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Training Up Down Under

In 2012, the Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) and Australia’s Plumbing Trades Employees Union (PTEU) entered into a unique affiliation agreement to combat global climate change by sharing industry best practices, particularly around alternate forms of energy generation, such as biofuels and geothermal technology. The affiliation allows for joint skills training and employment initiatives in the United States, Canada and Australia.

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Throwing Bricks Through Glass Ceilings

Throwing Bricks Through Glass Ceilings

In 1973, 21-year-old Barbara Moore became the first woman to enter the apprenticeship program of Bricklayers (BAC) Local 1 of Maryland. A couple of decades later, she served as both president of the former local and as Baltimore chapter chair of BAC Local 1 MD/VA/DC.

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116 Win Union Plus Scholarships

116 Win Union Plus Scholarships

The 2014 Union Plus Scholarship program has awarded 116 union members and union family members $150,000 in higher education scholarships, ranging from $500 to $4,000. Click here to see the scholarship winners and their unions.

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AFSCME Wants Your Help Getting the Word Out That 'Unions Work'

AFSCME Wants Your Help Getting the Word Out That 'Unions Work'

The smart people over at AFSCME have done the research. They've seen the numbers. They've seen the evidence. And it's very clear: unions work. Pretty much everyone benefits when workers have a strong voice and can actively participate in collective bargaining. Now AFSCME wants your help. They've created the tools to help spread this message far and wide. Can you help do that?

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Don't Forget to #ThankATeacher for National Teacher Appreciation Day

Don't Forget to #ThankATeacher for National Teacher Appreciation Day

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day and people across the country are thanking their teachers on Twitter, using the hashtag #ThankATeacher. Here are some of the best tweets so far, including the picture (on the left) tweeted by NASA administrator Charles Bolden.

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Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program Is a World-Class Training Program for America's Best and Brightest

On Monday, April 14, members and leaders of the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), representatives of the Finishing Contractors Association International (FCA), local political leaders and U.S. Army leaders gathered for the graduation of five military members from the new Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program (PAT-VP).

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Training @Work: Nights of Labor Studies

Training @Work: Nights of Labor Studies

Daryl Mosely was desperate for a better opportunity to support his family. Frustrated by his retail job’s low wages and disappointed by the small yearly raises, when his father—a union plumber and former apprentice—encouraged him to apply for an apprenticeship program, Mosely was all ears.

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Testing Their Mettle

Testing Their Mettle

The Boilermakers (IBB) union places its apprentice training program at center stage every year by hosting a national apprenticeship competition. The competition is a pressure cooker: Over the course of four 10-hour days, apprentices are tested on the entire four-year Boilermakers apprenticeship curriculum and acquired hands-on skills.

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What Happens When You Build a State-of-the-Art Training Center? The City Names Part of the Highway After You

George Bove poses with the new IBEW highway sign.

Knoxville, Tenn., is pretty proud of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) Electrician Training Academy. So proud, in fact, it renamed 2 miles of Interstate 75 after the union training facility. 

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This is How We Rebuild the Middle Class

When leaders in the Chicago Federation of Labor learned that Austin High School was closing, they jumped at the opportunity to take a proactive approach to building a viable middle class and training the next generation of skilled workers. They brought together labor, more than 60 businesses, and government and community leaders to open Austin Polytechnical Academy, which prepares students for rewarding careers in engineering. Watch the video in the post to learn more about this exciting project.

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