Forum focuses on potential for clean energy jobs

One solution to the nation’s unemployment crisis is the creation of clean energy jobs, but to achieve that goal everyone must be involved in the effort, participants in a Congressional forum agreed.

Congressman Keith Ellison, who represents Minnesota’s 5th District, hosted the forum Sept. 8 at the South Education Center in Richfield. A large crowd listened and engaged in discussion with the panelists, who described local clean energy efforts and their connection to work at the federal level.

All agreed the potential for the growth of clean energy businesses and jobs is huge. Read more »

Laborers president cites critical need for jobs, praises Obama plan

Terry O’Sullivan, general president of LIUNA, the Laborers’ International Union of North America, said President Obama’s job creation plan announced Monday in Milwaukee “is exactly what our nation needs.”

LIUNA represents a half million workers, many of whom work in the construction industry which has been hit hard by the recession. The industry’s unemployment rate stood at 17 percent in August. Minnesota is among the states with the highest percentage of unemployment among construction workers. Read more »

At Labor Day rally, Obama pledges more job creation

In a Labor Day address to more than 10,000 union members and their families in Milwaukee, President Obama announced a massive new job-creating road, rail, runway and air traffic control rebuilding project.

Speaking to the Milwaukee Area Labor Council’s annual LaborFest celebration, Obama said it was “the great American middle class that made our economy the envy of the world. It’s got to be that way again.” Read more »

21 Resolutions Adopted at the 68th BCTD Convention

21 Resolutions were adopted by the delegates to the 68th BCTD Convention held August 18-19, 2010 in Minneapolis, among them: Establish the Term of Office for the Chairman of the Canadian Executive Board; Title of the Director of Canadian Affairs;  and Eligibility to Serve as a Building Trades State, Provincial or Local Council Officer. All resolutions are listed in this article, along with a highlights VIDEO from the convention. Read more »

Employee or Independent Contractor?

Ohio State University has put together a list of 20 questions which the IRS uses to determine if a worker is an independent contractor or employee. The answer of yes to any one of the questions (except #16) may mean the worker is an employee. This may be a useful list for business agents or organizers to use if there is some doubt about the status of a worker. Ohio State published this article in a Small Business Series Fact Sheet. Read more »

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