Political Action

Transportation bills: House and Senate versions have major differences

With two months remaining to get a long-term surface transportation bill done, the House and Senate are racing this week to mark up several portions of their dueling legislation. And though the process is just beginning, there are already major rifts between the chambers. Read more at POLITICO. 

VIDEO: IUPAT Rep Speaks Out on SC Governor’s Plan for Anti-Union Laws

Statement by IUPAT General President James Williams on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address

Statement by IUPAT General President James Williams on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address On Tuesday night, President Obama said that it was time to do “some nation-building right here at home.”  That one statement rang resoundingly in the ears of hundreds of thousands of unemployed construction workers who have, for far too … Read more »

Barack Obama and Blue-Collar Pennsylvania Voters: Take 2

President Barack Obama lost white working-class voters in this Rust Belt state during the 2008 Democratic primary, after describing them as bitter people who “cling” to God and guns. He didn’t do much better with them in the general election. Read more at POLITICO.

Unions and Young People: A Winning Combination for 2012?

In the wake of a significant electoral victory in Ohio Tuesday, unions and their supporters are energized and eager to flex their newly honed political muscles. But the path to greater electoral clout in 2012 could lie in a partnership with young voters and followers of the Occupy movement. Read more at The Atlantic.

Proud Members of the IUPAT are Featured on Today’s Edition of The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Proud members of the IUPAT are featured on today’s edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  We’re in town in force to make certain we win the vote to protect the collective bargaining rights of our fellow union members! See it HERE.

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.

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 »

The Case for the President’s Jobs Act

For all the political posturing and handicapping by pundits over President Obama’s American Jobs Act, too little attention is being paid to the economic costs if Congress fails to act on bold measures to spark job creation and growth over the next 12 to 18 months. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

Republican Presidential Debate puts Herman Cain to Test

LAS VEGAS – The near-weekly ritual of Republican presidential debates took a raucous turn Tuesday night as the unsettled field of candidates ganged up on one another in a series of attacks more intense and personal than any in their previous appearances together. Read more at The Washington Post.