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 »

AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust on its Way to Creating 10,000 Building Trades Jobs

The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust is doing its part to help in the recovery. So far this year, the HIT has committed more than $395 million for new projects representing more than 3,900 union building trades jobs. Together with previous investments, the number of jobs created through investments by the HIT has passed 6,000 since 2009, and continues to grow. Read more »

LABORERS TO REJOIN AFL-CIO OCT. 1

Change To Win will lose yet another member on Oct. 1, when the Laborers rejoin the AFL-CIO. But in a sense, they never really left. The Aug. 14 announcement by union President Terry O’Sullivan capped months of talks between his union, which has 500,000 members, including retirees, and the larger labor federation. But for several years, LIUNA has also been an active member of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department -- even though it was a CTW union. And it has worked closely on politics with the AFL-CIO, O’Sullivan said. Read more »

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