Poll Frames Rivals’ Strengths

President Barack Obama’s efforts to project himself as a protector of the middle class have strengthened him for the general election, while Mitt Romney has gained traction with his argument that he can improve the economy, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

US CEO Pay Rises 14% Amid Investor Discontent: Study

Compensation of top executives at publicly traded companies rose by 14 percent on average in 2011, a sharp slowdown from the prior year amid growing shareholder pressure on pay and performance, the AFL-CIO said in a report on Thursday. The results demonstrate that shareholders are beginning to focus on executive pay and corporate boards are … Read more »

Are Poll Sampling Complaints Legit?

Every election brings a raft of complaints about polls. I don’t expect this one to be any different — Republicans will bemoan the overabundance of Democrats in the samples, while Democrats will claim that the polls under-sample minorities. What make these criticisms more salient this year, however, are signs that “working the refs” is having … Read more »

VIDEO: A Tribute to Mark H. Ayers

After his sudden passing on Easter Sunday April 8, 2012 – the union construction industry is struggling to make sense of it all.  This video highlights the life and legacy of Mark H. Ayers.  We will miss you brother. God Bless.

Workers of the World Divide

Since the middle of the last century, the American labor movement has been in steady decline. In the early 1950s, around one-third of the United States’ total labor force was unionized. Today, just one-tenth remains so. Unionization of the private sector is even lower, at five percent. Over the last few decades, unions’ influence has … Read more »

House passes Keystone XL pipeline – again

It’s the issue that simply refuses to die. House Republicans wrote a new chapter in the long-running debate over the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday by approving it as part of a 90-day extension of surface transportation law. Read more at POLITICO.

IUPAT General President James Williams on America’s Workforce Radio

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams talks politics Obama, Romney and Biden on America’s Workforce Radio.

Labor chief laments worker ‘mismatch’

The “mismatch” between worker skills and those required for available jobs is perhaps the biggest challenge these days for industry and organized labor, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. “The jobs of today and the jobs of tomorrow will require worker training,” she said. “Our long-term prosperity depends on training workers.” … Read more »

WI Lt. Gov: Unions ‘weaponized’ recall

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is charging that unions have “weaponized” the recall election in Wisconsin, but she says she’s determined to win her battle and protect Gov. Scott Walker from dealing with an organized labor “boss” who will undermine him at every turn over the next two years. Read more at POLITICO.

Former IUPAT GVP Sean McGarvey Elected to Head of Building Trades Department

On Monday, April 16, the Governing Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) unanimously voted to install Sean McGarvey as its next president.  It was a somber vote as this action comes just over one week after former BCTD President Mark Ayers’ unexpected passing from a heart attack.  McGarvey served … Read more »