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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 »

WNY Labor Today: Seventy Tompkins Community Action Employees Vote To Unionize With Buffalo-Headquartered International Union Of Painters & Allied Trades/District Council 4

From WNY Labor Today: TCA Workers Say Union “Will Give Them The Ability To Achieve Their Goals Of A More Just and Democratic Workplace”, IUPAT DC 4 Business Manager Mark Stevens Says Workers Reached Out For Representation, Adds His Union Looks Forward To Representing Them Published in WNY Labor Today on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 … Read more »

New Union Cooperative Partners With TopSource LLC to Drive Down Purchasing Costs

BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The newly formed Cooperative for Union Services and Products (CUSP) announced its recent partnership with TopSource LLC, a Boston-based sourcing company that assists companies in managing procurement costs across hundreds of indirect products and services. TopSource provides significant savings to an extensive customer base primarily through its aggregated sourcing technique. … Read more »

Statement by IUPAT General President James Williams on the Resignation of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

Statement by International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams on the Resignation of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Hanover, MD – January 10, 2013 — In my 35 years as a labor leader, no one in any other presidential administration has worked harder for working families than Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.  She … Read more »