Minnesota AFL-CIO Endorses Mark Dayton for Governor

Presenting a united labor front, the Minnesota AFL-CIO unanimously voted to endorse Mark Dayton for Governor today.

“Middle class Minnesotans face a clear choice in electing a Governor this year,” said Shar Knutson, Minnesota AFL-CIO President. “Mark Dayton understands what it is going to take to put Minnesotans back to work, make taxes fair for the middle class, and lead our state back to prosperity.” Read more »

2010 BCTD Convention - Minneapolis, MN

Mon, 08/16/2010 (All day) - Thu, 08/19/2010 (All day)
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The Sixty-Eighth Convention of the Building and Construction Trades Department will convene in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Hilton Minneapolis Hotel on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, at 9:00am.

Registration information is here.

Who are "The Yes Men?"

The Yes Men agree their way into the fortified compounds of commerce, ask questions, and then smuggle out the stories of their hijinks to provide a public glimpse at the behind-the-scenes world of business. In other words, the Yes Men are team players... but they play for the opposing team. And what do they have to say about what they do? Can you be a Yes Man? Can you make a difference? Read more »

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 »

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