"There Was a Time In This Country..."

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Reverend Cletus Kiley delivers Labor's Invocation at the 2011 Building Trades National Legislative Conference. The passionate appeal to workers rights and social justice nationwide set the tone for the day.

A Travesty in Wisconsin: message from BCTD President Mark H. Ayers

Under the cover of darkness, and at the urging of Governor Scott Walker, Republicans in the Wisconsin State Senate on March 9th exercised the nuclear option to ram through a bill attacking Wisconsin’s working families. Read more »

Unions Make the Middle Class

If you care about the middle class, you need to care about unions. Unions make the middle class strong by ensuring workers have a strong voice in both the market and in our democracy. When unions are strong they are able to ensure that workers are paid fair wages, receive the training they need to advance to the middle class, and are considered in corporate decision-making processes.

Scholar exposes rot in Walker’s approach to worker rights

Milwaukee Labor Press: It is not surprising that Scott Walker stands in ideological opposition to President Obama. But to the pope? The conservative Milwaukee archbishop? International courts, the UN and the Protestant leaders of his upbringing? Call it stubbornness, density or basic ignorance of history, but that sure takes a lot of something stupid. Read more »

Star Tribune, 3/21/2011: Dayton: Let's get building

From an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, By RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER; Photo by David Brewster, Star Tribune. The governor renewed his call for a bonding bill and also reiterated his backing for a new Vikings stadium. To construction workers and their bosses, Gov. Mark Dayton pitched his vision Tuesday for digging the state out of the construction doldrums: a new Vikings stadium and spending on state buildings. "We need a people's stadium," Dayton said to union members in work vests who visited the Capitol. Read more »

Heavy equipment operators advocate for jobs

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 union members had their Capitol Day Tuesday, which included a rally where Governor Mark Dayton and other elected officials spoke.  More than 300 members gathered in the rotunda and second floor for the rally, then broke off to meet with their legislators from throughout the state. 

I approached someone along the edges of the crowd following the rally and asked, "Why are you here today?" His response, "I want to work." It is that simple.

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Jon Stewart on GE's Tax-Free Status: 'That is a Corporate Tax Rate of -60 Percent'

Jon Stewart is pretty consistently funny -- at the very least he lands one jab a show -- but as this video proves, he's best when he's pissed... and when he's on, he's on.

Michelle Bachmann Running in 2012?

CNN has exclusively learned that Rep. Michele Bachmann will form a presidential exploratory committee. The Minnesota Republican plans to file papers for the committee in early June, with an announcement likely around that same time. It's probably fair to say that most reasonable political observers, regardless of party or ideology, would agree that Michele Bachmann is stark raving mad.

2011 Local 49 Day at the Capital

Every day at the Minnesota State Capitol decisions are made about how to allocate state government dollars. It is critical that 49ers voices are heard in this debate. We need politicians to invest our tax dollars building the infrastructure that betters our state and puts you to work. The Local 49 political team is up there every day fighting for your jobs, but you have a critical role to play. Your elected officials need to hear from you about the terrible jobs climate out there in construction.

They need to understand the struggle that you and your family face everyday. Read more »

Jobs,Jobs,Jobs... Mr. Boehner where are the jobs?

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For all the talk by Republicans during the last election about the jobs they planned to create if elected, there has been little action taken in that direction. Instead there have been a series of bills introduced in both the state and federal legislatures that are designed to push for tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. They say the best way to move forward is more spending cuts. Read more »