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Kuba Brown: Training the Next Generation of Operating Engineers

November 18, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

“There’s no more career helpers in our business,” says Kuba Brown, head of Local 94 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. To get and keep jobs in today’s buildings, he adds, members need “to stay on top of all the latest innovations in the world.”

Ohio Plumbers Get $163,000 for Training

November 18, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 577 in Portsmouth, Ohio will receive $163,000 to expand welder training, in a grant announced Nov. 13.

Improving the Life of Working People Edward Doyle: A profile

November 13, 2015
By Bill Hohlfeld, LaborPress NY

On a quiet stretch of road, just off Route 9A in Westchester County, behind a neat and orderly desk, sits Edward Doyle, President of the Building and ConstructionTrades Council of Westchester and Putnam Counties.

Iron Workers Training Gains Recognition in Construction Industry

November 11, 2015
By Bob Levine, LaborPress USA

San Diego, California - The California Field Ironworkers Training Trust leaders cut the ribbon October 27, 2015 on a new state-of-the-art training center in San Diego, California. The “University of Iron,” is the training and apprenticeship program for Iron Workers Local 229.

The President Has Thrown Working People Under the Bus  

November 9, 2015
By President of LIUNA Terry O’Sullivan

Washington, D.C. - President Obama today demonstrated that he cares more about kowtowing to green-collar elitists than he does about creating desperately needed, family-supporting, blue-collar jobs.After a seven-year circus of cowardly delay, the President’s decision to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline is just one more indication of an utter disdain and disregard for salt-of-the-earth, middle-class working Americans.

NYC to Repair Broken Elevators

November 9, 2015
By Tara Jessup

New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law Council Member James Vacca’s legislation that will allow the Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) to repair broken elevators under their Emergency Repair Program.

LP Radio Week 3: Helmets to Hardhats...And So Much More!

November 5, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Bill Hohlfeld, Anne Trenkle and Neal Tepel.

New York, NY - Wide ranging discussions with the heads of New York State Helmets to Hardhats, Henry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies at Empire State College, and the Safety Professional Association — in addition to a national labor report from the Workers Independent News [WIN] network and segments with two military veterans making the transition into civilian life — all made week three of LaborPress Radio the most diverse episode yet. 

 Michigan IBEW Advances Green-Energy Apprenticeship

November 5, 2015
Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 252 in Michigan has created a green-energy apprenticeship at its training center in Ann Arbor. The building has two new 30-foot wind turbines and a bank of 60 solar panels at its entrance, capable of providing 16.8 kilowatts of solar electricity and 2.4 KW of wind power.

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