Floor Covering Weekly – WFCA supports Marketplace Fairness Act

[Anaheim, Calif.] The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) is pushing for the passing of the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would help local flooring businesses stay competitive against internet retailers by forcing e-tailers to collect a sales tax at the point of purchase, just as local businesses are required to do. Read more at … Read more »

Walls & Ceilings – Centered on Solutions: Avoiding Project Overruns Through Better Management (Part 1)

An estimator’s responsibility is really that of sales. The takeoff and pricing completed by the estimator are intended to cover all of the known costs for the sole purpose of securing the contract. Generally speaking there is a very short amount of time to gather all of the necessary information available and complete the work … Read more »

EPA, HUD Announce Settlement Deal in Major Chicago Lead-Paint Case

A group of Chicago-area real-estate and property-management companies will remedy lead-paint hazards in a number of residential buildings and pay a $125,000 penalty in a settlement with authorities involving violations of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act. Read more at DURABILITY+DESIGN.

IUPAT Ontario – Facelift for historic landmark

“And we’re blessed here in St. Catharines because we have everyone on board.” Coming to the rescue are Don Benoit and a small army of volunteer union tradespeople who are marshalling forces to give the BME new dignity. The improvement project started when Bush approached the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades last fall … Read more »

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 »

17 percent of Oregon workers are union members

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Efforts to organize nurses and home health care workers kept the percentage of Oregon’s workforce represented by unions at one of the highest levels in the United States. Union members make up 17 percent of all workers in Oregon, seventh-highest in the nation, according to figures recently released by the Bureau … Read more »

Obama to Make Case for ‘Buffett Rule’

WASHINGTON — Previewing the message that President Obama will take to Florida on Tuesday, his economic team released a brief report making the case for his “Buffett Rule,” a proposal that would ensure the wealthiest Americans pay at least 30 percent of their income in federal taxes. Read more at The New York Times.

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 »

BCTD President Mark Ayers Dies

We are saddened to report that the labor movement lost a great leader on Easter Sunday. AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department President Mark Ayers died of a heart attack at age 63. “Mark was a unifying force for not only the Building Trades, but the rest of the labor movement as well,” said IUPAT … Read more »

BCTD Statement on the Passing of Mark H. Ayers, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — The Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO issued the following statement today on the passing of its President, Mark H. Ayers: It is with deep sadness that the Building and Construction Trades Department announces the sudden and untimely passing of its President, Mark H. Ayers, on April … Read more »