Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Sep
2011
8

From an Ironworker to a Veteran (From a Veteran to an Ironworker)

From an Ironworker to a Veteran (From a Veteran to an Ironworker)
This is a guest post by Shawn Cleary, Business Agent from Ironworkers Local 7 in New Hampshire/Massachusetts. These days, anyone driving down Lafayette Rd. in Portsmouth, NH can’t help but notice the crane setting steel at the new headquarters for Service Credit Union. With construction being among the hardest hit sectors in this recession,...
Sep
2011
8

Missouri Trade Incentive Act Could Bring Construction Jobs, Farm Exports to the State

Missouri Trade Incentive Act Could Bring Construction Jobs, Farm Exports to the State
The Aerotropolis Trade Incentive Act (ATIA) is a bipartisan economic development plan that supporters say would create jobs throughout the state of Missouri. This could be welcome news to workers in Missouri which ranked just 33rd nationally in job creation over the last year, losing jobs in seven of the last 12 months according to [&hellip...
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Sep
2011
7

REPORT: Washington Nationals Park Achieved Impressive Local Hire and Apprenticeship Figures

REPORT: Washington Nationals Park Achieved Impressive Local Hire and Apprenticeship Figures
Workers in Washington, D.C’s Ward 8 stood in protest with unemployed Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) workers at the construction site at St. Elizabeth’s, of a Department of Homeland Security project where only 14 percent of the total hours worked have been logged by D.C. residents. Ward 8 is currently experiencing...
Sep
2011
2

“Today’s construction spending data makes it even more imperative for a federal jobs policy that infuses construction dollars into the economy.”

Construction spending fell by 1.3% between June and July this year to an annual rate of $789.5 billion, according to the U.S Census Bureau news release. This is 32% less than July 2007 when the annual rate of construction was $1.2 trillion. The largest percentage fall in construction spending came from public construction, including educational,...
Aug
2011
30

“Children growing up in these troubled times need as much guidance as possible, because they may someday be the generation to change things for good.”

When I had just started 7th grade my teacher gave us an assignment to talk to our families over Labor Day weekend about what Labor Day meant. I remember my Uncle telling me that “Labor Day was the day of the year that we took off to be with our families to enjoy all that [&hellip...
Aug
2011
27

Bin Laden Successor Killed In Pakistan

The anti-terror hits keep on coming for the Obama administration with the announcement of the death of Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command. From the Associated Press: Al-Qaida’s second-in-command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, has been killed in Pakistan, delivering another big blow to a terrorist group that the U.S. believes to be on the verge of...
Aug
2011
26

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...
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...