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Colorado Painters Fight Unsafe Conditions, Wage Theft

July 30, 2015
Compiled By Steve Wishina And Neal Tepel

The Painters union has launched a new worker safety campaign.

Juan Deras, a commercial painter in the Denver area, was fired in February after he asked his boss for a respirator to protect him from inhaling toxic fumes.

NYS Building Trades Barred From Columbia Real Estate Symposium

July 30, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Why were unions barred from a public forum?

New York, NY - Members of the NYC Building Trades were kept out of a public construction forum jointly sponsored by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation [GSAPP] and JDS Development on Wednesday afternoon. 

Dodd-Frank Legislation Needed Now

July 29, 2015
By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Washington, DC -  On July 21, 2015 the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka made the following statement: Working families have waited too long for changes required by Dodd-Frank legislation. Meanwhile, corporations continue to write their own rules.

421-a: Prevailing Wages, Affordable Housing, and the Fight for the New York City in the 21st Century

July 28, 2015
By NYS Assembly Walter T. Mosley [D-57th District]

LaborPress Op-ed

Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley.

As this year’s legislative session drew to a close, concern over what to do with the controversial 421-a tax abatement program became one of the most prominent issues facing us as legislative body. We in the legislature have placed a sunset into this legislation forcing Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and the Building Trade to come to an agreement on the use of 421-a and setting a prevailing wage or face the programs expiration in six months.

IUOE: Engineering the Expansion of Pipeline Infrastructure

July 27, 2015
By James T. Kunz Jr., IUOE Local 66 Business Manager

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - From mining in Hazleton, to steel in Pittsburgh, to high-tech corridors, Pennsylvania's labor force has been an integral component to growing our state's economy. A lot of the buildings in our great state were built by the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). Now we are applying our skills to our state's next great economic engine, natural gas pipelines.

Why LIUNA Supports Mariner East Pipeline Project

July 22, 2015
By Dennis L. Martire, Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager of the

Laborers' International Union of North America

Pittsburgh,  Pennsylvania - Across Pennsylvania, development of the shale industry has become a new economic engine for our state, supporting energy infrastructure projects that have brought new opportunity to thousands of residents, and increased the energy independence of our entire country. Increasingly, new pipeline projects are delivering both short-term employment benefits from construction, and long-term economic benefits from increased access to affordable natural gas and natural gas liquids.

AFL-CIO: Obama’s Push for Criminal Justice Reform a Bold Move

July 21, 2015
By Richard Trumka

Washington, DC -- Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka July 16, 2015 on President Obama’s speech to the NAACP: President Obama took a powerful step towards reforming our criminal justice system. He will send an even stronger signal on his commitment to this issue by becoming the first U.S. president to visit a federal prison.

Solar-Powered Plumbers And The Future Of Clean Energy

July 20, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Thermal Solar array at SUNY Maritime College.

Queens, NY — Thoughts of solar energy most probably invoke images of shiny flat panels neatly arrayed across flat open fields or expansive urban rooftops. But that's only part of the picture. For a more comprehensive understanding about the real potential for solar energy, you have to go ask a plumber.

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