3.5 Million Jobs at Stake if Infrastructure Continues to Crumble

What would it cost if the nation’s crumbling infrastructure of bridges, roads, rails, sewer systems, power grids, airports and more is allowed to deteriorate at its current pace? Some 3.5 million jobs and $3.1 trillion in lost economic output by 2020. What would it cost to avoid that? About $1.1 trillion in additional investment. Read more »

Big win for labor in Chicago to end "wage theft"

By a unanimous vote on Thursday, Chicago’s City Council passed one of the strongest “wage theft” laws in the United States. The move was hailed by labor activists, who’ve long complained that wage theft — not paying workers what they’re legally owed — is one of the easiest crimes to get away with. Read more »

"Apprenticeship:Building Your Career" video premiers at Apprentice Fundraiser

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A highlight of the Mancini's Night / Annual Injured Apprentice Fundraiser on January 16 was the first public showing of "Apprenticeship:Building Your Career," a fast-paced twelve -minute video overview of what it means to be an apprentice in the Building Trades. Read more »

Ryan Cos. to build St. Paul ballpark, after all

Ryan Cos. was finally awarded the contract to build the $54 million minor-league baseball stadium in St. Paul's Lowertown.

The deal to design and build comes three months after the city and the company had expected.

Back in October, the day after the city was awarded $25 million in state bonding funds for the project, the city announced a no-bid contract was going to Ryan to build the ballpark.

That sparked some outrage and a lawsuit by the Taxpayers League of Minnesota. So the city dropped the no-bid plan, and opened it up for bids. Read more »

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Announces Her Resignation

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis is resigning, opening up one more slot in President Obama's second-term administration. A former member of Congress, Solis was the first Hispanic woman to head a Cabinet-level agency.

"This afternoon, I submitted my resignation to President Obama," she wrote in a letter to her agency's employees. "Growing up in a large Mexican-American family in La Puente, California, I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to serve in a president's Cabinet, let alone in the service of such an incredible leader." Read more »

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