Brewer Distances Herself From Arizona’s Anti-Union Bills

Gov. Jan Brewer distanced herself on Friday from a series of Republican proposals in the Arizona Senate that could devastate organized labor in her state, saying she was never consulted on them and has other priorities. The popular Republican had remained silent on the matter since the bills were introduced on Monday, but her chief … Read more »

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The purpose of long primaries

Yes, primaries can be tough and bruising. That’s what they should be. Primaries are not only for choosing a great candidate. They are for making a candidate great. Read more at POLITICO.

Infrastructure’s long, long road

The road to passing Speaker John Boehner’s energy and infrastructure bill looks to be as bumpy as the highways it’s trying to fix. GOP leaders insist they will bring their energy-expanding and road-building plan to the floor this month, but it’s clear they have a ways to go before uniting the Republican Conference. And thanks … Read more »

Voter frustration makes for tumultuous GOP primary

The American people, a small slice of them, have spoken, and they are none too pleased. The rest are yet to be heard, as the men who would be president march West, to caucuses Saturday in Nevada, where the unemployment rate is 13 percent, and then to Colorado and Minnesota on Tuesday. Read more at … Read more »

Employers added 243,000 jobs in January, pushing unemployment rate down to 8.3 percent

WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate fell for the fifth straight month after a surge of January hiring, a promising shift in the nation’s outlook for job growth. The Labor Department says employers added 243,000 jobs in January, the most in nine months. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent from 8.5 percent in December. That’s … Read more »

Light at Tunnel’s End? Survey Projects Growth in Non-residential Construction

The survey, 2012 Construction Industry Forecast, conducted by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Inc., reported the “optimism quotient”—the survey’s primary benchmark for measuring contractor and equipment  distributor sentiment—at 114 for 2012, an increase from 96 a year earlier. Read more at DURABILITY+DESIGN.

IUPAT FL: Staffers union OKs deal with Brevard school district

The tentative agreement, reached Monday, with International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 1010, which represents employees such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers, includes a step increase or a one-time bonus for some employees. Read more at FloridaToday.com.

Where’s the Data? Call for Standards Issued at Coatings Symposium

Architects, construction specifiers and building owners are shortchanged on comprehensive, objective technical information about the properties and performance characteristics of architectural paint and coatings when faced with the task of evaluating and specifying such materials. That was a central message delivered Tuesday during the opening program presentation at the SSPC Commercial Coatings and Flooring Symposium, … Read more »

IUPAT CA: Unions Elated Facebook Would Hire Locals

Union members from all over the Bay Area packed Menlo Park’s Council Chambers Tuesday to say they support the construction of Facebook. Tony Tofani, business representative for District Council 16 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, said what the economy needs is to put people to work. “We want to make sure … Read more »