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.
Employers in large part escape liability when an employee dies in the workplace, as the median civil penalty in cases investigated by the federal government is $5,050, Claire Zillman writes. Workplace deaths are "generally not viewed as something that the Department of Justice has put time and resources toward," the AFL-CIO's Peg Seminario says.
Janitors in and near Columbus, Ohio, may strike due to a plan to reduce the percentage of full-time workers. The local union is negotiating with the seven cleaning companies that comprise the Columbus Area Service Contractors Association. Their contract expired in January.
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 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.