Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Jul
2011
28

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Signs Project Labor Agreement Act

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Signs Project Labor Agreement Act
In a move that Building Trades union members hope will set a precedent for Governors in other states, Pat Quinn of Illinois yesterday signed The Project Labor Agreement Act, HB 2987, which local news affiliate ABC-7 says “aims to ensure a fair bidding process for women and minority-owned businesses seeking state contracts.” PHOTOS of...
Jul
2011
23

The HIT Keeps On Coming: Investment Trust to Create 300 Housing Units, 600 Jobs in SF

The HIT Keeps On Coming: Investment Trust to Create 300 Housing Units, 600 Jobs in SF
The AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust (HIT) is a way affiliated unions put their pension funds to work to create jobs and bolster communities. This week, the program announced a partnership with Emerald Fund, Inc., “one of San Francisco’s premier real estate development companies with expertise in bringing housing to...
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Jul
2011
22

Dylan Ratigan Has Been Bringing The Pitfalls Of Free Trade Agreements To The Semi-Mainstream

Dylan Ratigan Has Been Bringing The Pitfalls Of Free Trade Agreements To The Semi-Mainstream
Recently, MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan has dug his heels into the pending Free Trade Agreements that President Obama and hordes of Republican leaders have pushed for. The FTAs are slated to be signed with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea and are similar to the wildly unpopular NAFTA of the Bill Clinton era. On Ratigan’s show, [&hellip...
Jul
2011
22

Medford, MA Bridge Project Sets Precedent For Traffic Alleviation During Construction

Medford, MA Bridge Project Sets Precedent For Traffic Alleviation During Construction
President Obama has challenged the nation to come up with more creative and efficient ways to do their work. In Massachusetts the Building Trades’ work on the 93Fast14 project has been gaining attention for doing just that. The Patrick/Murray administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program has been an excellent example of how business can...
Jul
2011
21

Minnesota Construction Workers Exhale As $531 Million In Infrastructure Investments Pass

Minnesota Construction Workers Exhale As $531 Million In Infrastructure Investments Pass
Construction workers in Minnesota watched Tuesday night’s special session of state government with hopeful hearts as their representatives passed a $531 million bonding bill that would bolster infrastructure investment in the state. It could create 14,000 jobs, but not everyone is pleased: Based on an oft-cited analysis from academic Stephen...
Jul
2011
20

WaPo Spotlights Ironworker Apprentice Who Built a Bridge to a New Life Through Labor

WaPo Spotlights Ironworker Apprentice Who Built a Bridge to a New Life Through Labor
The Washington Post recently told the story of Darren Carroll, an Ironworker apprentice, and his tenacity to re-enter the work force after an injury sidelined him for an extended period of time. The article describes how Carroll found an opportunity to work on a local bridge project at a Community Outreach center and dedicated himself [&hellip...
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

Woody Guthrie Turned 99 This Week

Woody Guthrie Turned 99 This Week
On July 12th, Folk-singer and hero of the American working man, Woody Guthrie, would have turned 99 years old. According to woodyguthrie.org, the upcoming year will be a full-tilt preparation for the 2012 centennial celebration of his life’s work. The voice of a generation left disenfranchised and disenchanted by the Great Depression,...
Jul
2011
15

Los Angeles and Atlanta Top the List of Partners Taking the Better Buildings Challenge

Los Angeles and Atlanta Top the List of Partners Taking the Better Buildings Challenge
Speaking at a recent Clinton Global Initiative event, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that 14 partners are ready to take President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge. According to the press release: “The Better Buildings Challenge is part of the Better Buildings Initiative that President Obama launched in February to catalyze...
Jul
2011
11

Illinois Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Funding $31 Billion Of Vital Construction Projects

Illinois Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Funding $31 Billion Of Vital Construction Projects
Last week we waited with bated breath for a Illinois Supreme Court ruling on the legality of funding vital construction programs with alternative revenue streams such as video poker, license plate fees and the like. Today the state of Illinois collectively exhaled as $31 billion in project funds were giving the green light. Chicago Tribune...
Jul
2011
10

Indiana’s Privatized Tollway Lost $209M in 2010

Eleven million trucks. That’s how many 18-wheelers needed to rumble across northern Indiana in 2010 for the state’s 157-mile toll road to break even. Unfortunately, only about half that many did and the road came up $209 million short. This sounds like the beginning of yet another story about recession-ravaged states bleeding cash. 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.”...