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Fast-Acting IUPAT Member Rescues Five from IRS Plane Crash Attack

With all the somber news in recent days about the friends of labor leaving office, a positive story is in order.This story is almost nine months, but certainly worth remembering. Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) member Robin De Haven was hailed as hero for his role in rescuing five people from the blazing Austin, Texas, building where a man with a vendetta against the Internal Revenue Service crashed his fuel-laden plane. De Haven was on his way to work when he saw the single-engine plane, which witnesses say was at full throttle, heading toward the building. Read more »

Ten Principles For Securing A Sustainable Construction Workforce

Part of the mission at Construction Citizen is to push for a sustainable construction workforce.  The organization developed the following set of 10 principles to demonstrate the overall qualities that they are striving for. Read more »

Federal Recovery Act: A Success Story

Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Kevin Diaz, wrote a very insightful article about the federal Recovery Act and what it has meant to workers, businesses and residents in the first Congressional District. For some time now Republican leaders and commentators  have maintained that the stimulus funds appropriated by the Obama administration has not translated to jobs creation. Diaz interviews workers, company owners and union officials. He reveals what the economic stimulus funds have meant in the Greater Rochester area. Read more »

2010 Big Green Conference is at Mall of America on November 11

The Big Green Conference is a unique gathering of public, private and non-profit partners coming together to address key environmental issues. This conference has quickly established itself as the place where ‘business and government meet’. Our inaugural year in 2009 featured great speakers, break out sessions and networking. Many political, civic, corporate and non-profit leaders came together to explore the many issues surrounding sustainability in business. Read more »

Good Enough for your Daughter...Good Enough for the Jobsite

Good Enough for your Daughter...Good Enough for the Jobsite: Apearance, Professionalism, and Branding in the Union Construction Industry: Your lovely little girl. The apple of your eye. Your daughter who has you wrapped around her little finger has just come home and announced her engagement. To a guy that you have never met. You’re less than thrilled. By Mark Breslin Read more »

Refusing Dangerous Work

While in the midst of a terrible economic time, sometimes referred to the "Great Recession", some employers may be taking unfair advantage of a nervous workforce and encourage employees to take shortcuts while endangering themselves and others. The Occupational Safety and Health makes provisions which lend some hope to those who are being asked to cut corners. Workers have the right to refuse to do a assigned job, however refusing to work may result in disciplinary action by the employer. Read more »

Unique Philadelphia Monument Honors Workers

A new monument, the Labor Monument: Philadelphia’s Tribute to the American Worker, was unveiled in a ceremony earlier this month at the city’s Elmwood Park. Created by artist John Kindness, the monument—seven table-top sized “work buttons” (see photo)—memorialize the contributions of labor nationwide and Philadelphia’s working-class history.

The Fairmont Park Art Association, which commissioned the work, said Kindness, son of a shipyard worker, Read more »

Rescue of Chilean Miners a ‘Rare Blessing’

At 12:11 a.m., Florencio Avalos, the first of 33 miners trapped for 69 days in Chile’s San Jose mine, emerged to the embrace of his family and friends. And workers, especially those who work deep in the earth in mines, let out a cheer and a deep sigh of relief. The rescue effort to free the miners, who have been in the Atacama Desert mine since Aug. 5, is going like clockwork, according to the Associated Press. Read more »

As weather turns cooler, volunteer Pipefitters keep the heat on

Project Heat’s On, the Twin Cities Pipefitters’ volunteer effort to service and clean furnaces for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners, celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and the mayors of both cities issued official proclamations declaring “Heat’s On Day” in their communities.

Since the start of the program in 1986, Heat’s On – which stands for “Handicapped and Elderly Assistance to Service Our Neighbors” – union pipefitters have volunteered more than 28,000 work hours, servicing furnaces in more than 6,700 households. Read more »