August 2010
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Beware rogue carpenters

IBEW video goes viral

Avondale shipyard
risks closure

North of 49°
Toronto Physics Professor Proud to be IBEW Apprentice

Au nord du 49° parallèle
Un professeur de physique de Toronto est fière d’être un apprenti de la FIOE

Minutes and Report of the International Executive Council's Regular

Wisconsin and Illinois Locals Win Hotel Restoration Projects

Union Plus Scholarship Winners Announced





Congressional Stalemate Threatens Job Creation

The jobs crisis continues. Nearly 15 million workers are unemployed, with more than half of those out of work for six months or more. But continuing opposition to new jobs legislation from congressional Republicans is paralyzing Capitol Hill, putting the economic future of millions of working families at risk.

A second stimulus bill meant to pump up the economy and extend jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed was blocked by GOP senators in June, cutting off benefits for more than 1 million jobless Americans.

The Senate fell three votes short of the 60 needed to break a GOP filibuster of the American Jobs, Closing Tax Loopholes and Preventing Outsourcing Act, preventing it from coming to the floor. Siding with the GOP were Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson and Independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

The bill would have extended unemployment and COBRA benefits while providing more than $16 billion in aid to the states to help state and local governments avoid layoffs and crippling tax hikes. It included dozens of tax breaks to encourage small businesses to hire new workers.

An effort by House Democrats in late June to pass a six-month extension of benefits separate from the stimulus was also defeated by the GOP, with help from more than a dozen "Blue Dog" Democrats.


Hill: Ensuring Another 75 Years of Social Security
Lee: Cutting the Unemployment Lifeline

Lineman Training Pushes into Cyberspace; Second District Honors Fallen Laborer; Metal Trades Leaders Boost Skills; Spouse Thanks Union for Medical Treatments

Another Perspective
on the Code;
Help for the Unemployed?;
Making Spirits Bright

John F. Briegel;
Herbert L. Prestidge

Ohio Journeyman in Afghanistan: Local is "Second Family"

June 2010

Retirees Mobilize Against GOP Attacks on Social Security