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St. Louis trade leaders decry plan to shift NLRB leadership to Kansas City

A proposal to consolidate the St. Louis office of the National Labor Relations Board is drawing fire from area organized labor officials who fear the plan will curtail one of the busiest regional mediation agencies in the nation. The NLRB in a memo sent last week said it is considering a pilot program that would merge the … Read more »

Democratic Governors Association White Paper – Jobs. Opportunity. Now.

Introduction Our nation is in a fight for our economic future.  As states across the nation grapple with the lasting effects of this great economic recession, Democratic governors and Labor unions have been focused on expanding opportunity and accelerating the jobs recovery. Democratic governors and Labor unions both understand that a modern economy requires continued … Read more »

Bill Clinton on Keystone XL pipeline: ‘Embrace’ it

Bill  Clinton says it’s time to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Speaking at an Energy Department conference in Maryland on Wednesday,  the former president said he was surprised the project has gotten as gummed up  as it has, laying the blame on pipeline builder TransCanada. Read more at POLITICO.

Romney Wins, the Middle Class Loses

A month ago, the state was rated a tossup in this November’s general election. But after voters got a taste of the Republican field, Michigan seems to be on President Obama’s side of the ledger, along with Wisconsin. Both elected Republican governors in 2010, but large numbers of blue-collar voters have turned away from the … Read more »

Shipyard offering new apprentice positions for tribal members, vets

Chris Winters, business representative for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, told a gathering of economic development officials Tuesday that the program will continue a long tradition at Martinac. Read more at The News Tribune.

Campaigning for Reelection: Grimm Scores Painters’ Union Endorsement

Earlier today, GOP Congessman Michael Grimm received his first endorsement as he campaigns for his second term in the House — and it came from a more Democratic-leaning group too, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. “Congressman Grimm has proven to us since his election to the House of Representatives that he is … Read more »

Michigan’s GOP presidential primary race remains tight, polls say

Two polls released Sunday showed a tight race between Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and Rick Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania. One, from Public Policy Polling, had Romney up 39% to 37% (with 13% for Ron Paul and 9% for Newt Gingrich), continuing a recent trend in polls showing Romney ahead. But … Read more »

Bob Balgenorth: Project Labor Agreements are good for public projects

A PLA is a risk-management tool. Negotiated before work on a project begins, it generally includes a no-strike clause as well as a process to resolve disputes. It establishes the hours of work, wages, benefits and working conditions. Many municipal PLAs also have local-hire provisions and other benefits desired by the community. Read more at … Read more »

Entire C-CSpan Video of Mitt Romney Talking to the Associated Builders and Contractors

Romney makes it clear that he has an anti-union agenda if elected president. Watch the whole thing here:

Keystone XL is more than a pipeline. It’s a lifeline.

Tell Congress Jobs Can’t Wait and we need the Keystone XL pipeline to begin in five of the six states where the route is not in question. This will mean most of the projected 20,000 direct jobs can be created immediately! Call 1-866-228-3314 to tell your Member of Congress to support the Keystone XL Pipeline! … Read more »