Monthly Archives: June 2012

Supreme Court Upholds the Health Care Reform Law

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this morning upholding the Affordable Care Act. We are pleased and relieved that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.  Today’s decision means that we can continue moving full speed ahead to implement and build upon the Affordable … Read more »

Single-family housing starts rise

Single-family housing production increased for a third consecutive month and builders pulled more permits for both single- and multifamily construction in May, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. Read more at Floor Covering Weekly.

Single Sourcing for Glass Shops–The Good and the Bad

If you buy all of your IG from one vendor, you are setting yourself up for trouble.  Your fabricator may give you great service, pricing so low you don’t believe it, and have movie stars for truck drivers.  But on that fifth Tuesday in April, they are going to have a power outage, and you … Read more »

The Drywall Dilemma: Lessons Learned from the School of Finish Failures

In reality, the blame has to be assigned in part to materials that have changed since the guidance document’s origination some 20-plus years ago. Other factors also are at play, which we’ll get to shortly. These projects are of interest because they all had one common denominator: the finishes specified for the drywall system were … Read more »

Romney stirs up challenge on unions’ own turf

Mitt Romney has pushed the 2012 electoral battleground into union-friendly territory — putting organized labor on the defensive in states it typically has little trouble holding. Read more at The Washington Times.

High Court Decision A Blow To Public Sector Unions

In a blow for public sector labor unions, the Supreme Court ruled that non-members — who are required to pay dues in closed shops — do not have to pay special assessments to finance the union’s political activities. The Justices said the First Amendment requires an opt-in system. Read more at NPR.org.

We Asked, You Told Us: Your Favorite Made in America Items

From the AFL-CIO — When we asked about your favorite Made in America items, dozens and dozens of you responded. Topping the list of favorites? Slugger baseball bats, Miller beer and anything sweet and/or chocolate—Oreos, Hershey Kisses and Russell Stovers. Buicks and all U.S.-made cars, and a variety of guns—Rugers, Remingtons, Smith & Wessons—and ammo … Read more »

What happens if America loses its unions

What would America look like without a union movement? That’s not a hard question to answer, because we’re almost at that point. The rate of private-sector unionization has fallen below 7 percent, from a post-World War II high of roughly 40 percent. Already, the economic effects of a union-free America are glaringly apparent: an economically stagnant or downwardly … Read more »

Union-Busting Is As Easy As ABC (the Associated Builders and Contractors)

In American labor history, the Associated Builders and Contractors—well-known in the building trades as just ABC but little-known elsewhere—played a key role in unleashing the anti-union juggernaut of the past half century. And a new report by Thomas J. Kriger, a labor studies professor at the National Labor College, provides an informative look at just what … Read more »

Can Mitt Romney match Wisconsin’s Scott Walker?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker provided a template for Republicans looking ahead to the presidential race with his victory in Tuesday’s recall election: big money, powerful organization and enormous enthusiasm among his base. Can Mitt Romney match that in November? Read more at The Washington Post.