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WASHINGTON -- Carhartt, America's premium work wear brand since 1889, today, donated $100,000 to Helmets to Hardhats, a nonprofit program designed to help active-duty military service members National Guard, reservists and veterans successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the building and trade industry. The company has committed to donating $100,000 annually to support the organization's mission to train transitioning vets for careers in the trades.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune recently published a column by conservative columnist Steven Greenhut criticizing several California State Building and Construction Trades Council-sponsored bills to encourage project labor agreements on school construction projects. Council President Robbie Hunter submitted a scathing response to the newspaper, pointing out the flaws in the column and the merits of those bills.

Here is the Steven Greenhut column, followed by President Hunter’s response.

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Dale Belman, a professor in the School of Labor and Industrial Relations & Department of Economics at Michigan State University, offers a compelling defense of prevailing wage laws.

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The rush to repeal state prevailing wage statutes has some people wondering if our nation's governing elite sincerely believe that hard-working Americans are simply living too well.

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In his monthly column for the Building Trades News, Ron Miller - Executive Secretary of the Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades Council - compares and contrasts the approach to career training and education taken by Starbucks and North America's Building Trades Unions...

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American political and media elites and their disdain for blue-collar workers. Read More

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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