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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 »

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 »

Walls & Ceilings – 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 »

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 »

U.S. Battles Home Builder Over Pay Probe

The Labor Department has stepped up pressure on PulteGroup Inc. in what has become a nasty battle between the Michigan-based home builder and the Obama administration over an investigation into the housing industry’s pay practices. The main issue in the investigation, say people familiar with the matter, is whether brick layers, carpenters, laborers and other … Read more »

Hot Industry for Start-Ups: Construction?

One usually thinks of start-ups as cutting-edge. But it turns out the hottest growth area for new businesses isn’t so sexy: It’s construction. More entrepreneurs are setting up construction companies, according to a report released earlier this week. The increase comes as construction workers who lost their jobs during the slump in the housing market … Read more »

PPG Launches Web Locale for Professional Paint Solutions and Support

The new site is designed for professionals including architects, specifiers, contractors, and residential painters, and offers information and resources relevant to their needs, the company says. Organized into five professional segments—commercial, new home, multi-family, industrial, and residential—the site offers targeted content, such as most popular products, key services and support, color tools, and ecological solutions, … Read more »

EPI – State-level data confirm nationwide recovery

State level data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that most states have been experiencing the steady progress towards economic recovery that we have been seeing nationally. Over the three-month period from October 2011 to January 2012, every state except New York experienced a reduction in its unemployment rate (New York’s rate … Read more »

Roll On

Ames Taping Tools has collected a few tricks of the trade to help make taping less of a sticky situation. The goal of every professional finisher is to maximize finish quality and board feet while minimizing effort and eliminating callbacks. Fortunately, there are dozens of tricks, shortcuts and trade secrets that have been developed by … Read more »

January construction spending first drop in 6 months

Construction spending fell in January for the first time in six months as companies cut investment in buildings and the federal government scaled back projects, the Commerce Department said. Read more at Reuters.