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Obama signs bill to extend unemployment

Democrats finally break through Republican obstructionism

WITH AMERICANS struggling to find jobs, unemployment insurance has been a lifeline that helps cover the basics of everyday living until people can get back on their feet. Even so, Republicans have repeatedly blocked efforts to extend unemployment benefits to 2.5 million people.

That obstructionism came to an end July 21 when the Senate passed the $34 billion measure with the minimum of 60 yes votes. The House had previously approved the bill 272-152. President Obama signed the extension on July 23.

Obama signs Wall Street Reform bill

Measure seeks to prevent shadowy financial dealings

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA signed a new bill July 21 that will bring needed reforms to Wall Street. In the wake of the financial crash of 2008 that sent the U.S. economy into a steep recession, many had clamored for substantial new changes that would increase government oversight of big banks and investment firms, making Wall Street more accountable and making all Americans more secure.

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LEAP honors two members for activism

L-11 President Robert Winger (c.) receives an award from IP Newton Jones, left, with IVP J. Tom Baca at right.

Winger, Maciejewski receive recognition

TWO MEMBERS WHO exemplify outstanding political activism received special recognition at this year’s LEAP conference.

Robert Winger, president of Local 11 (Helena, Mont.), received a certificate of appreciation for promoting clean coal technology. Winger has built positive relationships with the offices of Montana’s senators.

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2010 Congressional Reception

FOR BOILERMAKER delegates attending the LEAP conference, the congressional reception is a special opportunity to build on the relationships they have established with U.S. senators and representatives.

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Boilermakers receive awards for CAF, LEF support

Pittsburgh Local 154 delegates accept the award for the highest CAF contribution by a local from Intl. Pres. Newton Jones (holding award), with IVP Sean Murphy (5th from right).

Money helps pro-worker candidates, builds strong member education

BOILERMAKERS WHO EXCELLED at raising money for CAF and LEF in 2009 received recognition during the annual LEAP conference in Washington, D.C., April 28. International President Newton B. Jones presented crystal “capitol dome” awards to vice-presidential sections and individual local lodges for exceptional performance.

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LEAP focuses on jobs

IP Newton Jones charges Republicans with blocking progress on critical issues.

IP Jones blasts GOP obstructionism

WITH UNEMPLOYMENT still hovering around 10 percent overall (and much higher in the construction industry), it was no surprise that jobs would be a primary focus during the LEAP conference in Washington, D.C., April 25-30. Presenters at the conference took aim at some of the underlying causes of job losses: Wall Street excesses, unfair trade, and partisanship on Capitol Hill.

In his opening remarks, International President Newton B. Jones blasted the GOP for holding up progress on economic recovery.

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Obama adds union-friendly candidates to NLRB

President sidesteps Senate obstructionists, makes recess appointments

ORGANIZED LABOR RECEIVED positive news March 27 when President Obama placed two union-friendly candidates on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Using a process known as recess appointments, the president circumvented Republican senators who had blocked confirmation votes for dozens of the Obama administration’s nominees, some for nearly six months.

DGA announces 2010 legislative issues

THE 111TH CONGRESS began full of optimism and hope for progress on the ambitious agenda outlined by President Obama in his inaugural speech. Unfortunately, a great deal of that optimism was quickly replaced by partisan bickering and legislative gridlock. Many of the initiatives on which the Boilermakers had hoped to achieve quick victories have fallen victim to Senate Republicans who were determined to deny the new president any legislative successes. But as the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy said, “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives.”

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L-169, L-199 rally for jobs

Four Local 169 members rally for construction jobs in Michigan last fall. L. to r., Josh Fuentes, Brandon Vermeesch, Neal Marsh, and Greg Webb.

Unions speak out in era of economic uncertainty

UNION MEMBERS ACROSS the country are making their voices heard when it comes to getting the work they need to support their families. Recently, Local 169 (Detroit) and Local 199 (Jacksonville, Fla.) took to the streets at rallies in their respective states.

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Locals  L-169, L-199


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