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IUPAT DC 9 Member Featured in Huff Post: A Day in the Life of a Woman in Construction

Most leaders in the labor movement realize the importance of advancing the role of women in the workplace, and that’s especially true in the construction unions.  Each year, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California and the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department sponsor the Women’s Building California and the Nation Conference in … Read more »

IUPAT General President Williams on State of the Union Address

Statement by International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams on President Obama’s State of the Union Address February 13, 2013 We’re pleased to see that creating jobs was the first priority addressed in President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night.  We applaud his proposed Fix-It-First and Partnership to Rebuild … Read more »

Florida Retirement System Is Sound; Changing It Would Cost Taxpayers More and Provide Retired Workers Less

Florida Retirement System Is Sound; Changing It Would Cost Taxpayers More and Provide Retired Workers Less Opponents of dramatic changes to public employees’ retirement benefits criticized proposals Wednesday that would unnecessarily cost taxpayers billions of dollars and leave firefighters, law enforcement officers and school employees with inadequate savings in their retirement years. “There’s no fire … Read more »

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 »