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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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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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Judge Green Lights Lawsuit Challenging the Tech Worker Visas Obama Wants to Expand

Judge Green Lights Lawsuit Challenging the Tech Worker Visas Obama Wants to Expand
Just one day after President Obama announced a series of immigration reforms via executive action, a federal judge green lighted a lawsuit that challenges a student visa program which the reforms would expand.
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REPORT: Billion Dollar Government Contracts Going to Repeat Health and Safety Code Violators

REPORT: Billion Dollar Government Contracts Going to Repeat Health and Safety Code Violators
The Congressional Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released a report showing that billions are given every year to federal contractors that have a history of wage and safety violations. Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the HELP Committee, urged government contractors to more heavily weigh those violations when granting federal contracts.
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Contractors Lobby Actually Protesting Labor Dept's Veteran and Disabled Worker Hiring Policy

Contractors Lobby Actually Protesting Labor Dept's Veteran and Disabled Worker Hiring Policy
The Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC), an industry group only marginally related to the workers that actually perform those tasks, is contesting new Department of Labor rules that make it easier - and companies more accountable - for hiring people with disabilities and veterans.
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Surprises Abound in Report on Summer’s US Clean Energy and Transportation Project Bounce

Surprises Abound in Report on Summer’s US Clean Energy and Transportation Project Bounce
Between April and June of this year, five dozen clean energy and transportation projects were announced that will result in 38,000 new U.S. jobs. That figure represents a slight increase from the same period last year when 37,400 jobs were created. These jobs span the industries of energy generation, manufacturing, transmission/smart grid, energy efficiency, and public transportation.
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Steelworkers, Lawmakers Express Outrage Over Chinese Steel Being Used on Verrazano Bridge Renovation

Steelworkers, Lawmakers Express Outrage Over Chinese Steel Being Used on Verrazano Bridge Renovation
New York Metropolitan Transit Authority has decided to outsource the steel fabrication for the $285 million Verrazano-Narrows Bridge renovation. United Steelworkers' VP calls it "a kick in the teeth" while Staten Island lawmakers call it "shocking."
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Undocumented Workers Found on US Capitol Grounds Construction Site

An internal report by the Inspector General of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) shows that several undocumented workers were used during recent construction on capitol grounds.
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TIME-LAPSE: Construction of the Barclays Center In Brooklyn

Being a resident of Brooklyn, I can attest to the fact that the Barclays Center seemed to appear out of thin air. The construction site, in the shadow of the Atlantic Center subway and shopping vortex, quickly rose and became the focal point of a resurgent Prospect Heights neighborhood.
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