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 »

PPG and Canada’s Argex Announce TiO2 Pigment Development Agreement

PPG Industries Inc. announced a technical-collaboration agreement with Montreal-based Argex Mining Inc. to develop titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments for use in paint and coatings products. Read more at DURABILITY+DESIGN.

‘It’s Not Just the Weather,’ AGC Says of Construction-Spending Thaw

Construction spending in February topped the previous year’s totals by 5.8% as a double-digit increase in private construction offset a small drop in public-sector spending, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) reported in an analysis of Census Bureau data. The gains occurred despite a 1.1% decrease in spending from January to February and a … Read more »

Company Payrolls in U.S. Grow by Estimated 209,000 Workers

April 4 (Bloomberg) — Companies in the U.S. expanded payrolls in March, showing the labor market is strengthening, according to data from a private report based on payrolls. Employment increased by 209,000 for the month after a revised 230,000 gain in February, figures from ADP Employer Services showed today. The median estimate in the Bloomberg … Read more »

CBO Glass Faces Lawsuit

The International Painters and Allied Trades Industry Pension Fund has filed a suit against CBO Glass of Alden, N.Y., and two of the company’s officials, Gilbert DiMaio, president and CEO, and Paul F. Hogan, principal, alleging that the company has “failed to pay amounts due under the Labor Contracts, Trust Agreements and Plan.” The suit was filed … 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.