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Decorated Iraq War Veteran on Apprenticeship: “No one can relate to what I did over there, but these guys come really close.”

Decorated Iraq War Veteran on Apprenticeship: “No one can relate to what I did over there, but these guys come really close.”
Laborpress.org recently featured decorated war veteran and Ironworkers Local 361 apprentice Rob LeFurgy, whose shot at union membership was vital to him transitioning back into civilian life. LeFurgy began his career path after learning about the Helmets to Hardhats program. “This union turned my life around,” he said. “No one can relate to what I did over there, but these guys come really close.”
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Op-Ed: Young Workers & Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life, Apprenticeship Crucial

Op-Ed: Young Workers & Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life, Apprenticeship  Crucial
In The Daytona Daily News, professor Rick Sheridan touts apprenticeship programs arguing that they offer a vital alternative to college for those seeking a middle class lifestyle. Sheridan notes that while the average college student will graduate with $30,000 in debt, the average apprentice will earn solid wages while learning a craft debt-free. Globally, America is lagging in the apprenticeship department with respect to young people
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Prevailing Wage Repeal, Reform Stripped from WI Budget; Extraordinary Session Called to Address

Prevailing Wage Repeal, Reform Stripped from WI Budget; Extraordinary Session Called to Address
Wisconsin Republicans have reached an agreement which will allow them to pass a budget for 2015-2017 after a week of contentious infighting over prevailing wage reforms and funding for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena. The budget deal will still need to clear the Senate, where a group of conservatives are using their budget vote to push for prevailing wage repeal. Even as he announced the budget deal, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald acknowledged that the votes aren’t there in the Senate to pass it.
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STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments
A new study titled The Cost of Repealing Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Policy provides new data about the law’s true impact on total construction costs and economic activity. As we wrote earlier this month, despite the incredibly strong voter support for the current prevailing wage law, the state GOP is pushing a repeal agenda. The new study shows that repeal would kill jobs and hamper the state’s economy.
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Illinois AG Makes it Official: Gov. Rauner’s “Right-to-Work” and Prevailing Wage Zealotry is Illegal

Illinois AG Makes it Official: Gov. Rauner’s “Right-to-Work” and Prevailing Wage Zealotry is Illegal
Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan has preemptively weighed in on anti-union legislation that is being promoted by Gov. Bruce Rauner which would allow local governments to create “Right-to-Work” zones and ban prevailing wage requirements. Her position? Both are unconstitutional.
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Building Trades Pres: Businesses in “Right-to-Work” Wisconsin “May Not Be Able to Find Any Skilled Workers”

Building Trades Pres: Businesses in “Right-to-Work” Wisconsin “May Not Be Able to Find Any Skilled Workers”
In a brief letter to the editor of the New York Times, North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey explained that “Right-to-Work” results in a drop in skilled labor. He questions the idea of attracting businesses to Wisconsin by thwarting workers, suggesting, “Companies and whole industries from Texas to Florida are having to look North for the skilled craft professionals needed to get these projects done safely and efficiently, because the training infrastructure in that region has gone away.” The op-ed appears in its entirety below.
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Construction Union Membership Rises; “Value-Centric, Trusted Community Partner” Approach Working

Construction Union Membership Rises; “Value-Centric, Trusted Community Partner” Approach Working
New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the percentage of the workforce represented by a union fell to 11.1%, down from 11.3% the previous year. Overall, 14.6 million Americans belonged to a union in 2014.
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Right-to-Work Works Its Magic in Idaho: State Ranks 49th in Income per Capita

Right-to-Work Works Its Magic in Idaho: State Ranks 49th in Income per Capita
An article in Friday’s "Idaho Statesman" detailed the struggles unions have had in the state since the passage of “Right-to-Work” in 1985. Between 1985 and 2012, AFL-CIO membership in the state dropped from 41,300 to 11,000. Currently 29,000 Idahoans are members of unions, though 7,000 of those members choose not to pay dues.
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Female Construction Workers Have a New Best Friend in Canada

Female Construction Workers Have a New Best Friend in Canada
Currently, only four percent of the Canadian construction force is female. Journeyman, a national program that helps mentor, support and promote women working in construction, hopes to change that. But drumming up female interest in a male-dominated industry is only a small part of the program's mission.
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While the Clippers Battle Race Stigma, the Kings are Getting Minority Workers Into Union Apprenticeships

While the Clippers Battle Race Stigma, the Kings are Getting Minority Workers Into Union Apprenticeships
The Sacramento Kings held a training and outreach session with the Community Workforce Pipeline to finalize plans for a Priority Apprenticeship Program that will seek to employ 70 apprentices during the construction of the Kings new $477 million arena. Most eligible workers will come from high-need backgrounds and neighborhoods.
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