Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Jul
2011
15

Woody Guthrie Turned 99 This Week

Woody Guthrie Turned 99 This Week
On July 12th, Folk-singer and hero of the American working man, Woody Guthrie, would have turned 99 years old. According to woodyguthrie.org, the upcoming year will be a full-tilt preparation for the 2012 centennial celebration of his life’s work. The voice of a generation left disenfranchised and disenchanted by the Great Depression,...
Jul
2011
15

Los Angeles and Atlanta Top the List of Partners Taking the Better Buildings Challenge

Los Angeles and Atlanta Top the List of Partners Taking the Better Buildings Challenge
Speaking at a recent Clinton Global Initiative event, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that 14 partners are ready to take President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge. According to the press release: “The Better Buildings Challenge is part of the Better Buildings Initiative that President Obama launched in February to catalyze...
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Jul
2011
11

Illinois Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Funding $31 Billion Of Vital Construction Projects

Illinois Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Funding $31 Billion Of Vital Construction Projects
Last week we waited with bated breath for a Illinois Supreme Court ruling on the legality of funding vital construction programs with alternative revenue streams such as video poker, license plate fees and the like. Today the state of Illinois collectively exhaled as $31 billion in project funds were giving the green light. Chicago Tribune...
Jul
2011
10

Indiana’s Privatized Tollway Lost $209M in 2010

Eleven million trucks. That’s how many 18-wheelers needed to rumble across northern Indiana in 2010 for the state’s 157-mile toll road to break even. Unfortunately, only about half that many did and the road came up $209 million short. This sounds like the beginning of yet another story about recession-ravaged states bleeding cash. And...
Jul
2011
8

FACT: In California, Non-Union Power Plants Spend Local Dollars On Out-Of-State Workers

The video, below, appears on the Industry Today Show website. The clip comes to the defense of Project Labor Agreements and suggests that “in the last 15 years, California’s Building Trades Unions, through their superior training programs and productivity, have built 96% of the Power Plants in the state for satisfied customers.”...
Jul
2011
8

Korean-Owned Power Co. Undercuts Biomass Plant in New Hampshire, Costs the State 1,200 Jobs

Korean-Owned Power Co. Undercuts Biomass Plant in New Hampshire, Costs the State 1,200 Jobs
Cate Street Capital Spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne said Whitefield Power and Light requested over $13 million in cash payments for their plant. Grenier said Whitefield Power and Light, which is owned by Korea East-West Power, is an example of a foreign company interfering with North Country business. Grenier said all parties suffer from the...
Jul
2011
2

Bill Clinton Touts Union Investment, Energy-Efficient Infrastructure As the Path to Good Business

Bill Clinton Touts Union Investment, Energy-Efficient Infrastructure As the Path to Good Business
Earlier this week, the announcement of a $10 billion investment in job-creation and apprenticeship was music to the ears of union folks everywhere as, once again, pension investments were being committed to good use that would profit not only the membership but communities at large. The announcement was made at a Clinton Global Initiative event...
Jul
2011
2

“The good news is that public spending on power construction increased by 13.1%. Private spending on commercial and healthcare construction also increased by 22.9% and 15.1% respectively.”

The U.S Census Bureau announced that construction spending across the nation fell last month, and has been lower than last year for all of 2011. The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce’s numbers suggest that construction spending during May 2011 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $753.5 billion, 0.6 percent...
Jul
2011
1

Construction Industry Has Been the Hardest Hit by the Recession, New Census Shows

Construction Industry Has Been the Hardest Hit by the Recession, New Census Shows
Newly released Census Data on US employer firms confirms that the construction industry has been hardest hit by the recession. The number of business establishments in construction declined 7.8 percent and the number of employees declined 15.3 percent between 2008 and 2009. Among all industries, the specialty trade contractors industry lost 36,692...
Jun
2011
30

$1.5 Billion L.A. Port PLA Signed

$1.5 Billion L.A. Port PLA Signed
Unemployed Union workers in Southern California have something to celebrate as Los Angeles city officials have announced a Project Labor Agreement that would cover $1.5 billion worth of port projects. The agreement will set wages for workers, reserve jobs for people living in depressed local neighborhoods, and prevent work stoppages. The Los...
Jun
2011
29

AFL-CIO, Building Trades to Announce Infrastructure Investment, Apprenticeship Boost

AFL-CIO, Building Trades to Announce Infrastructure Investment, Apprenticeship Boost
The New York Times this morning previews an appearance by AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka, at Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative event in Chicago. Trumka, joined by Building and Construction Trades Department President, Mark Ayers, will announce a $10 billion dollar, five-year investment of pension funds in infrastructure projects...
Jun
2011
27

Idaho Judge May Block Anti-Union Law While Lawsuits Are Seen Through

Idaho Judge May Block Anti-Union Law While Lawsuits Are Seen Through
The Idaho legislature this year voted to ban Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) — contracts that seek to enforce higher safety, wage and local hiring standards on construction projects — in a near party-line vote. The Idaho Building and Construction Trades Council and Southwest Idaho Building and Construction Trades Council, both AFL-CIO...