Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Jun
2011
14

GOP Stands With Labor Again, Defeats Anti-PLA, Davis-Bacon Amendments for the 3rd Time This Year

GOP Stands With Labor Again, Defeats Anti-PLA, Davis-Bacon Amendments for the 3rd Time This Year
While the media’s limited coverage of labor unions focuses on clashes between the GOP and public sector employees, private sector unions, construction in particular, have shaped a different narrative in 2011: one of frequent victory on behalf of workers, often via bipartisan agreement. Take the prevailing wage: In the last week alone,...
Jun
2011
11

New Postal Workers Bargaining Agreement Will Create Thousands of Jobs, May Benefit Veterans the Most

New Postal Workers Bargaining Agreement Will Create Thousands of Jobs, May Benefit Veterans the Most
The American Postal Workers Unions (APWU) recently signed a new contract with the United States Postal Service (USPS) and began briefing its membership and offices on the ways the new deal will impact operations. One clear benefit is the creation of “thousands of jobs,” which APWU President, Cliff Guffey, touted in a letter to...
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Jun
2011
11

Lawmakers Claim “Drafting Error” Kept Indiana’s Prevailing Wage in Tact Until January

Lawmakers Claim “Drafting Error” Kept Indiana’s Prevailing Wage in Tact Until January
A long fought battle over union rights and budget concerns earlier this year caused Indiana lawmakers to flee the state in order to stall a GOP budget proposal they felt misrepresented the interests of Indianans. Part of the contention was related to the Republican party’s interest in shifting Indiana’s Common Construction Wage (their...
Jun
2011
9

THIS LONG WEEKEND: NACA Hosts “Save the Dream” Events in San Diego and Denver to Save Military Personnel from Foreclosure

NACA is the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, an organization that aims to help people avoid foreclosure. The group’s website touts “mortgage payments permanently reduced by over $500 and many by over $1,000 a month often with interest rates reduced to 3% or 2% and sometimes a principal reduction of over one hundred...
Jun
2011
9

OBAMA: ‘Skills for America’ Gives 500K College Students Industry Credentials

OBAMA: 'Skills for America' Gives 500K College Students Industry Credentials
A speech given by President Obama at Northern Virginia Community College (video below) touted the partnering of businesses and schools to provide not just vast workforce skills development, but a pipeline to the offices and factories of America for 500,000 community college students. From the White House Blog The manufacturing sector currently...
Jun
2011
8

Thousands of Illinois Jobs Hang in the Balance as Casino Bill Sits on Governor’s Desk

Early last week, the Illinois Senate voted by a narrow margin to approve a gaming expansion in Illinois. Newly elected Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel, supports the measure, which would allow for several casinos and slot machines sprinkled throughout the state. Governor Pat Quinn, however, has not gone all-in on gambling, calling the bill...
Jun
2011
7

Republicans Stand With Workers, Help Democrats Trample Anti-Worker Amendments in the House

Republicans Stand With Workers, Help Democrats Trample Anti-Worker Amendments in the House
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives debated and voted on the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. During those proceedings, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) offered an anti-Davis-Bacon Amendment which was defeated by a wide margin, 183-234. 52 Republicans sided with labor to defeat this amendment, while Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC) was the lone...
Jun
2011
6

GOP Budget Aims to Strip 1.3 Million Disabled War Veterans of Their Healthcare

GOP Budget Aims to Strip 1.3 Million Disabled War Veterans of Their Healthcare
What chaps my hide the most is that the reason for the cuts is to reduce the U.S. budget deficit. All the while, two-thirds of major American corporations didn’t pay taxes this year after receiving bailout money and reporting record profits as a result. Those who look closely have known for a couple of months [&hellip...
Jun
2011
6

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Safer

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Safer
As budget battles and union attacks rage across the country, the hymn of overpaid workers is sung by the common chorus of Right-Wing detractors who seek to undermine the American working class and shift the nation’s wealth entirely to the already-rich. In the private sector, these detractors most often site the cost of labor associated...
Jun
2011
3

“Our trade deficit with China is in the hundreds of billions – meaning they sell to us and don’t buy from us, costing jobs, lowering American wages and increasing our debt.”

Our trade agreements have pitted working people in countries that do not protect rights or people against the working people here who fought to win the protections of democracy. The result has been devastating to our communities, our economy and our democracy. OurFuture blogger, Dave Johnson, pushed out a quality anti-free trade agreement piece...
Jun
2011
2

Operating Engineer Receives World War II and Korean War Medals Decades After His Sacrifice

Operating Engineer Receives World War II and Korean War Medals Decades After His Sacrifice
Flanked by a volunteer honor guard bearing the colors of his state and nation, Grove fought back tears as U.S. Sen. Al Franken presented him with 10 service medals, badges and pins, as well as a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol specifically in Grove’s honor. A unique Memorial Day ceremony in St. Paul, Minnesota [&hellip...
May
2011
26

A Perfect Example of What Government Can Do To Create Jobs When the Private Market Refuses To

A Perfect Example of What Government Can Do To Create Jobs When the Private Market Refuses To
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed into law an act that will move forward the $1.6 billion urban renewal of downtown Quincy, Massachusetts and create thousands of new construction and permanent jobs. The Quincy & South Shore Building Trades negotiated an understanding with the developer, StreetWorks, to employ 100% Union Labor...