mark Ayers’ unexpected passing from a heart attack.  McGarvey served … Read more »

Wisconsin Lt. Gov: Stop union ‘take over’

The defeat of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his deputy in the upcoming June recall election would allow a union “takeover” of the state government, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch warned on Monday. Read more at POLITICO.

Congrats to LU 106 Member John Fontaine on Retirement!

Congratulations to John Fontaine, member of Local Union 106 in Duluth, Minnesota, on receiving his first pension check!  Shown here, IUPAT Pension Fund Administrator Gary Meyers (right) has the honor of presenting the check to Brother Fontaine.

Romney mum on labor leaks

The GOP candidate has not fired an advisor who allegedly received leaked docs from a member of the NLRB It’s been almost three weeks since the release of a National Labor Relations Board Inspector General report finding that Republican NLRB member Terence Flynn violated ethics rules. Since then, members of Congress from both parties have said the … Read more »