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Forbes.com Article Says Students Should Consider The “Other Four-Year Degree”

A January Forbes.com article discusses the advantages of apprenticeships and other vocational educations over bachelor’s degrees. The article, written by Nicholas Wyman, points out that roughly 13 million Americans with college degrees are unemployed and countless more are either underemployed or have given up trying to find a job....



Strickland visits Rossford Training Center

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland made a campaign stop at the Rossford training center in northwest Ohio. He toured the state-of-the-art facility and spoke with second-year apprentices. Strickland saw firsthand how the building trades provide their members with a free education that gives them a pathway to live a...



Union density down slightly in 2014: Annual report

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that union density was 11.1 percent in 2014, down 0.2 percent from the year before. During the year, unions added 48,000 members, but the overall workforce grew more. The agency’s annual survey for 2014 also showed the median weekly wage of union members...



OSHA Budget Cuts Would Prove Dangerous

A budget cut is likely for the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a major detriment to the safety of workers and construction costs. The House has proposed that the 2014 budgets for OSHA and other DOL agencies be cut 18.6 percent from their sequestered 2013 budgets,...



Labor Day Message for Unions

With Labor Day only days away, it’s fitting that some news outlets have devoted time to discussing labor unions and their presence in the current economy. The following is an article posted on The Hill’s Congress Blog entitled “Five reasons for optimism about unions this Labor Day”: The week...



Michigan Officially Latest “So Called Right to Work” State

Our neighbor to the north, Michigan, becomes the latest “So Called Right to Work” state this week, effectively stripping its workers of protections afforded by unions. The legislation, passed during a December lame duck session that did not provide any opportunity for public comment, takes effect today. In Ohio...




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