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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 Close to a dozen companies have withdrawn from ALEC after recent public pressure, and The New York Times reported Sunday on a new trove of documents that detail ALEC’s aggressive lobbying activities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.

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 »

Wisconsin Lt. Gov: Stop union ‘take over’

The defeat of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his deputy in the upcoming June recall election would allow a union “takeover” of the state government, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch warned on Monday. Read more at POLITICO.