Political Action

In Midwestern capitols, Republicans eager to avoid more union battles

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Fifteen months after taking control of Minnesota’s Legislature, Republicans have put a gay marriage ban on this November’s ballot, moved to expand gun rights and cast dozens of votes to cut state spending. But there’s one issue where they failed to get traction: watering down the strength of organized labor with … Read more »

The President, Gas Prices and the Pipeline

Like every president seeking re-election, Barack Obama walks the fine line every day between the discordant goals of motivating his party’s strongest loyalists and reaching out to swing voters for their support. A few weeks ago, that pathway took him to a tiny town in Oklahoma, where, caught between theanti-drilling demands of the environmental community and … Read more »

Painters Union Endorses Crowley

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 9 announced today that they were backing Elizabeth Crowley in the heated primary to replace Gary Ackerman in a Congressional race in Queens. Ms. Crowley is a member of DC 9, and before entering the City Council in 2009 worked as a restorative painter. Read more … Read more »

For Wisconsin Crowd, Romney Invokes “Union Bosses”

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — Mitt Romney’s biggest applause line tonight was a hat tip to the movement to keep Governor Scott Walker in office, and an acknowledgement that his race is not the main attraction in recall-crazed Wisconsin. In his victory speech, Romney told a crowd at the Grain Exchange in Milwaukee that “Workers should have … Read more »

What does the health-care law mean to me?

If President Obama’s health-care law is upheld by the Supreme Court, it will change the way millions of Americans get health insurance — and require nearly everyone to have coverage by 2014 or pay a penalty. This tool estimates what the law could mean for your health coverage and taxes based on your income, family … Read more »

Team Romney’s alleged labor mole

On Sept. 2, the National Review posted on its website an Op-Ed blasting a new rule requiring companies to inform employees of their union rights. The article condemned the rule as “an unwarranted usurpation” and “regulatory sorcery” that “diminishes” the National Labor Relations Board. None of this was particularly interesting or surprising, given the conservative politics of … Read more »

The Ascendance of Elizabeth Warren

If you’re reading this, you probably already know how you feel about Elizabeth Warren. Warren is currently running for Senate in Massachusetts, in the hopes of knocking out Republican incumbent Scott Brown. Very few first-time candidates are so well-known, or so passionately beloved. Read more at In These Times.

Planned Pipelines to Rival Keystone XL

Two major energy companies are planning to build new pipelines that will move as much as 850,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast by mid-2014, in the latest effort to cope with a surge of oil production in North America. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

The Rich Get Even Richer

NEW statistics show an ever-more-startling divergence between the fortunes of the wealthy and everybody else — and the desperate need to address this wrenching problem. Even in a country that sometimes seems inured to income inequality, these takeaways are truly stunning. Read more at The New York Times.

Vegas IUPAT Member SkyJumps for Boy Scouts of America

Watch Jack Mallory, assistant business manager/secretary-treasurer and director of Government Affairs for IUPAT District Council 15 in Las Vegas, take a jump off the Stratosphere (follow this link to take a look at just how tall the stratosphere is) to benefit the Boy Scouts of America.