The Houston area will need about 40,000 skilled construction workers to fill about $52 billion worth of jobs in the pipeline, according to Tefere Gebre, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO. Thirteen apprenticeship schools in the area all combining class work with on-the-job learning. "This program is great for someone who is looking for an alternative way to have a career and not have so much debt when they make it out," said student Taylor Thomson.
While some conservative groups are pushing to eliminate the federal gas tax and transfer the responsibility to the states, AFL-CIO's Transportation Trades Department has come out in support of preserving the tax, which funds road construction across the country.
Treat e-mail ruthlessly to avoid getting tied to the inbox, Aaron Dignan writes. It's impossible to give every e-mail your full attention, so the key is to identify what's truly important and deal quickly and efficiently with the rest. "The most important rule in achieving your goals via your inbox is that distracting opportunities have to die for your most important goals to live," Dignan writes.
The average salary for a CEO at a Standard & Poor's 500 company was 354 times higher than that of the average worker last year, according to an analysis by the AFL-CIO. The union is asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to enforce a Dodd-Frank Act provision that requires public companies to report the pay ratio comparing CEOs and workers.
The AFL-CIO will pick up 800,000 more members as The Laborers' International Union, which represents construction workers, has agreed to reunite after leaving the AFL-CIO fold in 2005. Last year, the hotel, restaurant and clothing workers also rejoined. AFL-CIO leadership is trying to win back four remaining groups that had formed the Change to Win federation after a dispute over the direction of the AFL-CIO.