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Public sector workers are a ‘privileged new class,’ says billionaire

In the ideological assault being directed today at public sector workers no one has outdone Mortimer Zuckerman ... It is the millions of “public servants” with their outrageous five-digit salaries and their galling health insurance and retirement pensions, Zuckerman insisted, who have now become “the public’s masters,” seizing a disproportionate share of society’s rewards and bringing on the failures of the U.S. Read more »

Changing Our Story

Mark Breslin has built quite a positive reputation in the organized construction industry over the past several years. He is admired after for his vision, creativity and frankness when it comes to addressing industry problems. Mark also writes extensively about the industry. From time to time we will attach some of his articles. This piece talks about the rigors and rewards of an apprenticeship compared with college.

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

World Trade Center Tower Reaches Midpoint

The attached site has a wonderful tour of the construction from the new World Trade Center in New York City. The story and video serve as a reminder of just how picturesque the construction industry really is. It is also a reminder about the dangers of the industry and the perils of those who capture video of the  events. Read more »

'Job-killing' regulation? 'Job-killing' spending? Let's kill this GOP canard

Republicans these days can't get through a sentence without tossing in their new favorite adjective, "job-killing." There's "job-killing legislation," in particular the health-care reform law. And "job-killing regulations," especially anything coming out of the EPA and the IRS. Big deficits are always "job-killing," which might come as something of a surprise to all you Keynesians out there, along with the "job-killing spending binge" and even "job-killing stimulus projects."

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How Conservative Attacks on Health Care Reform Will Affect You

Conservatives are starting to implement their onslaught to repeal the Affordable Care Act this week as Republicans take control of the House of Representatives. They have scheduled a vote on January 12. If conservatives have their way and repeal the Affordable Care Act, we will go back to a health care system that failed millions of Americans.

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/01/repeal_consequences.html

Where Are The Jobs? For Many Companies, Overseas

Corporate profits are up. Stock prices are up. So why isn't anyone hiring?Actually, many American companies are - just maybe not in your town. They're hiring overseas, where sales are surging and the pipeline of orders is fat. NPR has the story.

The Wage Theft / Worker Misclassification Movement

Last September, Jim Kollaer wrote a comprehensive article in Construction Citizen about worker misclassification. He discovered that twenty-six states including Minnesota, have signed Wage Theft and/or Worker Misclassification bills into law as the focus in a number of legislatures has swung to the issue that is costing workers and taxing agencies billions of dollars in lost revenue.

http://constructioncitizen.com/blog/wage-theft-worker-misclassification-...

Union Values And The Test Of Time

Dave Johnson is a progressive writer and Fellow at the Campaign for America's Future. He writes and researches about issues which impact working men and women who belong to trade unions. He recently did a piece about the consistent values which unions stand for. This article is a nice reminder of what unions stand for.

http://www.ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2010020611/union-values-and-test-tiime

Recommendations for the Safe Use of Mast Climbing Work Platforms

Mast climbing work platforms, also known as mast climbers, are becoming more and more common on U.S.

construction sites. Mast climbers have a power-driven work platform that climbs a vertical tower, allowing

them to reach much higher and carry greater loads than traditional scaffolds. Although they were available in Read more »

Richard Trumka Statement on Tax Cut Deal

On December 7 AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka  issued the following statement on the tax cut deal reached between President Obama and congressional Republicans: Read more »