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Steamfitters Pipefitters Local 455 buys Hillcrest Golf Club for $4.3M

Reprinted from the StarTribune.com:  A local pipefitters union has snapped up the old Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul, paying $4.3 million for the private club and vowing to keep it private for at least two years. The union said it hopes to breathe new life into the business, which has been in the red with sliding membership. The all-cash deal closed earlier this month. Read more »

AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust Invests $50 Million to Renovate 1,300 Housing Units in Minnesota

The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) announced a $50 million commitment of union pension capital to finance the substantial rehabilitation of the historic Riverside Plaza apartment complex. The investment will modernize the 1,303 housing units at the aging Minneapolis landmark, with work on the $123 million project expected to generate an estimated 635 union construction jobs. Read more »

10 Developments in the Huge Story of Wisconsin's Uprising

The drama unfolding  in Wisconsin enters its second week, and as tens of thousands of workers and their supporters ring the state's capitol expressing outrage over Union-busting Republican Governor Scott Walker's bill, the impasse doesn't appear to be headed towards a resolution anytime soon.

http://www.alternet.org/story/149986/10_latest_developments_in_the_huge_...

11 of the Tea Party GOP's Most Ridiculous Policy Ideas (So Far)

Only weeks have passed since the new Tea Party Republicans stormed into power promising to bring what they see as the hallmarks of good governance -- greater accountability, fiscal restraint and an ill-defined but unwavering devotion to the Constitution.

http://www.alternet.org/story/149848/11_of_the_tea_party_gop%27s_most_ri...

Ronald Reagan, Enabler of Atrocities

When you're listening to the many tributes to President Ronald Reagan, often for his talent making Americans feel
better about themselves, you might want to spend a minute thinking about the many atrocities in Latin America and
elsewhere that Reagan aided, covered up or shrugged off in his inimitable "aw shucks" manner. Read more »

Wisconsin's Walker Calls for End of Collective Bargaining, Alerts National Guard

First Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) announced a state budget plan that strips state workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights, cuts pay and benefits and says there will be no negotiations. Today he took it even further: He announced he has alerted the National Guard to be ready in case state workers strike or rise in protest. Read more »

Teamsters Local 320 launch statewide print and radio campaign

Teamsters Local 320, representing some 11,500 public employees throughout Minnesota’s 81 counties, will launch a statewide print and radio campaign beginning Sunday, February 13, urging citizens to tell their legislators to stop the proposed 15% slash to public employee rolls and benefits as part of a Republican plan to plug the state’s $6.2 billion deficit. Read more »

Kentucky and Minnesota Move Closer to Removing Bans on Nukes

Kentucky and Minnestoa are moving closer to removing their respective states' bans on the constructio of nuclear power facilities. In Minnestoa, the State Senate voted overwhelmingly  to scrap a 17-year-old state policy that bars energy regulators from issuing permits for new nuclear power plants.  

http://bctd.org/Newsroom/Latest-News/Industry-Headlines/Kentucky-and-Min...

United Association’s Veterans in Piping program launches latest expansion

The first class in the latest expansion of a nationwide partnership that trains veterans for, and places them in, careers in the plumbing and pipefitting industry is underway at Camp Douglas, Wisconsin.

The United Association’s Veterans in Piping, or VIP, offers 20 weeks of training necessary to become an apprentice. It includes 18 weeks of skills training and two weeks of transition to help veterans successfully return to civilian life. Job placement is guaranteed upon successful completion. The training is paid for by the United Association and free to returning heroes. Read more »

Labor Unions Lead the Charge in Egypt

Egypt’s labor unions deserve some credit.  According to a report presented at a symposium hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in February, 2010, there have been more than 3,000 labor protests by Egyptian workers since 2004.

http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/02/labor-unions-lead-the-charge-in-egypt/