Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Jun
2011
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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 ...
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...
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May
2011
24

CA Prevents Unfounded Discrimination Lawsuit from Hindering Union Apprenticeships

CA Prevents Unfounded Discrimination Lawsuit from Hindering Union Apprenticeships
In a free market, public agencies should be able to choose to partner with superior apprenticeship programs. But what would the agency do, when lower performing programs cry “discrimination”? The story begins over two years ago, when the San Diego Unified District adopted a Project Stabilization Agreement (PSA) to govern all projects...
May
2011
23

Boston Inks PLA to Improve Energy Performance of 4,300 Apartments, Save Taxpayers $56M

Boston Inks PLA to Improve Energy Performance of 4,300 Apartments, Save Taxpayers $56M
Only one word can describe the Project Labor Agreement reached between Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, Boston Housing Authority (BHA) Administrator Bill McGonagle, Ameresco President and CEO George Sakellaris, and Boston Building Trades Council President Martin Walsh:...
May
2011
23

A North Carolina Slim Jim Plant Closed the Same Day Randy “Macho Man” Savage Passed Away

A North Carolina Slim Jim Plant Closed the Same Day Randy
Friday was a sad day for salty, snack food enthusiasts. On the heels of the death of long-time Slim Jim spokesman Randy “Macho Man” Savage, a 40 year old Slim Jim plant in North Carolina vacuum-sealed its last jerky treat, according to the Charlotte Observer: The plant has been a mainstay in town since the ...
May
2011
20

Local 40′s Special Relationship With the Towers

Local 40′s Special Relationship With the Towers
This year will mark ten years since the Twin Towers tragedy in New York City. When it took place, members of Ironworkers Local 40 were part of the cleanup process while millions were still mourning. In 2007, as part of a student film series hosted by Spike Lee at New York University, several short films ...
May
2011
20

VIDEO: Mike Rowe Speaks to the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

VIDEO: Mike Rowe Speaks to the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
Last week, Mike Rowe published a piece in POLITICO that warned of “the consequences of not closing the skills gap.” Rowe talked about his grandfather and how he’d learned over a half dozen trades. He envisions a future where, if this kind of knowledge and training were held in the highest esteem once again, the ...
May
2011
18

“The Insulators Have Been Green Since ????” — We Party Patriots T-Shirt Contest

“The Insulators Have Been Green Since ????” — We Party Patriots T-Shirt Contest
During a recent visit with the Insulators Union (International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers), union leadership brought to our attention some old journal entries from the union’s monthly publication which highlight what is at the core of the insulating industry: saving energy and saving people money. What was...
May
2011
17

REPORT: Infrastructure Woes Will Suffer As Politically Fractured Government Erodes

REPORT: Infrastructure Woes Will Suffer As Politically Fractured Government Erodes
The report envisions a time when, like Detroit, U.S. cities may opt to abandon services in some districts and when lightly used blacktopped rural roads would be allowed to return to nature. Eventually, the report says, the federal gas tax will be increased; local governments will be allowed to toll interstate highways; water bills will ...
May
2011
16

White House Holds Up Trade Agreements Over Expansion of Trade Adjustment Assistance Program

White House Holds Up Trade Agreements Over Expansion of Trade Adjustment Assistance Program
The Obama Administration is making a last-ditch attempt to put a cherry on top of their crappy free trade sundae. The Seattle Times reports that the White House is now refusing to submit the three approved FTAs — with South Korea, Colombia and Panama — unless the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) is expanded. “We ...
May
2011
15

Disney Trademarks “Seal Team 6,” the Name of the Elite Special Forces Unit that Killed Bin Laden

Disney Trademarks
In a perfect example of a big media company looking to capitalize on current events, The Walt Disney Company has trademarked “Seal Team 6,” which also happens to be the name of the elite special forces team that killed Osama Bin Laden. Here’s to you, Capitalism. Entertainment goliath Disney already has trademark applications in...
May
2011
14

L.A.’s $1.5 Billion PLA Gains City Approval

L.A.'s $1.5 Billion PLA Gains City Approval
In March, the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners signed off on a Project Labor Agreement that was estimated to create 6,000 jobs through 2016. On Wednesday, this agreement was approved by the City Council: “Up until now, we’ve had to negotiate each one of these projects each time they came up at the harbor,” ...