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The Core of Roman Catholic Teaching on Workers' Rights

  • Unions are indispensible for the universal common good.
  • Unions are rooted in the right of free association.
  • Unions protect the right to fair wages and benefits. 

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Judge mulls lawsuit over Idaho anti-union laws

By REBECCA BOONE - Associated Press

The first law prohibits so called "project labor agreements" that require contractors to forge pacts with unionized workers as a condition of winning a government construction job. The second new law prohibits unions from using dues to subsidize member wages to help union-shop contractors win projects. The subsidies, known as job targeting programs, can reduce a union contractor's overall costs and allow it to submit a more competitive bid. Read more »

Get Radical: Raise Social Security

Thomas Geoghegan, a labor lawyer wrote a very insightful article for the New York Times on June 19th. Mr. Geoghgan lays out a case for increasing the amount of payroll contributions in a effort to help current and future retirees meet their regular bills. He points to the paltry amount of personal savings which most Americans are able a amass during their working lives.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/opinion/20geoghegan.html?_r=1&hp

OSHA-NIOSH Heat Illness Info Sheet: Protecting Workers from Heat Illness

With the onset of summer weather and high temperatures, workers may be required to work in hot environments for extended periods. This OSHA/NIOSH fact sheet provides information to employers and workers on measures they should take to prevent heat-related illnesses and death.

http://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha-niosh-heat-illness-infosheet.pdf

Ten Years Of The Bush Tax Cuts Benefiting The Rich

On June 7, 2001, President George W. Bush signed into law the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, the first of two "Bush tax cuts." That measure reduced the top income tax rate from 39.6 percent to 35 percent, and reduced capital gains and estate taxes. In the 10 years since the first Bush tax cut went into effect, the rich only became richer.

http://www.ourfuture.org/fact-sheets-briefs/2011062202/ten-years-bush-ta...

Ten Charts that Prove the United States Is a Low-Tax Country

The United States is a low-tax country. That’s true for individuals and for corporations, and it’s true whether you compare us to other countries or the America of the past. No matter how you slice it the conclusion is the same. (Contributions by Tony De Angelis)

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/06/low_tax.html

65th Annual Convention of the MN State Building & Construction Trades Council

The 65th Annual Convention of the Minnesota State Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO, will be held Thursday, and Friday, July 21 & 22, 2011, at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 200 West First Street, Duluth, MN 800-477-7089.

Registration begins at 8:00 AM on Thursday, July 21, and the Convention will be called to order at 12:00 PM. A tentative agenda is in this article.

Each affiliate in good standing will be entitled to the following number of delegates:

BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCILS - 4 delegates Read more »

Not a Happy Anniversary: 10 Years of Bush Tax Cuts

Today is the 10-year  anniversary of President Bush’s tax cuts that went mostly to very rich individuals and big corporations. Read more »

State workers laid off in shutdown could get millions in severance

If no budget agreement is reached and state government is forced to shut down on July 1, state workers losing their jobs could be eligible for severance, accrued vacation and compensatory payments that could total tens of millions of dollarss, a union official told the St. Cloud Times. Read more »

Changing Our Story

In August 2010 the the UA Journal Canada published an article about image, education and training. The article talks about how little the outside world knows about the career opportunities in the organized construction industry. With permission, Mark Breslin reprinted the thought provoking piece with a new emphasis on the career opportunities in the construction industry. 

http://blog.breslin.biz/?p=160