Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Aug
2011
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Expansion of Wireless Infrastructure Could Create 700,000 Jobs By 2016. Will They Be Union Jobs?

Late last week, Roger Chen over at CNET highlighted a study that suggests investment in broadband infrastructure, specifically 4G technology, could create up to 771,000 jobs by 2016. Interestingly, this study, conducted by Deloitte, has flown nearly invisibly under the radar despite the job-creation frenzy the nation is in (and the government...
Aug
2011
24

VIDEO: Mojave Desert PLA Puts Veterans to Work in Construction Through Helmets to Hardhats

A slick new video from Bright Source highlights the benefits to veterans returning to the workforce on a Mojave Desert construction project in California. The construction is being performed under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), the only type of labor agreement that insists on veteran hiring through the Helmets to Hardhats program. The video...
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Aug
2011
24

China Overtakes the U.S. in the Latest Renewable Energy Rankings

China Overtakes the U.S. in the Latest Renewable Energy Rankings
Recent situations around the world — such as Japan’s Nuclear Disaster and the ongoing violence in the Middle East and Africa — will disrupt oil production and have increased the need for the U.S. to invest in renewable energy. According to Renewable Energy World, who gave their opinion and analysis on the Ernst & Young...
Aug
2011
23

Aquifer Where Keystone XL Would Be Built “Already Traversed by Thousands of Miles of Pipeline”

Statement on Keystone XL by Mark Ayers, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department (AFL-CIO): “Weighing Facts Versus Fiction” Like the vast majority of Americans, the skilled craft professionals who comprise America’s Building Trades Unions enjoy and value our nation’s environment. In fact, it is not at...
Aug
2011
23

Free Trade Agreements…An Infringement On States Rights?

Vermont politicians have been showing large amounts of concern about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership will affect their abilities to control local issues. Many in Vermont see the free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the United States, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam as potentially...
Aug
2011
23

Massachusetts Rebuilt 14 Bridges This Summer Using Innovative Techniques and Union Labor

Massachusetts Rebuilt 14 Bridges This Summer Using Innovative Techniques and Union Labor
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and union workers in Massachusetts have basically reinvented how bridge construction should be done with their “Fast 14” accelerated bridge project. According to The Boston Herald, MassDOT pulled off the project in record time by using prefabricated superstructures — 40-ton...
Aug
2011
18

Construction Employment Isn’t Rising, the Number of Defectors from the Industry Is

A shocking drop in unemployment numbers for the construction industry may not be such a good thing once the numbers are more closely inspected. In January of this year, the unemployment rate in construction was a whopping 22.5 percent. By July, it had fallen to 13.6 percent. What changed that could cause such a drastic [&hellip...
Aug
2011
16

Caterpillar CEO: U.S. Is “Not Invested” In Transportation

In the interest of fairness, we’d like to give kudos to Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman for recent remarks on the need for investment in infrastructure in the United States. Nevermind the fact that Caterpillar may be using offshore subsidiaries to doge American taxes for now. Let’s focus on the positives, shall we? From the Journal...
Aug
2011
16

L.A. Football Stadium Likely To Become The City’s Latest Union-Built Job-Creator

L.A. Football Stadium Likely To Become The City’s Latest Union-Built Job-Creator
The Los Angeles City Council has announced that it will be getting a new football stadium that aims to be ready by the 2016 season. Along with the NFL stadium, a new convention center and two parking structures will be built adjacent to the Staples Center and L.A. Live. According to MyFoxLA, the proposal would [&hellip...
Aug
2011
12

How to Help the Families of the Navy SEALs Lost In the Recent Helicopter Crash

How to Help the Families of the Navy SEALs Lost In the Recent Helicopter Crash
In memory of the 17 Navy SEALs and the 5 Naval Special Warfare forces who gave their lives serving their country in Afghanistan on August 6th, visit the Navy SEALs Foundation website where you can learn more about what the organization does for the families of Navy SEALs who lose their life defending our country. [&hellip...
Aug
2011
10

$6 Billion Worth Of Union Construction Contracts Upheld In New York

A complaint, filed in New York by the Building Industry Electrical Contractors Association and the United Electrical Contractors Association, has been ruled out by a federal judge, paving the way for $6 billion worth of union construction work to be completed by 2014 under Project Labor Agreements. From Crain’s New York: The agreements,...
Aug
2011
10

“Rebuilding our infrastructure goes hand in hand with how to reinvigorate our economy.”

“Rebuilding our infrastructure goes hand in hand with how to reinvigorate our economy.”
Building America’s Future (BAF), a bipartisan, national infrastructure coalition co‐chaired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I‐NYC), former Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA) and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R‐CA), has released shocking new numbers that show how far behind America’s investment in infrastructure is lagging. In 2005,...