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Obama offers $50B infrastructure lifeline to U.S. construction

Date Posted: September 17 2010

President Barack Obama on Labor Day sent a strong signal that he’s listening to calls for more government investment in the nation’s crumbling infrastructure – which, as importantly, would put...

Obama: ‘The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label’

Date Posted: September 17 2010

President Barack Obama has only occasionally mentioned unions during his term of office, but his speech to Milwaukee unionists on Labor Day was filled with references to labor and working...

Some workers are mad as hell…at the wrong people

Date Posted: September 17 2010

Editor’s note: The following was published as an editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sept. 5. We thought it’s worth reprinting, and we’re doing so, with permission. A plutocracy...

Trades mourn loss of two past leaders

Date Posted: September 17 2010

Donald McNamara Don McNamara, a Pipe Fitters Local 636 member for more than 60 years who attained the position of Assistant General President of the United Association of Plumbers and...

Construction employment a bit less bad

Date Posted: September 3 2010

There’s less bad news in the most recent construction industry employment figures, but it’s bad news just the same. Construction job gains “were more widespread across the country and job...

Day honors ‘the folks who brought you the weekend’

Date Posted: September 3 2010

On Tuesday September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers marched from city hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first-ever Labor Day parade. Despite the threat of losing their jobs, participants...

Former hulk of a hotel, Durant comes back to life

Date Posted: September 3 2010

FLINT – Shuttered since 1973, the former Durant Hotel reopened last month for its new life – as a landmark apartment building. A wedding in the building’s grand ballroom marked...


Date Posted: September 3 2010

Construction turning an extended corner The value of new U.S. construction starts in July advanced 7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $411.2 billion, according to an Aug....

Ready, SET, go…Local 80 signs big sheetmetal manufacturer

Date Posted: September 3 2010

DETROIT – SET Duct Manufacturing Inc. held a grand opening and an open house Aug. 6 that included Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and a contingent of Sheet Metal Workers union...

Recession helps drive down workplace fatalities

Date Posted: September 3 2010

WASHINGTON (PAI) – The recession’s impact, cutting both the employed workforce and the number of hours worked, also pushed on-the-job fatalities down by 17% in 2009. There were 4,340 workers...

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