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The following statement was released today by North America's Building Trades Unions in reaction to passage by the U.S. Senate of legislation providing the President with Trade Promotion Authority:

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WASHINGTON, DC -- The following statement was released today by North America's Building Trades Unions in reaction to the agreement reached on the framework for a reformed 421-a program that ensures the payment of prevailing wages for New York City's construction workforce:

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Former President Bill Clinton appeared on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" where he discussed the partnership between the Clinton Global Initiative, the Building Trades, AFT, and the AFL-CIO to invest pension funds in commercial building retro-fits that create jobs and provide opportunities for apprenticeship training.

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More than 59 percent of likely voters support maintaining Michigan's prevailing wage, a more than 2-1 advantage over the 25 percent of voters who want the law scrapped, according to a statewide poll released exclusively to The Detroit News and WDIV-TV.

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Outlines plan to offer businesses a tax credit of $1,500 for each trainee.

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The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners overwhelmingly approved an update to its "responsible bidder" policy.  The policy gives higher consideration to contract bidders who have a large percentage of local workers and participate in apprenticeship training programs.

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This week "Operation Exit" held a graduation ceremony for 15 students who completed the 3½-week apprenticeship-readiness program for people who have been in the criminal justice system or are considered to be at high risk.

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Building Trades Leaders, NAACP, and St. Louis Mayor hold press conference to announce first graudation class from Building Union Diversity (BUD) program, and announce launch of website to connect jobseekers to jobs.

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Only weeks after Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law a bill to remove prevailing wage protections for school construction, the State Legislature reversed course and reinstated those protections.

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