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Making America great again? Invanka Trump's foreign fashion line
More jobs for Americans?  Ivanka Trump's clothing line is sewed in Ethiopia, Vietnam, China, Bangladesh and other foreign countries.  An impressive expose in the Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/politics/ivanka-trump-overseas/?tid=sm_fb&utm_term=.168c50536584
Military veteran & Laborer - a great combination
Discipline, hard work and a “can do” attitude –  the perfect ingredients for a good construction worker – and for the U.S. military. Many military veterans are found on construction sites, where military skills, but most appropriately, military attitude, translate into a successful career. Read More...
Union iron worker ready to run for Congress
Randy Bryce thinks Paul Ryan is vulnerable to a challenge that offers voters a genuine, working-class alternative to the gold-plated speaker of the House. The union ironworker, who is challenging the most powerful Republican in Congress, is onto something. Read More...
The abuse of day laborers
Without the protections of LIUNA and union contracts, this is where many workers would end up.... http://inthesetimes. Read More...
Cutting safety & health not the way to make America great again
Workers & communities have faced the deadly threat of asbestos -- "making America great again" by cutting health & safety measures is now the road to recovery...  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/31/asbestos-trump-america-public-health-epa
Laborers win significant battle to protect Illinois prevailing wages
Thanks to legal action by the Midwest Region Laborers (LIUNA), Illinois construction workers hopefully will have their prevailing wage rates again current with local government.  Illinois has a prevailing wage law to make sure that workers are paid fairly and equally and that work is performed efficiently. Read More...
Congressional Progressive Caucus unveil bold infrastructure plan
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN), and Rep. Read More...
Agricultural visas for construction work don't serve our community
A thoughtful piece from Fortunato Salamone on why importing construction workers hurts communities, especially rural ones. http://www.rrstar. Read More...
The secret money behind anti-union campaigns...
Wisconsin's Bradley Foundation is a prime funder of systematic campaigns to erode workers' rights http://www.prwatch.org/news/2017/05/13239/bradley-foundation-bankrolls-attacks-unions
Booming construction - low wages - construction in the "right to work for less" South
There are many tower cranes and new condos going up across the Southern U.S.  But what are construction wages like in these "right to work" (for less), low union membership states. Read More...
Download: BBS Full Report Digital.pdf
It's not the immigrants - it's the businesses who bring them
A powerful piece in the New Yorker about Case Farms, a LIUNA organizing drive in the 1990s, and how the meat packing industry attracts immigrant workers and then abuses them. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/08/exploitation-and-abuse-at-the-chicken-plant
LIUNA 177 leads youth training outreach in Dubuque
More than 100 area students got an up-close glimpse at a career in the trades during the Construction Industry Career Expo Thursday at Portzen Construction Co. in Dubuque. The expo features 10 trade demonstrations, allowing students to do everything from hook up electrical wiring to operate a jackhammer. Read More...
A Republican admits - cutting workers' wages doesn't save money
A video has surfaced from a forum April 24 in Milwaukee, WI where Republican Indiana House Assistant Majority Leader Ed Soliday angrily reveals that similar legislation passed in Indiana which went into effect in 2015 "hasn't saved a penny. Read More...
H2B visas negatively impact Illinois workers
Granting H2B visas for non-US construction workers has a negative impact of Illinois wages.  https://illinoisupdate.com/2017/05/03/the-h-2b-guest-worker-program-unnecessarily-lowers-construction-worker-wages-in-illinois/
Standing for fairness in the Quad Cities
Non-union Brandt workers demand fairness and safe jobs. http://qctimes.com/business/brandt-workers-and-supporters-rally-for-better-working-conditions-wages/article_d74dcb4b-f111-563f-9bff-89e862aef119.html
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