Archive for the ‘INFRASTRUCTURE’ Category

Nov
2016
16

Questions About Labor Supply, Wages, Tax Breaks Surround Trump’s $1T Infrastructure Plan

Questions About Labor Supply, Wages, Tax Breaks Surround Trump's $1T Infrastructure Plan
  On its face, Donald Trump’s promise to invest one trillion dollars into our nation’s crumbling infrastructure looks like a good thing. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives the the U.S. a D+ on infrastructure and decades of underfunding have left us in serious need of an overhaul. The ASCE estimates that it [&hellip...
Nov
2016
15

Give ’em Props: Building Trades Score Two Major Ballot Measure Victories on Election Night

Give 'em Props: Building Trades Score Two Major Ballot Measure Victories on Election Night
  Construction unions scored a pair of victories in California last week when constituents voted YES on Proposition 51, a $9 billion school bond measure dedicated to the construction and modernization of schools and community colleges across the state. They also voted NO on Proposition 53, which would have required a statewide vote for every...
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Nov
2016
9

$331M in Clean Water Infrastructure Spending Coming to Rural Areas in 39 States

$331M in Clean Water Infrastructure Spending Coming to Rural Areas in 39 States
  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the USDA will invest $331 million into clean water infrastructure projects in rural communities. Of the 85 dedicated projects across 39 states, approximately half will go towards low-income StrikeForce counties. During the Obama Presidency, the USDA has invested $13.9 billion in 5,825...
Oct
2016
25

Accidental Scientific Discovery Could Hold the Key to Sustainable Clean Energy Future

Accidental Scientific Discovery Could Hold the Key to Sustainable Clean Energy Future
  Earlier this month, U.S. scientists stumbled upon a way to convert carbon dioxide into ethanol. Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is a greenhouse gas that results from burning fossil fuels and contributes significantly to global warming. Ethanol is a far cleaner energy source that many, including the United States and Chinese governments, see as an...
Oct
2016
19

CA One Step Closer to Project Labor Agreement on Monterey’s Interlake Tunnel Project

CA One Step Closer to Project Labor Agreement on Monterey's Interlake Tunnel Project
  In August, the debate over funding for the $78.2 million Interlake Tunnel project in Monterey, California began to heat up. A $10 million state grant tied to a worker-supportive Project Labor Agreement (PLA) hung in the balance. But last week, the county water resources agency staff recommended the Board of Supervisors accept the funding:...
Oct
2016
5

St. Louis Building Trades Leader: Clean Energy Program Would Create 6K Jobs, $1B Economic Impact

St. Louis Building Trades Leader: Clean Energy Program Would Create 6K Jobs, $1B Economic Impact
  In a recent op-ed for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Building Trades Executive Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Aboussie came out in support of Missouri’s new Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) initiative. The program aims to “help homeowners use less energy, lower utility bills, make their homes safer and more comfortable,...
Sep
2016
19

Since 1936, Every GOP President Has Created Manufacturing Losses. Every Democrat? Gains.

Since 1936, Every GOP President Has Created Manufacturing Losses. Every Democrat? Gains.
  Donald Trump and the GOP would have you believe they are the party to revive manufacturing in America. But they would be wrong. Put plainly, the numbers don’t lie. Over the past 80 years, when Republicans held the oval office, manufacturing jobs decreased. When Democrats were in office, manufacturing jobs increased. It’s as...
Sep
2016
13

Santa Monica Approves 30% Local Hiring Mandate, Targets 10% Figure for Disadvantaged Workers

Santa Monica Approves 30% Local Hiring Mandate, Targets 10% Figure for Disadvantaged Workers
  Last week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion requiring contractors to hire more local workers on county construction projects. The new policy stipulates that 30% of all workers on county-controlled projects be local residents, with 10% being “targeted workers” who face high barriers to employment: The...
Sep
2016
1

First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Now Complete, IBEW Local 99 Crew “A Part of History”

First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Now Complete, IBEW Local 99 Crew
  America’s first offshore wind farm has been completed off the coast of Rhode Island, and more than 50 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 99 members helped build it. The Block Island Wind Farm is relatively small but could be a harbinger of things to come: By global standards, the Block Island Wind Farm is a...
Aug
2016
25

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead’s Danger to U.S. Health

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead's Danger to U.S. Health
  The Illinois Sierra Club and the Illinois Pipe Trades Association formed an encouraging alliance this week. In an opinion piece for Crain’s, the two organizations teamed up to highlight the dangers posed by lead piping and the importance of identifying and removing it immediately. “There is lead in the water of many cities,...
Aug
2016
23

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending

Makes a Lot of Cents: Tiny L.A. Sales Tax Increase Would Spur Infrastructure, Transit Spending
  Earlier this month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a ballot initiative that, if passed in November, would see major investments in public transit and highway infrastructure spending. Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) Measure M, officially called the “Los Angeles...
Aug
2016
23

SD Courts to Hear Building Trades’ Complaint Regarding Transparency, Community Benefits

SD Courts to Hear Building Trades' Complaint Regarding Transparency, Community Benefits
  Back in July, we wrote about a lawsuit levied by the Building Trades against a nonprofit company called Civic San Diego. CivicSD approves and processes ministerial and discretionary land-use applications in parts of downtown San Diego and surrounding communities. San Diego is the only municipality in the state that outsources these kinds...