Why Is the Public Suddenly Down on Unions?

By David Madland, Karla Walter, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Americans have expressed generally positive attitudes toward unions for as long as pollsters have been asking, and for decades public approval of labor unions has hovered around 60 percent. But starting in 2009 public opinion toward labor unions dropped precipitously. Why? Read more »

Roofers who leave the trade are four times more likely to face economic hardship than those who remain

Researchers conducting a study of 979 roofers between age 40-59 found that 10 percent left the roofing trade within a year, and of those leaving, 60 percent left their job due to chronic pain, work-related musculoskeletal disorders and poor health. When that group was examined in a one-year follow-up, researchers found that they were four times more likely to suffer mild economic impact, 19 times more likely to suffer moderate economic impact, and 6.5 times more likely to experience severe economic impact from their early retirement. Read more »

Medicare at 45: Health Reform Means New Benefits for Seniors

July 30 is the 45th anniversary of Medicare, a milestone for a true American success story that has helped reduce senior poverty by two-thirds, by Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
This year is an especially happy birthday for Medicare because the new health reform law makes it easier for seniors to afford to see a doctor, fill a prescription, and receive free preventive screenings and tests for serious diseases. Read more »

IUPAT Launches New Program to Announce Job Alerts for Members on Their Mobile Phones

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) has just launched a new service that enables members in our core crafts to get job leads via text alerts on their mobile phones.

Here's how it works: Members text the first letter of their craft from their mobile phone to 48728 .

Example: Read more »

Will contractor methods pass an OSHA inspection?

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced earlier this year that OSHA compliance officers will start verifying not only that required training has been conducted, but that the training was provided in a format that the workers could understand, including all applicable languages. Read more.

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