Today, this organization continues through its educational, philanthropic and cultural programs, including tuition-free evening instruction in trades-related education.
Labor unions, including some that did not at first like the idea, say that hooking up with nonunion workers' centers has helped them make gains, including growing their own memberships.
Obama's campaign for more construction jobs comes against a continuing backdrop of high joblessness in the construction industry: 17.2% in March, more than double the national jobless rate of 8.2%.
TROY, Mich. - PulteGroup CEO Richard Dugas ran for cover when he heard labor and community folks were going to show up at his fancy luncheon - but 300 came anyway, demanding jobs.
Some 15,000 construction workers in Chicagoland have been on strike for weeks over wages and health care benefits.