Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Jun
2011
18

Wisconsin Celebrates 100 Years of Apprenticeship

Wisconsin Celebrates 100 Years of Apprenticeship
The raucous battle over workers’ rights in Wisconsin has drowned out nearly all other matters there. Still, workers this week had cause for celebration in the state that claims the very first apprenticeship program in United States history. “Wisconsin’s law became a model for other states and the federal government for developing...
Jun
2011
16

Unions Rejoice As the Boston Bruins Bring the Stanley Cup Back To a House that Labor Built

Unions Rejoice As the Boston Bruins Bring the Stanley Cup Back To a House that Labor Built
Yesterday, in anticipation of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks, the Massachusetts Building Trades waxed nostalgic about the union construction that went in to the world famous Boston Garden, where the game would be played: Sixteen years ago the men and women of the Boston Building [&hellip...
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Jun
2011
16

LIUNA’s “Netroots and Work Boots” Rally Will Encourage Investment in the Middle Class, the Economy

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via LIUNA… Minnesota members of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) will team up with bloggers and activists from the 2011 Netroots Nation conference to fight back for good jobs by calling on leaders in Washington to invest in the basic needs of America and Minnesota, including roads, bridges and water resources....
Jun
2011
15

Solar Industry Burgeoning in the U.S., Gets $2 Billion In Loan Guarantees from DOE

Solar Industry Burgeoning in the U.S., Gets $2 Billion In Loan Guarantees from DOE
The American steel industry has historically been a symbol of the country’s industrial might and economic prosperity. But today, the solar industry has the potential to overtake that image as we build a new, clean-energy economy. Think Progress highlights some new numbers regarding the emergence of the solar industry as a top employer: With...
Jun
2011
15

“We’ve been deferring maintenance of our infrastructure since the Reagan tax cuts.”

“We’ve been deferring maintenance of our infrastructure since the Reagan tax cuts.”
OurFuture author, Dave Johnson, has championed infrastructure investment all year long. In his latest piece, he stresses the necessity of spending on our nation’s roads, bridges et al., not just because of the jobs it will create, but because the physical structures desperately require maintenance. Johnson also blames Reagan for the void:...
Jun
2011
14

GOP Stands With Labor Again, Defeats Anti-PLA, Davis-Bacon Amendments for the 3rd Time This Year

GOP Stands With Labor Again, Defeats Anti-PLA, Davis-Bacon Amendments for the 3rd Time This Year
While the media’s limited coverage of labor unions focuses on clashes between the GOP and public sector employees, private sector unions, construction in particular, have shaped a different narrative in 2011: one of frequent victory on behalf of workers, often via bipartisan agreement. Take the prevailing wage: In the last week alone,...
Jun
2011
11

New Postal Workers Bargaining Agreement Will Create Thousands of Jobs, May Benefit Veterans the Most

New Postal Workers Bargaining Agreement Will Create Thousands of Jobs, May Benefit Veterans the Most
The American Postal Workers Unions (APWU) recently signed a new contract with the United States Postal Service (USPS) and began briefing its membership and offices on the ways the new deal will impact operations. One clear benefit is the creation of “thousands of jobs,” which APWU President, Cliff Guffey, touted in a letter to...
Jun
2011
11

Lawmakers Claim “Drafting Error” Kept Indiana’s Prevailing Wage in Tact Until January

Lawmakers Claim “Drafting Error” Kept Indiana’s Prevailing Wage in Tact Until January
A long fought battle over union rights and budget concerns earlier this year caused Indiana lawmakers to flee the state in order to stall a GOP budget proposal they felt misrepresented the interests of Indianans. Part of the contention was related to the Republican party’s interest in shifting Indiana’s Common Construction Wage (their...
Jun
2011
9

THIS LONG WEEKEND: NACA Hosts “Save the Dream” Events in San Diego and Denver to Save Military Personnel from Foreclosure

NACA is the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, an organization that aims to help people avoid foreclosure. The group’s website touts “mortgage payments permanently reduced by over $500 and many by over $1,000 a month often with interest rates reduced to 3% or 2% and sometimes a principal reduction of over one hundred...
Jun
2011
9

OBAMA: ‘Skills for America’ Gives 500K College Students Industry Credentials

OBAMA: 'Skills for America' Gives 500K College Students Industry Credentials
A speech given by President Obama at Northern Virginia Community College (video below) touted the partnering of businesses and schools to provide not just vast workforce skills development, but a pipeline to the offices and factories of America for 500,000 community college students. From the White House Blog The manufacturing sector currently...
Jun
2011
8

Thousands of Illinois Jobs Hang in the Balance as Casino Bill Sits on Governor’s Desk

Early last week, the Illinois Senate voted by a narrow margin to approve a gaming expansion in Illinois. Newly elected Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel, supports the measure, which would allow for several casinos and slot machines sprinkled throughout the state. Governor Pat Quinn, however, has not gone all-in on gambling, calling the bill...
Jun
2011
7

Republicans Stand With Workers, Help Democrats Trample Anti-Worker Amendments in the House

Republicans Stand With Workers, Help Democrats Trample Anti-Worker Amendments in the House
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives debated and voted on the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. During those proceedings, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) offered an anti-Davis-Bacon Amendment which was defeated by a wide margin, 183-234. 52 Republicans sided with labor to defeat this amendment, while Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC) was the lone...