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News Archive 2009

S 2882 introduced by U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
Tue, Dec 15, 2009

Taxpayer Responsibility, Accountability, and Consistency Act of 2009 (Introduced in Senate). Click Here to read more.


2008 Immigration Report
Fri, Nov 20, 2009

An in-depth report of the types and numbers of visas categories issued for entry into the United States. Click Here to read more.


DOL OSHA News Release on Emphasis Program on recordkeeping
Thu, Oct 1, 2009

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is initiating a national emphasis program (NEP) on record keeping to assess the accuracy of injury and illness data recorded by employers. Click Here to read more.


President Obama's Health Care Speech to Congress on 9/9/09.
Thu, Sep 10, 2009

President Obama's strong message to Congress and Americans that Health Care Reform has to be done now. Click Here to view the video.


GAO issues report on Worker Misclassification
Thu, Sep 10, 2009

In depth report by the Government Accountability Office on employee misclassifications as independent contractors. Click Here to read more.


US Congressman John Dingell (D-MI) files H.R. 3200 for affordable health care on 07/14/09.
Tue, Aug 4, 2009

HR 3200 main objective is 'To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. '
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HR 3408 introduced by U.S. Representative McDermott
Thu, Jul 30, 2009

Taxpayer Responsibility, Accountability, and Consistency Act of 2009 (Introduced in House). Click Here to read more.


Senator Franken's 1st Act after being sworn in as Minnesota's Junior Senator
Wed, Jul 8, 2009

"I just became a cosponsor of my first bill in the Senate, the Employee Free Choice Act," the Minnesota Democrat declared at a gathering at the AFL-CIO on Tuesday evening. Click Here to read more.


Secretary Napolitano Strengthens Employment Verification with Administration's Commitment to E-Verify
Wed, Jul 8, 2009

E-Verify rule goes into effect on September 8,2009 for contractors and subcontractors that do federal projects. No match rule to be rescinded in favor of E-Verify.


Want to Take Action for The Employee Free Choice Act
Mon, Jul 6, 2009

Click Here to send a letter to your U.S. senators and representative in Washington, D.C., and ask them to support the Employee Free Choice Act!


DOL implements new rule changes on the H-2B Process
Thu, Jul 2, 2009

Rules were published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2009 and went into effect on January 19, 2009, just one day before President Obama takes office making it virtually impossible to change without new rulemaking procedures.


OP-ED from National Building Trades President Mark Ayers on the Employee Free Choice Act.
Wed, Jul 1, 2009

Article was published in the Summer 2009 issue of the Construction Users Roundtable Magazine. Click Here to read more.


Representative Michael Michaud, ME files legislation HR 3012 relating to foreign trade agreements.
Wed, Jun 24, 2009

To require a review of existing trade agreements and renegotiation of existing trade agreements based on the review, to set terms for future trade agreements, to express the sense of the Congress that the role of Congress in trade policymaking should be strengthened, and for other purposes. Click Here to read more.


US Department of Energy Working to Finalize $18.5 Billion in Nuclear Loan Guarantees
Wed, Jun 3, 2009

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President Obama announces nominees for National Labor Relations Board
Fri, Apr 24, 2009

Press release from the White House announcing nominations to several agency posts. Click Here to read more.


Representative John Kline, MN files legislation HR 2026 to get federal funding for non-union training programs under the "Green Jobs" program.
Wed, Apr 22, 2009

Introduced.
Green Jobs Improvement Act - Amends the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to make nonunion training programs eligible for federal funding under the energy efficiency and renewable energy worker training program (Green Jobs program). Applies certain worker protections and nondiscrimination requirements to such programs. Click Here to read more.


Representative Frank Kratovil, MD files legislation HR 1934 to extend H-2B Visas above the annual 66,000 cap.
Thu, Apr 2, 2009

Introduced.
American Job and Seasonal Business Preservation Act - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to exempt certain returning H-2B aliens (temporary nonagricultural worker) from annual numerical limitations in FY2009. Click Here to read more.


Senator Bernie Sanders,VT files legislation S 703 to provide for health care for every American and to control the cost and enhance the quality of the health care system.
Wed, Mar 25, 2009

Introduced.
American Health Security Act of 2009 - Establishes the State-Based American Health Security Program to provide every U.S. resident who is a U.S. citizen, national, or lawful resident alien with health care services. Requires each participating state to establish a state health security program.


Representative George Miller, CA files legislation HR 1409 to amend the National Labor Relations Act.
Tue, Mar 10, 2009

Introduced.
Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 - Amends the National Labor Relations Act to require the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to certify a bargaining representative without directing an election if a majority of the bargaining unit employees have authorized designation of the representative (card-check) and there is no other individual or labor organization currently certified or recognized as the exclusive representative of any of the employees in the unit. 


Senator Edward Kennedy, MA files legislation S 560 to amend the National Labor Relations Act.
Tue, Mar 10, 2009

Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 - Amends the National Labor Relations Act to require the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to certify a bargaining representative without directing an election if a majority of the bargaining unit employees have authorized designation of the representative (card-check) and there is no other individual or labor organization currently certified or recognized as the exclusive representative of any of the employees in the unit. 


Representative Bart Supak, MI files legislation HR 1136 to extend H-2B Visas above the annual 66,000 cap.
Mon, Feb 23, 2009

Introduced.
Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2009 - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to exempt certain returning H-2B aliens (temporary nonagricultural worker) from annual numerical limitations. Click Here to read more.


Joe Bertucci, Longtime Louisiana Building Trades Leader, Passes Away
Tue, Feb 17, 2009

Joseph M. Bertucci, the Executive Secretary of the Southeast Louisiana Building and Construction Trades Council, and President of the Louisiana State Building Trades Council and the longest serving Building Trades Council officer in the United States passed away on February 13.  He was 83 years old. Click Here to read more.


Letter sent to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
Wed, Feb 11, 2009

President Mark Ayers sends letter to Speaker Pelosi on the Stimulus Package in the U.S. House. Click Here to read more.


Letter to the Honorable Senator Harry Reid
Wed, Feb 11, 2009

President Mark Ayers sends letter to Senator Reid on the Stimulus Package in the U.S. Senate. Click Here to read more.


Senator Barbara Mikulski, MD files legislation S 388 to extend H-2B Visas above the 66,000 annual cap.
Thu, Feb 5, 2009

Introduced
Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2009 - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to extend for three years after the date of enactment of this Act the annual cap exemption for returning H-2B aliens (temporary nonagricultural worker).
Provides that such amendment shall: (1) take effect as if enacted on December 1, 2008; and (2) apply only to petitions with an approved start date in FY2009-FY2011.
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Senator John Conyers, MI files legislation HR 676 to expand Medicare for all Americans
Mon, Jan 26, 2009

Introduced.
United States National Health Care Act or the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act - Establishes the United States National Health Care (USNHC) Program to provide all individuals residing in the United States and U.S. territories with free health care that includes all medically necessary care, such as primary care and prevention, prescription drugs, emergency care, long-term care, mental health services, dental services, and vision care. Click Here to read more.