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 »

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