Monthly Archives: April 2012

Obama to Make Case for ‘Buffett Rule’

WASHINGTON — Previewing the message that President Obama will take to Florida on Tuesday, his economic team released a brief report making the case for his “Buffett Rule,” a proposal that would ensure the wealthiest Americans pay at least 30 percent of their income in federal taxes. Read more at The New York Times.

The President, Gas Prices and the Pipeline

Like every president seeking re-election, Barack Obama walks the fine line every day between the discordant goals of motivating his party’s strongest loyalists and reaching out to swing voters for their support. A few weeks ago, that pathway took him to a tiny town in Oklahoma, where, caught between theanti-drilling demands of the environmental community and … Read more »

BCTD President Mark Ayers Dies

We are saddened to report that the labor movement lost a great leader on Easter Sunday. AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department President Mark Ayers died of a heart attack at age 63. “Mark was a unifying force for not only the Building Trades, but the rest of the labor movement as well,” said IUPAT … Read more »

BCTD Statement on the Passing of Mark H. Ayers, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO issued the following statement today on the passing of its President, Mark H. Ayers: It is with deep sadness that the Building and Construction Trades Department announces the sudden and untimely passing of its President, Mark H. Ayers, on April … Read more »

PPG and Canada’s Argex Announce TiO2 Pigment Development Agreement

PPG Industries Inc. announced a technical-collaboration agreement with Montreal-based Argex Mining Inc. to develop titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments for use in paint and coatings products. Read more at DURABILITY+DESIGN.

‘It’s Not Just the Weather,’ AGC Says of Construction-Spending Thaw

Construction spending in February topped the previous year’s totals by 5.8% as a double-digit increase in private construction offset a small drop in public-sector spending, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) reported in an analysis of Census Bureau data. The gains occurred despite a 1.1% decrease in spending from January to February and a … Read more »

Company Payrolls in U.S. Grow by Estimated 209,000 Workers

April 4 (Bloomberg) — Companies in the U.S. expanded payrolls in March, showing the labor market is strengthening, according to data from a private report based on payrolls. Employment increased by 209,000 for the month after a revised 230,000 gain in February, figures from ADP Employer Services showed today. The median estimate in the Bloomberg … Read more »

CBO Glass Faces Lawsuit

The International Painters and Allied Trades Industry Pension Fund has filed a suit against CBO Glass of Alden, N.Y., and two of the company’s officials, Gilbert DiMaio, president and CEO, and Paul F. Hogan, principal, alleging that the company has “failed to pay amounts due under the Labor Contracts, Trust Agreements and Plan.” The suit was filed … Read more »

Painters Union Endorses Crowley

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 9 announced today that they were backing Elizabeth Crowley in the heated primary to replace Gary Ackerman in a Congressional race in Queens. Ms. Crowley is a member of DC 9, and before entering the City Council in 2009 worked as a restorative painter. Read more … Read more »

For Wisconsin Crowd, Romney Invokes “Union Bosses”

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — Mitt Romney’s biggest applause line tonight was a hat tip to the movement to keep Governor Scott Walker in office, and an acknowledgement that his race is not the main attraction in recall-crazed Wisconsin. In his victory speech, Romney told a crowd at the Grain Exchange in Milwaukee that “Workers should have … Read more »