Due to the inaction of state and federal officials, thousands of people in Flint have been exposed to unsafe levels of lead in their water. Now a group of union plumber are taking matters into their own hands.
(by John See, Labor Education Service, U of MN) Members of several Building Trades unions built an ice castle in St. Paul’s Rice Park last weekend. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to call it an “ice design,” said Tom McCarthy, President of the St Paul Building Trades. “That’s what happens when the grand plan for an Ice Castle has to be scaled back due to, well, a lack of ice.” Read more »
As the 2016 presidential campaign kicks into high-gear (the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries will occur in the next few weeks), it is troubling to those of us in the building trades, as it should be to all Americans, that the important issue of re-building and repairing America's infrastructure has not been more prominently discussed.
Even though Secretary Clinton has put forth a realistic, workable and robust infrastructure investment plan, the GOP candidates, as well as the media, have largely ignored this issue. Read more »
Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA (the Laborers’ International Union of North America) today made the following statement regarding the oral arguments in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case: “This suit is a direct assault on the collective bargaining rights that have enabled generations of workers to organize for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.”