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HARRISBURG, Pa., July 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pharmaceutical Industry Labor-Management Association today released an update to its first-of-its-kind report on the economic impact of the long-standing partnership between skilled craft unions and the biopharmaceutical industry in Pennsylvania and 13 other states. The report found that Pennsylvania building trades helped drive $3.59 billion in investment on major construction projects (over $5 million) active at any point between 2015 and 2021. During the same time period, skilled craft union worker earnings in Pennsylvania reached nearly $85 million – representing nearly 7.3 million hours of work – in addition to significant funding for union health insurance and pension benefits.  Updated from a study between 2012 and 2017, the study shows a steady growth in investment from the biopharmaceutical industry both in Pennsylvania and in the US – with the investment and earnings growing every year since 2015.

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The Charles Koch Foundation donated nearly $12 million to Arizona State University (ASU), the nation's most innovative university, according to U.S. News & World Report. A press release from the Koch Foundation said that the grant money would be used to develop programs for "students to more effectively pursue their own individualized and self-defined learning goals." One sponsored initiative is a "stackable credential" system that would allow students – particularly low-income and working students – to accumulate industry-specific credentials and customize their higher-education experience.

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(The Center Square) – Small business owners are continuing to have problems attracting new workers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and are trying to entice them with new incentives, a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows.

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PITTSBURGH, July 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of the United Steelworkers union (USW) today ratified a new four-year contract with specialty steel maker Allegheny Technologies Inc., (ATI) that raises wages, provides lump-sum payments and protects affordable, high-quality health care for current and future workers.