Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

May
2011
18

“The Insulators Have Been Green Since ????” — We Party Patriots T-Shirt Contest

“The Insulators Have Been Green Since ????” — We Party Patriots T-Shirt Contest
During a recent visit with the Insulators Union (International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers), union leadership brought to our attention some old journal entries from the union’s monthly publication which highlight what is at the core of the insulating industry: saving energy and saving people money. What was...
May
2011
17

REPORT: Infrastructure Woes Will Suffer As Politically Fractured Government Erodes

REPORT: Infrastructure Woes Will Suffer As Politically Fractured Government Erodes
The report envisions a time when, like Detroit, U.S. cities may opt to abandon services in some districts and when lightly used blacktopped rural roads would be allowed to return to nature. Eventually, the report says, the federal gas tax will be increased; local governments will be allowed to toll interstate highways; water bills will [&hellip...
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May
2011
16

White House Holds Up Trade Agreements Over Expansion of Trade Adjustment Assistance Program

White House Holds Up Trade Agreements Over Expansion of Trade Adjustment Assistance Program
The Obama Administration is making a last-ditch attempt to put a cherry on top of their crappy free trade sundae. The Seattle Times reports that the White House is now refusing to submit the three approved FTAs — with South Korea, Colombia and Panama — unless the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) is expanded. “We [&hellip...
May
2011
15

Disney Trademarks “Seal Team 6,” the Name of the Elite Special Forces Unit that Killed Bin Laden

Disney Trademarks
In a perfect example of a big media company looking to capitalize on current events, The Walt Disney Company has trademarked “Seal Team 6,” which also happens to be the name of the elite special forces team that killed Osama Bin Laden. Here’s to you, Capitalism. Entertainment goliath Disney already has trademark applications in...
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...
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...