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Obama, Trumka Talk National Infrastructure As MN Shutdown Freezes 100 Construction Projects

We Party Patriots: Yesterday’s Twitter Town Hall caused much ado online. Millions of Tweeps partook, mocked and ignored the event, in which President Obama fielded questions via Twitter (presumably the most commonly asked questions earned air time) and answered them.

Of particular interest to the private sector was Obama’s discussion of infrastructure investment, wherein he chided House Speaker John Boehner, suggesting the famous-for-golfing GOP leader would “see the light.” Read more »

Real Cost of Shutdown’s Lost Wages

What is the real cost of the shutdown in lost wages? Some view the shutdown as a way to save government money, but in reality a shutdown costs far more than some think it saves.

When you average the state payroll, it comes to $52,000 per worker or $1,000 per week plus benefits. Many workers make much less, some make more. Assuming workers that lost their jobs in the shutdown follow the average, the cost of lost wages is approximately $22,000,000 a week.

That's before you take unemployment benefits into consideration.

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MN2020: Infrastructure Work Screeches to a Halt

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Dozens of construction sites around Minnesota have been halted due to the state shutdown. Securing these sites takes days and costs thousands over the project budgets, and further delays from the freeze could add up to serious delays through the construction season. It's time to end the shutdown and put Minnesotans back to work.

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:

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