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POLITICO: Business, labor leaders talk guest workers at White House

POLITICO covers a meeting about immigration reform and foreign workers at the White House with union and business leaders. President Barack Obama brought the debate over guest workers directly to the White House Tuesday, hosting advocates and business leaders in an effort to speed consensus for — and rally support against Republican calls to slow … Read more »

The New York Times: Workers of the World, Sit Tight

The New York Times covers an interesting case study in labor management relations to keep union jobs: As a union steward, Newcomb feared that unless something changed, the plant would shut down and everyone would lose his job. So in the mid-’90s, his union asked management to attend its High Performance Work Organization Partnership program, … Read more »

IUPAT Wins MMA Smarties Award for Mobile Messaging

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) took home silver and gold in The Mobile Marketing Association’s 2012 Smarties Awards for its mobile job alerts program. Thousands of IUPAT members have found more work through this text messaging program since its launch in 2011. The program uses the unique Mobilize text messaging platform … Read more »

NY Times: Labor Sees Bright Spots in Membership Trends

From the New York Times — The American labor movement received some bitter news last week when theBureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on union membership – it showed a 398,000 overall decline in union membership, with the percentage of workers in unions dropping to 11.3 percent, the lowest rate in nearly a century. But some … Read more »

Protect American workers from exposure to silica on the job

For about 100 years workers have been dying from exposure to silica on the job. Silica can cause both lung disease (silicosis) and cancer. The government have been talking about regulating exposures ever since the 1940s and sponsored a campaign to prevent silicosis in the 1990s. OSHA has drafted a proposal to reduce silica exposures … Read more »

Progress Michigan: Sen. Colbeck Tells Koch-Funded Group RTW Passed Because of DeVos Funding

Sen. Colbeck Tells Koch-Funded Group RTW Passed Because of DeVos Funding Behind closed doors, Colbeck gives credit to billionaire “unsung hero” DeVos LANSING – Today citizens advocacy group Progress Michigan released audio from an Americans for Prosperity “Citizen Watchdog Training” where lawmakers and activists bragged about the circumstances surrounding passage of RTW in Michigan. Sen. … Read more »

Daily Kos: MSNBC Krystal Ball’s Timely Rant On Union Membership – Americans, Wake the F*ck up!

From Daily Kos: Krystal Ball gave an impassionate and prescient rant on unions on MSNBC’s, The Cycle. In her rant she urged citizens not to bask in the aspiration of President Obama’s speech. While the speech was a very progressive speech, she states that there is one issue that went unmentioned, the decline of the … Read more »

Herald News: Local painters use Fall River’s Big Mamie as their training ground

FALL RIVER, MA — Masked men are deep inside the Battleship Massachusetts, scraping her skin with steel blades and files. It is a thing of beauty to Kenneth Preble, the man in charge of keeping Big Mamie afloat. “It is just great to get help, plus they know what they are doing,” Preble said. “They get … Read more »

Members of IUPAT DC 9 in NYC Lose Dear Friend and Sister

New York City — IUPAT District Council 9 suffered an unimaginable loss on January 23, 2013 with the passing of our beloved sister, Teri Muroff. For more than 20 years, Teri has been the glue that held us together. Starting in our Health and Safety Department and later serving as the special assistant to two … Read more »

DOL Reports Union Membership on Decline

Wednesday, January 13 — The United States Department of Labor (DOL) reported today that in “2012, the union membership rate — the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of a union — 11.3 percent, down from 11.8 percent in 2011.” The report was released by the DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics and details union membership … Read more »