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Latest Look At Union Membership In The U.S.

January 24, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

The struggle to grow unions is continuing.

New York, NY - Organized labor is still struggling to make a comeback in the United States, according a newly issued report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Obama Gives Due to LiUNA and the Building Trades

January 21, 2015
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Publisher

Washington, DC -- LeDaya Epps, one of First Lady Michelle Obama's guests at last night's State of the Union address, was given an opportunity to enroll in an apprenticeship-readiness program sponsored by the Los Angeles and Orange County Building Trades Council. As a single mother caring for three children, finding meaningful employment was paramount.

Crumbling Infrastructure is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

January 20, 2015
By Sherrod Brown

Cleveland, OH—The infrastructure that helped create America’s middle class is crumbling, while Republicans continue to block funding for high speed rail. Here in Ohio, nearly a quarter of our bridges are classified as either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. It’s a disaster waiting to happen.


We Don’t Just Need ‘More Jobs’—We Need Higher Wages

January 19, 2015
By Leo Gerard, United Steelworkers President

The recent jobs report set off cheering: a quarter million positions added in December; unemployment declining to 5.6 percent. This good news arrived amid a booming stock market and a third-quarter GDP report showing the strongest growth in 11 years.

Building Trades Praise House Vote on Keystone

January 12, 2015
By Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions

Washington, DC - North America's Building Trades Unions are pleased that a bi-partisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives recognizes the potential for job creation, economic growth, and energy independence that will accrue through the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

California Building Trades: Foot Soldiers for High Speed Rail

January 8, 2015 By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—That’s how the president of the 500,000-member California Building and Construction Trades described the fierce political battle over the last 15 years for the nation’s first high-speed rail network that culminated in a groundbreaking ceremony in Fresno on Tuesday. 



New England Building Trades Back Gas Pipeline

January 6, 2015
By Stephanie West

Boston, MA- Construction leaders in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine have endorsed the building of a natural gas pipeline from New York to the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts. Thousands of jobs would be created by the construction of the pipeline, which is being proposed by Kinder Morgan.

Operating Engineers and Building Owners Reach Agreement

January 1, 2015
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The negotiating committees of Local 94 and the Reality Advisory Board reached a tentative agreement this week covering approximately 4,000 members working in 500 commercial buildings in New York City.

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