Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Jul
2011
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“The good news is that public spending on power construction increased by 13.1%. Private spending on commercial and healthcare construction also increased by 22.9% and 15.1% respectively.”

The U.S Census Bureau announced that construction spending across the nation fell last month, and has been lower than last year for all of 2011. The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce’s numbers suggest that construction spending during May 2011 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $753.5 billion, 0.6 percent...
Jul
2011
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Construction Industry Has Been the Hardest Hit by the Recession, New Census Shows

Construction Industry Has Been the Hardest Hit by the Recession, New Census Shows
Newly released Census Data on US employer firms confirms that the construction industry has been hardest hit by the recession. The number of business establishments in construction declined 7.8 percent and the number of employees declined 15.3 percent between 2008 and 2009. Among all industries, the specialty trade contractors industry lost 36,692...
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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

Idaho Judge May Block Anti-Union Law While Lawsuits Are Seen Through

Idaho Judge May Block Anti-Union Law While Lawsuits Are Seen Through
The Idaho legislature this year voted to ban Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) — contracts that seek to enforce higher safety, wage and local hiring standards on construction projects — in a near party-line vote. The Idaho Building and Construction Trades Council and Southwest Idaho Building and Construction Trades Council, both AFL-CIO...
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...
Jun
2011
25

Members of Ironworkers Local 3 Hoist Memorial Bridge for Their Deceased Friend

Members of Ironworkers Local 3 Hoist Memorial Bridge for Their Deceased Friend
Though a formal dedication will not take place until September, Pittsburgh played host to one of the more emotional construction jobs imaginable this week as members of Ironworkers Local 3 set steel for the J.R. Taylor Memorial Bridge. From The Almanac: Not only were many of the ironworkers employed at Century Steel Erectors (CSE), a [&hellip...
Jun
2011
25

Last Second Concessions from Republicans Save 50,000 Illinois Construction Jobs

Last Second Concessions from Republicans Save 50,000 Illinois Construction Jobs
A special session was called in the Illinois legislature Wednesday, to prevent the stoppage of billions of dollars of construction funding that hung in the balance as Democrats demanded over $400 million more be pumped into the state budget. From Pantagraph: …the House and Senate unanimously signed off on a plan to continue funding billions...
Jun
2011
22

Small Union Pension Investment Creates 10,000 Jobs and 9,000 Housing Units in 18 Cities

Small Union Pension Investment Creates 10,000 Jobs and 9,000 Housing Units in 18 Cities
Below, cross-posted from Housing Investment Trust website, is an example of what a small fraction of pension investment has achieved in job creation during the recession while the bulk of the private sector has sat idly by. When the Obama Administration took office in 2009, union leaders were called to the White House to help [&hellip...
Jun
2011
22

Massachusetts Continues Construction Charge with Groundbreaking, Convention Planning in Boston

A groundbreaking at a burgeoning pharmaceutical complex has construction workers in Massachusetts giddy for job opportunities. From Boston.com: Located on the South Boston Waterfront, Fan Pier has just one building now, but plans call for an eight-building complex that would include offices, residences, stores, and hotel rooms, in addition to...
Jun
2011
18

Wisconsin Celebrates 100 Years of Apprenticeship

Wisconsin Celebrates 100 Years of Apprenticeship
The raucous battle over workers’ rights in Wisconsin has drowned out nearly all other matters there. Still, workers this week had cause for celebration in the state that claims the very first apprenticeship program in United States history. “Wisconsin’s law became a model for other states and the federal government for developing...
Jun
2011
16

Unions Rejoice As the Boston Bruins Bring the Stanley Cup Back To a House that Labor Built

Unions Rejoice As the Boston Bruins Bring the Stanley Cup Back To a House that Labor Built
Yesterday, in anticipation of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks, the Massachusetts Building Trades waxed nostalgic about the union construction that went in to the world famous Boston Garden, where the game would be played: Sixteen years ago the men and women of the Boston Building [&hellip...