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      For most of President Obama’s tenure, the White House and the nation’s labor movement have been anything but best friends. Unions were disappointed when the White House refused to restructure banks during the financial crisis. They were exasperated by its unwillingness to protect union members’ gold-plated health care plans in the Affordable Care Act.
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      When it comes to Barack Obama, I've always been out of sync. Back in 2008, when many liberals were wildly enthusiastic about his candidacy and his press was strongly favorable, I was skeptical. I worried that he was naive, that his talk about transcending the political divide was a dangerous illusion given the unyielding extremism of the modern American right.
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      Labor and management at the City of Bloomington teamed up recently to give 20 residents a crash course in Public Works. AFSCME local 699 President Brad Peiffer and Public Works Director Jim Karch collaborated on the effort Sept. 11 as part of City Hall’s first Citizens Academy. The academy gives interested residents in-depth knowledge of city government. Mr.
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      McLean County labor mourns the passing of David Penn (1950-2014), former business manager of Laborers Local 362 and Midwest Region Laborers Organizing Committee director.  Here are links to news stories about David and his obituary.
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      The McClatchy newspaper chain recently ran an excellent series of articles about wage theft and misclassification of workers.  Many construction workers are paid cash money and not receiving their full wages, insurance, unemployment, Social Security and other benefits. Often these are immigrant workers who are cheated in multiple ways.   Click here to read the complete series.


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      White House more friendly to unions?

      For most of President Obama’s tenure, the White House and the nation’s labor movement have been anything but best friends. Unions were disappointed when the White House refused to restructure banks during the financial crisis. They were exasperated by its unwillingness to protect union members’ gold-plated health care plans in the Affordable Care Act.
      Read More...

      In defense of President Obama

      When it comes to Barack Obama, I've always been out of sync. Back in 2008, when many liberals were wildly enthusiastic about his candidacy and his press was strongly favorable, I was skeptical. I worried that he was naive, that his talk about transcending the political divide was a dangerous illusion given the unyielding extremism of the modern American right.
      Read More...

      AFSCME 699, City of Bloomington cooperate with Citizens' Academy

      Labor and management at the City of Bloomington teamed up recently to give 20 residents a crash course in Public Works. AFSCME local 699 President Brad Peiffer and Public Works Director Jim Karch collaborated on the effort Sept. 11 as part of City Hall’s first Citizens Academy. The academy gives interested residents in-depth knowledge of city government. Mr.
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      Labor mourns loss of David Penn

      McLean County labor mourns the passing of David Penn (1950-2014), former business manager of Laborers Local 362 and Midwest Region Laborers Organizing Committee director.  Here are links to news stories about David and his obituary.
      Read More...

      Wage theft rampant in construction

      The McClatchy newspaper chain recently ran an excellent series of articles about wage theft and misclassification of workers. Many construction workers are paid cash money and not receiving their full wages, insurance, unemployment, Social Security and other benefits. Click here to read the complete series.


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