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Thoughtless Think Tanks: Factoids v. Facts

Factoid Scholarship and Sound Bite Thinking About the History and Intent of Prevailing Wage Laws

Professor Peter Phillips from the University of Utah wrote a fascinating article about a decade ago. He describes the difference between "factoids" and "facts". This insightful article draws some light onto how news can be presented and absorbed for public consumption. Read more »

Sisters in the Building Trades

The mission of the Sisters in the Building Trades is to expand a network of active women that will affirm building trades sisters as a positive and growing part of the construction workforce. To increase the number of trades women through cooperative recruitment efforts and mentoring support for enhanced retention. Hold regular meetings allowing women to network and share their experiences; match mentors to new trades’ women; enter into partnership with disadvantaged women to provide encouragement and hope; and reinforce appropriate workplace conduct. Read more »

Death of the Liberal Class

On October 29th, Truthdig posted an excerpt of a new book, "Death of the Liberal Class" written by Chris Hedges. The book is an indictment of all institutions which have stood for progressive causes over the decades. Hedges maintains that in a traditional democracy, the liberal class functions as a safety valve. It makes piecemeal and incremental reform possible. Read more »

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 »