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Democrat Vies for Union Vote

BRAINTREE, Mass.—Elizabeth Warren bounded to the front of a union meeting hall here last week and delivered a message tailored for the crowd. Dad was a maintenance man, said the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, a Harvard Law School professor and consumer-finance watchdog. She once taught public school—”can we hear it for public-school teachers!”—and her brother … Read more »

Big Labor’s big moment

For years Big Labor has been looking small, but it doesn’t feel that way now. Unions won an Ohio referendum overturning Gov. John Kasich’s effort to restrict collective bargaining for government employees. They built a recall campaign that could still knock Republican Scott Walker out of the governor’s mansion in Maple Bluff, Wis. And on Tuesday night, … Read more »

VIDEO – Illinois Gov. Quinn: Don’t Listen To Scott Walker If You Want Jobs

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn joins Ed Schultz to discuss the state of the Illinois and Wisconsin economies. “Wisconsin’s dead last in job growth,” Quinn said. “Don’t listen to Scott Walker if you want to get jobs in your state, and we sure haven’t listened to him. We believe in our workers. We have skilled, educated … Read more »

2 House Democrats Defeated After Opposing Health Law

WASHINGTON — The defeat of two conservative House Democrats by more liberal opponents in Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary illustrates the strong hold the new health care law still has over committed Democratic voters and foreshadows an even more polarized Congress next year in the aftermath of the latest round of redistricting. Read more at The New York Times.

ALEC’s alienating political agenda

For an organization devoted to building coalitions, the American Legislative Exchange Council has seen a lot of partners hit the road recently. Close to a dozen companies have withdrawn from ALEC after recent public pressure, and The New York Times reported Sunday on a new trove of documents that detail ALEC’s aggressive lobbying activities despite … Read more »

Poll Frames Rivals’ Strengths

President Barack Obama’s efforts to project himself as a protector of the middle class have strengthened him for the general election, while Mitt Romney has gained traction with his argument that he can improve the economy, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

US CEO Pay Rises 14% Amid Investor Discontent: Study

Compensation of top executives at publicly traded companies rose by 14 percent on average in 2011, a sharp slowdown from the prior year amid growing shareholder pressure on pay and performance, the AFL-CIO said in a report on Thursday. The results demonstrate that shareholders are beginning to focus on executive pay and corporate boards are … Read more »

VIDEO: A Tribute to Mark H. Ayers

After his sudden passing on Easter Sunday April 8, 2012 – the union construction industry is struggling to make sense of it all.  This video highlights the life and legacy of Mark H. Ayers.  We will miss you brother. God Bless.

Workers of the World Divide

Since the middle of the last century, the American labor movement has been in steady decline. In the early 1950s, around one-third of the United States’ total labor force was unionized. Today, just one-tenth remains so. Unionization of the private sector is even lower, at five percent. Over the last few decades, unions’ influence has … Read more »

IUPAT General President James Williams on America’s Workforce Radio

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams talks politics Obama, Romney and Biden on America’s Workforce Radio.