Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Apr
2011
19

Middle Class Taxpayers Association Aims to Give San Diegans a Voice to Balance Corporate Interests

Middle Class Taxpayers Association Aims to Give San Diegans a Voice to Balance Corporate Interests
With a focus on “fair taxation and public investments,” San Diego-based Middle Class Taxpayers Association has begun to gather members in an effort to give a voice to San Diego’s middle class. Rallying around recent exposure of corporate tax-dodging, the MCTA provides a taxpayer watch tool that allows you to plug in any...
Apr
2011
16

Congress Honors Abe Breehey, Boilermakers Director of Legislative Affairs

Congress Honors Abe Breehey, Boilermakers Director of Legislative Affairs
Earlier this week we wrote about a fund being established by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers to support Abe Breehey, the union’s Director of Legislative Affairs who had been hospitalized. Tragically, Abe passed away on Thursday. The United States Congress yesterday honored Abe, flying an American flag over the U.S. Capitol and...
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Apr
2011
16

Another Billion Dollar PLA Signed in L.A.

Another Billion Dollar PLA Signed in L.A.
There has been no city more supportive of union construction than Los Angeles throughout the national anti-worker attack. The trend continues as the redevelopment of the Wilshire Grand Hotel will use a Project Labor Agreement to execute its $1.2 billion investment. According to Building Trades News, the hotel will become “the first new...
Apr
2011
15

L.A. Pilot Program Could Result in Citywide Rooftop Solar Installations by 2012, Set National Precedent

Up to 30,000 homes could be powered as a result of a new program to install solar panels throughout Los Angeles. Twice that number could be powered if the panel program is extended to residences, a new study says. From Grist: Those are the suggestions of a new study from the Los Angeles Business Council, ...
Apr
2011
14

IN YOUR FASICH, JOHN KASICH: Proud Ohio Workers Program Blossoming Following SB5 Passage

IN YOUR FASICH, JOHN KASICH: Proud Ohio Workers Program Blossoming Following SB5 Passage
The Proud Ohio Workers program, “created to allow merchants across the state to show that they recognize public employee support for their shops,” has signed on its 400th member as the state’s Chamber of Commerce continues to crumble in the wake of the passage of Senate Bill 5, Ohio’s maligned union-busting bill. From...
Apr
2011
13

Boilermakers Establish Fund for Abe Breehey, Director of Legislative Affairs

Boilermakers Establish Fund for Abe Breehey, Director of Legislative Affairs
Last week, the Director of Legislative Affairs for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Abraham Breehey, was rushed to the hospital after unexpected episodes of headaches and nausea. An MRI was taken and the terrible news came that Abe had developed a brain tumor. Doctors were able to remove most of the tumor and Abe remains ...
Apr
2011
12

In the Wake of Waukesha, Thursday’s Subcommittee Hearing on the Elimination of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission Could Turn Heads

As the Wisconsin Supreme Court election votes trickled in on the evening of April 5th, engaged Americans watched closely, rooting for their candidate via Twitter update and clutching the fists of their collective body politick until the partisan sweat dripped down their working class arms. The Prosser-Kloppenburg race was largely depicted as a...
Apr
2011
8

“One unique incident – however dire – does not provide adequate context from which to base sound decisions regarding the future of our clean power generation.”

In addition to releasing the statement below, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has distributed a fact sheet IBEW STATEMENT, April 6 – The natural disasters in Japan that led to the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant have raised questions in the national media and among the public about the safety of ...
Apr
2011
7

$115 Million Dollar, Union-Built Community Center Opens to Cheers in Boston

$115 Million Dollar, Union-Built Community Center Opens to Cheers in Boston
Several news outlets, including CBS and WVCB-5, have reported on the opening of the new Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center. The center, which features a variety of health, fitness, education, arts and social services facilities, aims to provide for local residents young and old. It also has a teaching kitchen. From Built Best: The ...
Apr
2011
4

“There Was a Time in This Country…” – Rev. Kiley Delivers Labor’s Invocation to the BCTD

Reverend Cletus Kiley inspired the 2,000+ Building Trades union leaders and members who filled the Washington Hilton for the 2011 Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) Legislative Conference. The AFL-CIO blog ran a nice piece on BCTD President Mark Ayers’ speech. The tone was set by Reverend Kiley’s heartfelt repudiation...
Apr
2011
4

VIDEO: Teamsters and the Civil Rights Movement

VIDEO: Teamsters and the Civil Rights Movement
The Teamsters have released a video commemorating America’s struggles for civil rights. The moving video celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as the long history of unification the Teamsters union has sought to uphold...
Apr
2011
1

“Numerous cases have come to light of American workers who were ousted from jobs and replaced by workers from Indian outsourcing companies, often at lower wages.”

The New York Times has published a story about H-1B visas, generally used for foreign technology workers to be brought to the U.S. for three-year work terms. The visas are the topic of debate before a House of Representatives judiciary panel as some feel the visas are being misused to drive American wages down: Donald ...