Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Sep
2011
16

Minnesota: A Construction Microcosm

Minnesota: A Construction Microcosm
Politicians on both sides of the aisle looking to help small businesses should take note of the numbers coming out of Minnesota pertaining to construction jobs. Corporate America is always looking for return on investment and putting construction workers back to work is an investment that provides just that by putting wages back into our [&hellip...
Sep
2011
15

Behold, the Hooters 9/11 Tapes

Behold, the Hooters 9/11 Tapes
For the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Hooters, the most American of restaurants, released a video commemoration. Through the past decade of fear and political strife one thing has remained constant: if you go to Hooters you will be served cold beer and hot wings by a cute, smiling college girl who is utilizing the free [&hellip...
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Sep
2011
14

8 of the 10 States With the Lowest Percentage of Insured Residents Are “Right-to-Work” States

8 of the 10 States With the Lowest Percentage of Insured Residents Are “Right-to-Work” States
In this week’s CNN/Tea Party debate, Governor Rick Perry said that the first thing he would do if elected President would be to repeal “Obamacare.” That would be unfortunate for his constituents because Texas has the worst healthcare of any state in the union with nearly a quarter of its residents uninsured. This leaves the...
Sep
2011
13

The Sun Is Setting on Bridges in States Where GOP Senators Refuse to Invest in Infrastructure

The Sun Is Setting on Bridges in States Where GOP Senators Refuse to Invest in Infrastructure
In his Jobs Speech last Thursday, President Obama spoke about The Sherman–Minton Bridge between Indiana and Kentucky that badly needed to be fixed. Late Friday, the State of Indiana had to shut it down indefinitely after officials discovered cracks in the span. The bridge had been labeled “structurally deficient” by the Bureau of...
Sep
2011
13

PLA Roundup: IN Mayor Touts Ford Center, IA Gov Strikes a Court Victory, NV Job Comes to Halt

PLA Roundup: IN Mayor Touts Ford Center, IA Gov Strikes a Court Victory, NV Job Comes to Halt
INDIANA Evansville, IN mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel recently made a splash by speaking on behalf of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns in favor of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). Republican lawmakers in Indiana have placed tougher restrictions on PLAs in the past year and many have wishes of doing away with them completely. Weinzapfel spoke...
Sep
2011
12

8,000 LIUNA Members to Congress: Extend the Federal Transportation Spending Plan

8,000 LIUNA Members to Congress: Extend the Federal Transportation Spending Plan
If House Republicans refuse to get on board,0 the current extension of the Federal Transportation Spending Plan and the 18.4 cent per gallon Gasoline Tax that funds it will expire, leaving infrastructure to its continued decay and 4,000 working Americans to job loss. Political infighting and partisan bickering have allowed this extension to...
Sep
2011
10

Homeless, At-Risk Vets Receive Medical Care at Annual “Stand Down” Hosted by IBEW 103

Homeless, At-Risk Vets Receive Medical Care at Annual “Stand Down” Hosted by IBEW 103
This year marked the first time the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 has hosted “Massachusetts Stand Down,” a 20-year-old event to help homeless and at-risk veterans. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Lt. Governor Tim Murray were in attendance to witness this display of patriotism and camaraderie. Hurricane...
Sep
2011
8

From an Ironworker to a Veteran (From a Veteran to an Ironworker)

From an Ironworker to a Veteran (From a Veteran to an Ironworker)
This is a guest post by Shawn Cleary, Business Agent from Ironworkers Local 7 in New Hampshire/Massachusetts. These days, anyone driving down Lafayette Rd. in Portsmouth, NH can’t help but notice the crane setting steel at the new headquarters for Service Credit Union. With construction being among the hardest hit sectors in this recession,...
Sep
2011
8

Missouri Trade Incentive Act Could Bring Construction Jobs, Farm Exports to the State

Missouri Trade Incentive Act Could Bring Construction Jobs, Farm Exports to the State
The Aerotropolis Trade Incentive Act (ATIA) is a bipartisan economic development plan that supporters say would create jobs throughout the state of Missouri. This could be welcome news to workers in Missouri which ranked just 33rd nationally in job creation over the last year, losing jobs in seven of the last 12 months according to [&hellip...
Sep
2011
7

REPORT: Washington Nationals Park Achieved Impressive Local Hire and Apprenticeship Figures

REPORT: Washington Nationals Park Achieved Impressive Local Hire and Apprenticeship Figures
Workers in Washington, D.C’s Ward 8 stood in protest with unemployed Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) workers at the construction site at St. Elizabeth’s, of a Department of Homeland Security project where only 14 percent of the total hours worked have been logged by D.C. residents. Ward 8 is currently experiencing...
Sep
2011
2

“Today’s construction spending data makes it even more imperative for a federal jobs policy that infuses construction dollars into the economy.”

Construction spending fell by 1.3% between June and July this year to an annual rate of $789.5 billion, according to the U.S Census Bureau news release. This is 32% less than July 2007 when the annual rate of construction was $1.2 trillion. The largest percentage fall in construction spending came from public construction, including educational,...
Aug
2011
30

“Children growing up in these troubled times need as much guidance as possible, because they may someday be the generation to change things for good.”

When I had just started 7th grade my teacher gave us an assignment to talk to our families over Labor Day weekend about what Labor Day meant. I remember my Uncle telling me that “Labor Day was the day of the year that we took off to be with our families to enjoy all that [&hellip...