Unemployment rates rose in 27 U.S. states last month, the most in almost a year and a reflection of weaker hiring nationwide.
Published: April 26, 2012
Tags: Dan Danner, DOL, health care, Internal Revenue Service, IRS, National Federation of Independent Business, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, osha, taxes, U.S. Department of Labor
Dan Danner never expected to end up in the middle of the health care debate. Or, for that matter, in politics.
Published: April 8, 2011
Tags: Demlang Builders Inc., F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., Metropolitan Builders Association, Metzler Roofing Inc., National Roofing Contractors Association, regulation, roof, roofing, U.S. Department of Labor
The revival of a long-dormant residential construction regulation designed to increase safety is threatening the already-thin margins on roofing jobs.
Published: May 21, 2010
Tags: display boards, Hoffman Construction, Jim Hoffman, job sites, LaLonde Construction, Local 139, Mark LaLonde, National Labor Relations Act, Operating Engineers Local 139, plywood, Steinke, U.S. Department of Labor, Zignego, Zignego Co.
By Sean Ryan The 4-foot-by-4-foot display boards used to be big enough for all of the posters required on federal construction job sites. But they are obsolete. And the bigger boards that replaced them may soon follow suit because the federal government is requiring a new National Labor Relations Act poster. “It’s one thing you [...]
Published: January 27, 2010
Tags: apprentice, Berth, Blackman, DWD, joint apprenticeship committee, Jones, minority, participation, U.S. Department of Labor, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership/Big Step
By Sean Ryan Those fighting for more minorities in construction apprenticeships are split over whether it will take a heavy or a helping hand to get the job done. Paul Blackman, who last year complained to the U.S. Department of Labor about minority participation in Wisconsin construction apprenticeship programs, said he prefers a stricter approach. [...]
To the editor: We in the Department of Workforce Development take issue with a number of the points in your recent article on Wisconsin’s apprenticeship program. For the record, we completely support the need for racial diversity in construction apprenticeships, and since 2002, we have made progress in increasing the representation of minorities in the [...]
Published: November 16, 2009
Tags: apprentice, apprenticeship program, Blackman, Buford, Fed, Jones, Kubica, Paul Blackman, Steelworkers Federal Union No. 19806, U.S. Department of Labor, union, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, WRTP/Big Step
By Sean Ryan A former union president is joining the chorus of criticism of state-certified apprenticeship programs and prompting a federal investigation of minority recruitment and retention. Paul Blackman, retired president of Steelworkers Federal Union No. 19806 in Milwaukee, said the state is not doing enough to police the programs it certifies to make sure [...]
Published: November 10, 2009
Tags: Associated General Contractors of America, Brubeck¸Turmail, federal contract, Government Accountability Office, Job Corps Center, New Hampshire, New Hampshire Job Corps, North Branch Construction, North Branch Construction Inc., Obama, Owens, PLA, project-labor agreement, U.S. Building and Construction Trades Department, U.S. Department of Labor
By Sean Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org A federal decision to delay bidding out a New Hampshire project sidesteps a legal challenge over whether such contracts can include project labor agreements. The U.S. Department of Labor this week reported it canceled bidding for the estimated $10 million Job Corps Center project so the agency can have more time [...]