As weather turns cooler, volunteer Pipefitters keep the heat on

Project Heat’s On, the Twin Cities Pipefitters’ volunteer effort to service and clean furnaces for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners, celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and the mayors of both cities issued official proclamations declaring “Heat’s On Day” in their communities.

Since the start of the program in 1986, Heat’s On – which stands for “Handicapped and Elderly Assistance to Service Our Neighbors” – union pipefitters have volunteered more than 28,000 work hours, servicing furnaces in more than 6,700 households. Read more »

Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future

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Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton has written a new book about our economic mess. AFTERSHOCK may well be the most important book written on the current economic crisis. I say this because it offers a critical insight that I have seen in very few other places: The fundamental cause of our problems is the relentless drive toward income concentration. Read more »

Market Recovery in the Heartland

On September 22, Mark Paulos made a presentation to Business Managers, Lobbyists and Organizers who are affiliated with the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council. Mark is Executive Director of the Indiana, Illinois, Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting (IIIFFC). Harry Melander, President of MN BCTC, invited Mr. Paulos to summarize what the IIIFFC was doing to help expand the unionized sector of the construction industry in parts of Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. He went on to describe how he administers a $2.5 million budget and twenty-one full time staff. Read more »

300 Economists Warn That Deficit Hysteria Is a Big Con

300 Economists Warn That Deficit Hysteria Is a Big Con That Threatens to Drive America into a Full-Blown Depression, By Joshua Holland, AlterNet

On Thursday, 300 economists and analysts issued a statement warning that the “deficit hawks” who appear to be gaining the upper hand in our economic debates are threatening to turn an already deeply painful recession into a full-blown depression. Read more »

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