Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

Aug
2011
30

WHERE ARE THE LOCAL WORKERS?

WHERE ARE THE LOCAL WORKERS?
The Pottsville Intermodal Station in Pennsylvania, a project built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) last year, finished on time and $6 million under budget. 85% of the workers on the project were from Schuylkill County. The money they earned from the project stayed in the county. It was a win-win situation and the economic [&hellip...
Aug
2011
16

L.A. Football Stadium Likely To Become The City’s Latest Union-Built Job-Creator

L.A. Football Stadium Likely To Become The City’s Latest Union-Built Job-Creator
The Los Angeles City Council has announced that it will be getting a new football stadium that aims to be ready by the 2016 season. Along with the NFL stadium, a new convention center and two parking structures will be built adjacent to the Staples Center and L.A. Live. According to MyFoxLA, the proposal would [&hellip...
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Jul
2011
29

“Local dollars earned by local workers stay within the local economy, providing a benefit to our community.”

“Local dollars earned by local workers stay within the local economy, providing a benefit to our community.”
Recently, We Party Patriots reported a misleading study released by the Associated Builders and Contractors regarding the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for school construction projects in Southern California. The study received some press attention in San Diego, including a Sign On San Diego article which provided a relatively balanced...
Jul
2011
19

CA Co. Wants to Outsource Green Energy Production to Mexico, Squander $550M in Wages

CA Co. Wants to Outsource Green Energy Production to Mexico, Squander $550M in Wages
“There is a tradeoff between building renewable energy in California and building it in Mexico to import into California. In the case of Sempra’s proposed Energia Sierra Juarez transmission line, California and more specifically, Imperial County, loses.” In the 2008 Presidential Campaign, President Obama laid out a plan in which...
Jul
2011
18

Illinois Governor Signs Legislation to Create 1,300 Jobs at Coal-to-Natural Gas Plant

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law legislation that will bring a new clean energy coal-to-natural gas conversion plant and 1,300 jobs to the state by 2015. Of those jobs, 200 will be permanent positions at the plant, 165 will be in the mining sector, and close to 1,000 jobs will be created in the [&hellip...
Jul
2011
15

Save Yourself Some Money. Hire Legal Workers.

Save Yourself Some Money.  Hire Legal Workers.
Since 2008, an increased number of business owners have been receiving visits from Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents asking to see I-9 eligibility forms for all of their employees. For companies hiring illegal immigrants and paying them below the average wage to save money, a visit from the ICE man can mean fines and loss [&hellip...
Jul
2011
14

HB1752 Would Promote Responsible Contracting On Massachusetts Construction Projects

The Massachusetts Building and Construction Trades Council (MABCTC) recently supplied testimony in support of HB1752, an act to “promote responsible contracting on state construction projects in the state. The bill does not come out of left field, rather it takes after “Responsible Employer Ordinances that have been adopted and...
Jul
2011
8

FACT: In California, Non-Union Power Plants Spend Local Dollars On Out-Of-State Workers

The video, below, appears on the Industry Today Show website. The clip comes to the defense of Project Labor Agreements and suggests that “in the last 15 years, California’s Building Trades Unions, through their superior training programs and productivity, have built 96% of the Power Plants in the state for satisfied customers.”...
Jun
2011
30

$1.5 Billion L.A. Port PLA Signed

$1.5 Billion L.A. Port PLA Signed
Unemployed Union workers in Southern California have something to celebrate as Los Angeles city officials have announced a Project Labor Agreement that would cover $1.5 billion worth of port projects. The agreement will set wages for workers, reserve jobs for people living in depressed local neighborhoods, and prevent work stoppages. The Los...
Jun
2011
29

AFL-CIO, Building Trades to Announce Infrastructure Investment, Apprenticeship Boost

AFL-CIO, Building Trades to Announce Infrastructure Investment, Apprenticeship Boost
The New York Times this morning previews an appearance by AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka, at Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative event in Chicago. Trumka, joined by Building and Construction Trades Department President, Mark Ayers, will announce a $10 billion dollar, five-year investment of pension funds in infrastructure projects...
Jun
2011
27

Concerns Over Quality Control, Outsourcing Mount as San Fran Bridge Nears Completion

Industry groups in the United States and other countries have raised questions about the safety and quality of Chinese workmanship on such projects. Indeed, China has had quality control problems ranging from tainted milk to poorly built schools. The New York Times ran a weekend article — Bridge Comes to San Francisco With a Made-In-China...