FIVE CONSTRUCTION UNION LEADERS URGE DAKOTA PIPELINE GO-AHEAD

(By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer) Five construction union leaders, who have a combined 8,000 members working to build the Dakota Access Pipeline, are urging Democratic President Barack Obama to reverse agency rulings and let the oil pipeline project go ahead. Read more »

NEW PRO-WORKER RULES TO BENEFIT MILLIONS

(By Mark Gruenberg, PAI Staff Writer)  New pro-worker rules, announced in late September and the beginning of October by Obama administration agencies, have the potential to benefit millions of workers in coming years. Predictably, radical right House Republicans screamed about them.

The rules would particularly aid low-wage and exploited workers, said Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, whose agency unveiled one key final rule, ordering firms that get federal contracts to establish paid sick and family leave for their employees. Read more »

Volunteer Pipefitters keep heat on for area low-income, elderly homeowners

(Union Advocate) Volunteer members of St. Paul-based Pipefitters Local 455 serviced and repaired furnaces free of charge to disabled, elderly and low-income homeowners in the Twin Cities area Saturday during their annual HEAT’S ON day of service. Read more »

With Lowertown development, union pension fund invests in Building Trades workers

(Union AdvocateThe AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust treated the men and women working to redevelop a property in St. Paul’s Lowertown district to lunch Aug. 31, highlighting the trust’s unique approach to investing union pension funds in union-built construction projects. The development, 333 on the Park, is transforming an eight-story office building, originally constructed in 1913, into an apartment building with 134 market-rate units. Read more »

Commentary: What's wrong with 'Right to Work'

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Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich has been a longtime proponent of unions and the power of people to unite in their workplaces to improve their lives."We have to increase, not reduce, the bargaining power of average people," he says. In this video, he explains one of the most misunderstood labor-management issues of our time: so-called "right-to-work" laws. They are, he says, all about reducing power for workers and increasing profits for corporations.

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