Report Shows Recovery Act Worked, Calls for State Action on Jobs

Minnesota families need family-sustaining jobs. They don’t need them in a year or a decade; they need jobs now. Read more »

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 »

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