The Building Tradesman Newspaper

AFL-CIO chief to Iron Workers: 'We built the middle class once and we'll do it again'

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke to Iron Workers International Union's 43rd convention in Las Vegas last month. Following are a few excerpts of his speech, which came the same week hospitality union workers were protesting their lack of a contract with the Trump Hotel Las Vegas. ..

Labor Day Celebrated in Michigan

New federal rule intended to weed out bad actors irks contractor community

By Mark Gruenberg ..

Laborers push jobs-friendly pipeline plan

Saying the U.S. faces a looming energy crunch as nuclear power plants shut down and coal-fired electric plants are taken offline, the Laborers have launched a “Clean Power Progress” campaign for building more natural gas pipelines as a way to fill U.S. energy needs. ..

Study suggests stronger unions can hike wages, slow inequality

Fact: The unionization rate for the U.S. workforce in 2015 was 11.1 percent in 2015, the most recent low point in a long, steady decline in union penetration since there was a 20.1 percent representation rate in 1983.  ..

Survey finds acute worker shortages

Two-thirds of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the nation’s construction workforce, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released Aug. 31 by the Associated General Contractors of America.           ..