Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

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,” [&hellip...
May
2011
13

Ohio’s Prevailing Wage Under Attack as June 30 Biennial Budget Deadline Nears

Ohio’s Prevailing Wage Under Attack as June 30 Biennial Budget Deadline Nears
In Ohio, projects that cost less than $3.5 million would no longer be subject to the prevailing wage under the proposed biennial budget, HB153. This is a drastic, almost unfathomable threshold change from the current figure of $79,000. The Marrietta Times has more: “That threshold was set so that smaller local projects could be done [&hellip...
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May
2011
13

Union Mortgage Assistance Program Lands Fourth-Generation UA Member a New Home

This could be the home where we raise a fifth-generation union pipefitter! UnionPlus, an organization established to offer consumer benefits to members of participating labor unions, often recounts the success stories that it facilitates on its website. Such is the case with Ohioan Matthew Chiles, a fourth generation member of UA Plumbers and...
May
2011
11

GM to Create or Retain 4,000 Jobs With $2 Billion Investment in 17 Plants Across Eight States

GM to Create or Retain 4,000 Jobs With $2 Billion Investment in 17 Plants Across Eight States
General Motors has announced $2 billion worth of new investments in 17 of its plants across eight states. This will create or retain 4,000 American jobs, according to their spokespeople. New hires will make half of what current employees earn. The two-tier system will be discussed during contract negotiations beginning in the Fall. New York...
May
2011
10

Action Alert: DOS Taking Public Comments On Keystone XL Pipeline That Could Create 13,000 Jobs

Action Alert: DOS Taking Public Comments On Keystone XL Pipeline That Could Create 13,000 Jobs
United Association Director of Political and Legislative Affairs, Rick Terven, issued a call to action via Facebook concerning the Keystone XL Pipeline that is awaiting approval. The project will put as many as 13,000 people to work including thousands of Building Trades union members. “The Department of State (DOS) has asked for public...
May
2011
9

VIDEO: 1,000 World War II Veterans Die Each Day

VIDEO: 1,000 World War II Veterans Die Each Day
We have embedded this gorgeous and emotional video below, but we ask that you watch it HERE if possible to ensure that your view is counted towards the goal of 1,000,000 views which is less than 80,000 views from becoming a reality. The Story of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight YouTube page reads: Every day, [&hellip...
May
2011
4

States Receive Invaluable Help from Union Volunteers in the Name of Conservation

The following originally appeared on the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance website. USA Unites Union Community, State Fish & Wildlife Organizations In the last year—amidst nationwide debates over Unions and a wavering economy—the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance has worked with local Union members to establish volunteer aid for nearly a...
May
2011
3

Construction Spending Up for the First Time in Three Months After Reaching Lowest Point in a Decade

If you’re a reader of this blog, you know how We Party Patriots feels about statistics and trends: They don’t mean diddly to the folks on the bench. So, it is with hesitation that we relay the news of the first construction spending gains this year, following the ten-year low reached in February. “Nowhere to [&hellip...
May
2011
2

A National Manufacturing Strategy and Incentives for Investment are Crucial to a Job-Rich Nation

A National Manufacturing Strategy and Incentives for Investment are Crucial to a Job-Rich Nation
There is no reason to resign ourselves to defeat or to sugarcoat the challenges we face. We possess the tools, talent, and resources to revive manufacturing. But to do so we need a national strategy for manufacturing renewal. Last week, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), released a report titled “The Case for a...
Apr
2011
28

“The construction sector continues to account for a disproportionate share of work-related deaths.”

At the end of the last year, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) released a study, Work-Related Fatal and Non-Fatal Injuries Among U.S. Construction Workers, 1992-2008, which provides an incredible amount of information about the various and sundry perils of construction work. Findings cover a wide array of variables including...
Apr
2011
26

Women Building the Nation Conference

Women Building the Nation Conference
On April 30th in Oakland, California, the first Women Building the Nation Conference will take place at the Oakland Marriot City Center. The conference, which is expecting record attendance over 500 people, is being held in conjunction with the 10th annual Women Building California Conference. Conference materials state the goal of the conference...
Apr
2011
25

Never Learn, Can’t Hear.

Never Learn, Can’t Hear.
Yes, we’re reliving that past — never learn, can’t hear. And oddly it’s not just the GOP’s overreach, the endlessly compromising Obama, too-greedy-to-fail Wall Street banksters, U.S. Chamber of Commerce billionaires and arrogant Forbes 400. America’s entire political, financial and economic psyche is infected, as if...