Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

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...
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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...
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 [&hellip...
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 [&hellip...