Monthly Archives: May 2012

Beaulieu restructures leadership

[Dalton] The Beaulieu Group continues to fine-tune its organization with several new executive assignments designed to strengthen the business and position it for future growth. Ralph Boe, who continues in his leadership role as CEO over the entire Beaulieu Group dba Beaulieu of America, said, “This new executive structure will allow us to better harness the … Read more »

Centered on Solutions: Avoiding Project Overruns Through Better Management (Part 1)

An estimator’s responsibility is really that of sales. The takeoff and pricing completed by the estimator are intended to cover all of the known costs for the sole purpose of securing the contract. Generally speaking there is a very short amount of time to gather all of the necessary information available and complete the work … Read more »

Dow Coating Materials Says New Tool Facilitates Reduced-TiO2 Reformulations

Dow Coating Materials (Philadelphia) announced the launch of a reformulation tool, the Dow Hiding OpTiO2nizer™, reported to facilitate the calculation of coating reformulations using less titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment. Read more at DURABILITY + DESIGN.

ICC Code Hearings Wraps up With Decisions on Fenestration Assembly, Vertical Glass and Glass in Walkways

The International Code Council (ICC) reviewed several proposed changes to the International Building Code (IBC) related to exterior window and door assemblies, vertical glass and glass in walkways during its code development hearings held last week and through the weekend in Dallas. Among those approved were proposals related to allowable stress design in the exterior … Read more »

Contractor Pleads Guilty to Defrauding NYC Painters Local Benefit Fund

Francis Mazzella couldn’t quite overcome his old temptation of getting on the take. Nominally the owner of an electrical services contracting firm, he pleaded guilty on February 27 in Brooklyn federal court to defrauding a benefit fund of a Queens, N.Y.-based union, Metal Polishers Local 8A-28A, an affiliate of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), … Read more »

On C-SPAN: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Newsmakers

FROM C-SPAN: Job numbers for April came out Friday, showing the U.S. unemployment rate at 8.1 percent.  A total of one hundred and fifteen thousand jobs were added to the job market last month. On this week’s “Newsmakers,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discusses these numbers and what that means for America’s workers. He also talks … Read more »

President Obama at the AFL-CIO BCTD Legislative Conference

From This video contains highlights from President Barack Obama’s speech at the Building and Construction Trades Department’s 2012 Legislative Conference. The speech was given at the Washington Hilton on Monday, April 30th and has naturally garnered plenty of online attention.

Mark Pocan, IUPAT Member and Candidate for Congress in Wisconsin, Addresses BCTD Conference

On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, IUPAT member Mark Pocan addressed the delegates of this year’s AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department Legislative Conference.  An annual event that draws union political activists from around the country to learn more about the issues in this year’s election, hone the skills that make them good activists and rally … Read more »


From the AFL-CIO: ACCORDING TO NEW REPORT ON WORKER SAFETY AND HEALTH (Washington, May 2) – In 2010, 4,690 workers were killed on the job – an average of 13 workers every day – and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases, according to a new AFL-CIO report, “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect.” … Read more »