Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Oct
2011
18

Jobs Act Passage Needed for School Funding As Much As Anything Else

Jobs Act Passage Needed for School Funding As Much As Anything Else
While the Obama Jobs Bill remains up in the air, school districts around the country wait with baited breath. The package’s $60 billion ($30 billion for repairs and $30 billion to prevent layoffs) in aid to public schools needs to come sooner than later for many states whose Republican statehouses have recently made drastic education...
Oct
2011
17

Local Bricklayers Perform Gratis Work on World Trade Center Memorial

International Brick Layers Local 4 is helping to complete a 9/11 Memorial in Warren County, New Jersey that has run into funding snags during the ten year period since it was authorized to be built. The memorial will be the county’s first and will commemorate those who have died in the line of duty as [&hellip...
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Oct
2011
15

HERE WE GO AGAIN: Gap Closing Nearly 200 U.S. Stores, Tripling Operations In China

HERE WE GO AGAIN: Gap Closing Nearly 200 U.S. Stores, Tripling Operations In China
We’ve seen companies in the technology sector do it. We’ve seen companies in the manufacturing sector do it. Now we’re seeing the leader of the ‘nice clothes for everyday Americans’ sector do it. Gap is closing up shops and moving to China. From the Christian Science Monitor: Gap Inc., the clothing retailer which runs...
Oct
2011
13

With $5B of Upcoming Construction Work in CT, There Are Calls for PLAs to Ensure Local Hire

With $5B of Upcoming Construction Work in CT, There Are Calls for PLAs to Ensure Local Hire
In Connecticut, 30 percent of construction trades workers are currently unemployed, a number that titans over the state’s overall 9.1 percent unemployment rate. There is hope, however, for some of these unemployed workers as Capital Resource Partners recently identified 114 upcoming projects that will total $5.4 billion of work in north...
Oct
2011
12

Troops to Energy Jobs Program Seeks to Fill the Energy Sector Employment Gap with Military Veterans

Troops to Energy Jobs Program Seeks to Fill the Energy Sector Employment Gap with Military Veterans
The @IBEW Twitter account this morning points to an article about a jobs program for military veterans focused on Energy Jobs. The energy sector is in need of new bodies, according to the article: The numbers demonstrate an opportunity for a natural symbiosis between unemployed veterans and a utility industry that’s facing its own work...
Oct
2011
9

DE Considers Job-Creating Refinery Resurrection That Officials Say Would Avoid Pitfalls of Pollution

DE Considers Job-Creating Refinery Resurrection That Officials Say Would Avoid Pitfalls of Pollution
With the majority of the state’s oil refineries facing potential shutdown, sale or decay, Delaware Governor Jack Markell and the PBF Holding Company have begun a push for a $1 billion refinery resurrection they say would not only save and create jobs, but avoid the pitfalls of plant pollution. Such a move would create a [&hellip...
Oct
2011
7

AWESOME: Website Allows Constituents to Upload Pics of Infrastructure Projects that Need Work

AWESOME: Website Allows Constituents to Upload Pics of Infrastructure Projects that Need Work
The website Work That Needs Doing is providing people with the opportunity to highlight local roads, bridges, schools and the like that desperately need to be invested in by supplying an easy-to-use photo/project upload tool. The site, which also features an “Email to Congress” function and a quality search tool based on state and...
Sep
2011
30

Conservative Influencers Threaten Republicans, Demand They Push Low-Road, Pro-China Agenda

Conservative Influencers Threaten Republicans, Demand They Push Low-Road, Pro-China Agenda
The brutality of the Right-Wing was on display yesterday with the announcement by the ultra-conservative Club for Growth that they oppose legislation that would take aim at Chinese currency manipulation which is negatively impacting American industry. From POLITICO: The influential Club for Growth is pressuring Republican presidential candidates...
Sep
2011
29

Through Capital and Land Investments the Chinese Solar Industry Has Dwarfed the Competition

Through Capital and Land Investments the Chinese Solar Industry Has Dwarfed the Competition
Three large, American Solar Power Companies have declared bankruptcy in the past month as the Chinese solar market has cornered the global market, showing growing disparity between two of the world’s leading economies. According to the New York Times, the Chinese now have three-fifths of the world’s production capacity at a time when...
Sep
2011
27

$1 Billion = 18,000 Jobs

$1 Billion = 18,000 Jobs
Supporters of President Obama’s American Jobs Act suggest it would stimulate the economy by investing heavily in infrastructure and providing $10 billion to create a National Infrastructure Bank. The bank would provide loans for projects including transportation infrastructure, water infrastructure, and energy infrastructure. According to...
Sep
2011
26

IN THE RED: America’s Infrastructure Being Built by the Chinese?

ABC World News recently reported that many of the United States’ largest infrastructure projects are being built by Chinese companies. Saving a few dollars seems more important than putting unemployed workers back to work for states who have turned down offers from American, union contractors. In the video piece below, reporter Chris Cuomo...
Sep
2011
24

VIDEO: Union Pipefitters Speak Up About the Keystone XL Pipeline

VIDEO: Union Pipefitters Speak Up About the Keystone XL Pipeline
The United Association of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and HVAC Service Techs (UA) has released a video touting the potential sustainability and job-creation of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, what one speaker calls “the hundred year pipeline.” Focused partially on refuting claims of environmental danger beneath American soil,...