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Unions Target New Ohio Law

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Labor unions are making their biggest campaign stand of 2011 in Ohio, hoping to steal momentum from efforts nationally to scale back union rights by decisively defeating a law here limiting public-employee bargaining. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

Cape Coral Q&A: Wally Ilcyszyn, President of the Local 2301 of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades

Formed in 1989, the Local 2301 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades or the “Blue Collar Union”, represents the bulk of those who work for the city of Cape Coral. I sat down with Wally recently to get his take on the past, current, and future labor relations within the city. Meeting … Read more »

Watch it Live on Facebook! Opening Remarks of the 7th Annual Finishing Industries Forum

WATCH IT LIVE on Facebook! On Monday, October 31 @ 11am EST, employers and leaders of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades are meeting at the 7th Annual LMCI Finishing Industries Forum. Our mission: Get the IUPAT and its signatory companies back to work! Watch the opening remarks of IUPAT General President James … Read more »

Ohio: IUPAT vows to get out the NO vote on Issue 2

IUPAT vows to get out the NO vote on Issue 2 This past week, Jim Watroba, business manager for IUPAT District Council 6, joined Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga and IUPAT members for a tele town hall meeting to discuss the need to vote NO on Issue 2/SB5 either now, through early voting, or on … Read more »

CWA Files Response to Critics of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger with the FCC

Report outlines critical arguments on accelerated expansion of broadband access, narrowed digital divide and improved service quality Washington, DC-The Communications Workers of America filed a report, Blocking The AT&T/T-Mobile Merger will harm Consumers, Communities and the Economy, at the Federal Communications Commission as a response to criticisms and misstatements about the pending AT&T/T-Mobile merger. The report … Read more »

IUPAT California: Oct. 26 Court Hearing for San Clemente Picketing Law

Picketers march outside Eliot Schneider’s San Clemente home. The City Council has adopted an ordinance that would require picketing to be at least 200 feet from a residence being targeted. But enforcement of the law is being blocked by a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit filed by District Council 36 of the International Union … Read more »

Helping Building Trades Members Prepare for the Next Step in Their Careers

New Union Plus National Labor College Scholarships Helping Building Trades Members Prepare for the Next Step in Their Careers This October we’re introducing the Union Plus Building Trades President’s Award- a total of over $13,500 in scholarships to Building Trades union members who register for the National Labor College’s online degree programs. Starting with the … Read more »

Trying to Get out of Debt? Expecting a Child? Want to Understand Retirement? The National Labor College has a New Free Online Tool that can Help with That and More!

The AFL-CIO and the National Labor College are launching Invested, a unique personal finance website offering free and unbiased financial education resources. According to the creators, the site was imagined due to a lack of endorsement-free personal financial advice for working people. The website addresses topics applicable to people of all ages and backgrounds: financing … Read more »

Demand Grows for Skilled Trades Jobs

At a time when Michigan’s unemployment rate has increased for four straight months and is more than two percentage points above the national jobless rate, there is growing demand for construction and skilled trade workers in Metro Detroit and throughout the state. The uptick is a boon to journeymen, apprentices and union officials who sweated … Read more »

Labor Rights, Under Republican Attack

In the past month, the National Labor Relations Board has come under furious attack from Republicans in Congress, and decades-old workers’ rights are at risk. Backed by a well-financed lobbying and publicity offensive, Republicans are using a recent labor-law complaint against Boeing to achieve a radical goal that goes far beyond the legal issues in … Read more »