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U.S. UNIONS, CANADIAN ENERGY FIRM SIGN PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT FOR BIG TRANS-NATIONAL PIPELINE

Four U.S. construction unions, the Operating Engineers, Teamsters, Laborers and the Plumbers and Pipefitters, signed a Project Labor Agreement on Sept. 14 with a large Canadian energy company, to build a big trans-national oil pipeline from the oil sands of Alberta to the refineries of Texas’ Gulf Coast. Read more »

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 »

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 »

Social Security Keeps 20 Million Americans Out of Poverty: A State-By-State Analysis

 Social Security benefits play a vital role in reducing poverty. Without Social Security, according to the latest available Census data (for 2008), 19.8 million more Americans would be poor. Although most of those kept out of poverty by Social Security are elderly, nearly a third are under age 65, including 1.1 million children. Depending on their design, reductions in Social Security benefits could significantly increase poverty, particularly among the elderly. Read more »

Social Security Works for Minnesota

The mission of Social Security Works is to protect and improve the economic status of disadvantaged and at-risk populations, and, in so doing, to promote social justice for current and future generations of children as well as young, middle-aged and older adults. Social Security Works is a project of the Tides Advocacy Fund with generous support from The Atlantic Philanthropies. This article from SSW demonstrates the impact Social Security has on the residents of Minnesota. There is also information about the $2.5 trillion surplus that Social Security now has. Read more »

Prevailing Wage Laws in MInnesota

The National Alliance for Fair Contracting (NAFC) has been providing a forum in the construction industry for those interested in fair, competitive contracting. NAFC is a labor-management organization that promotes a “level playing field” through compliance with all applicable laws in public construction. When responsible contractors bid and perform public construction projects, the taxpayer gets a high quality project performed by contractors who comply with the laws of the land. Read more »