Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Aug
2011
23

Free Trade Agreements…An Infringement On States Rights?

Vermont politicians have been showing large amounts of concern about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership will affect their abilities to control local issues. Many in Vermont see the free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the United States, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam as potentially...
Aug
2011
23

Massachusetts Rebuilt 14 Bridges This Summer Using Innovative Techniques and Union Labor

Massachusetts Rebuilt 14 Bridges This Summer Using Innovative Techniques and Union Labor
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and union workers in Massachusetts have basically reinvented how bridge construction should be done with their “Fast 14” accelerated bridge project. According to The Boston Herald, MassDOT pulled off the project in record time by using prefabricated superstructures — 40-ton...
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Aug
2011
18

Construction Employment Isn’t Rising, the Number of Defectors from the Industry Is

A shocking drop in unemployment numbers for the construction industry may not be such a good thing once the numbers are more closely inspected. In January of this year, the unemployment rate in construction was a whopping 22.5 percent. By July, it had fallen to 13.6 percent. What changed that could cause such a drastic [&hellip...
Aug
2011
16

Caterpillar CEO: U.S. Is “Not Invested” In Transportation

In the interest of fairness, we’d like to give kudos to Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman for recent remarks on the need for investment in infrastructure in the United States. Nevermind the fact that Caterpillar may be using offshore subsidiaries to doge American taxes for now. Let’s focus on the positives, shall we? From the Journal...
Aug
2011
16

L.A. Football Stadium Likely To Become The City’s Latest Union-Built Job-Creator

L.A. Football Stadium Likely To Become The City’s Latest Union-Built Job-Creator
The Los Angeles City Council has announced that it will be getting a new football stadium that aims to be ready by the 2016 season. Along with the NFL stadium, a new convention center and two parking structures will be built adjacent to the Staples Center and L.A. Live. According to MyFoxLA, the proposal would [&hellip...
Aug
2011
12

How to Help the Families of the Navy SEALs Lost In the Recent Helicopter Crash

How to Help the Families of the Navy SEALs Lost In the Recent Helicopter Crash
In memory of the 17 Navy SEALs and the 5 Naval Special Warfare forces who gave their lives serving their country in Afghanistan on August 6th, visit the Navy SEALs Foundation website where you can learn more about what the organization does for the families of Navy SEALs who lose their life defending our country. [&hellip...
Aug
2011
10

$6 Billion Worth Of Union Construction Contracts Upheld In New York

A complaint, filed in New York by the Building Industry Electrical Contractors Association and the United Electrical Contractors Association, has been ruled out by a federal judge, paving the way for $6 billion worth of union construction work to be completed by 2014 under Project Labor Agreements. From Crain’s New York: The agreements,...
Aug
2011
10

“Rebuilding our infrastructure goes hand in hand with how to reinvigorate our economy.”

“Rebuilding our infrastructure goes hand in hand with how to reinvigorate our economy.”
Building America’s Future (BAF), a bipartisan, national infrastructure coalition co‐chaired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I‐NYC), former Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA) and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R‐CA), has released shocking new numbers that show how far behind America’s investment in infrastructure is lagging. In 2005,...
Aug
2011
9

Veteran Employment Program, Helmets to Hardhats, On USA Today’s Front Page

Veteran Employment Program, Helmets to Hardhats, On USA Today's Front Page
Helmets to Hardhats is a program, established and currently funded through a partnership between the Building Trades unions, that aims to put veterans returning from war to work on construction sites, to train them as apprentices in order to provide a lifelong career performing a highly skilled trade. The program is a requirement in all [&hellip...
Aug
2011
8

Veterans Often Lack the Specific Credentials to Translate Their Military Skills Into Civilian Jobs

Many veterans are returning home to find that they are not “qualified” to do the civilian equivalent of jobs that they had been doing in the military. According to an article by Alexandra Alper, this is one of the biggest hurdles for returning veterans looking to reacclimate to civilian life. The soldiers have experience in [&hellip...
Aug
2011
4

New Bill Forces Obama to Make the Keystone XL Call By November 1st

New Bill Forces Obama to Make the Keystone XL Call By November 1st
House Republicans have pushed a bill through that would force President Barack Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL expansion project by November 1st. The project would build a pipeline to deliver 700,000 barrels of Canadian oil per day to Texas to be refined by American companies. It would create tens of thousands [&hellip...
Aug
2011
3

Million-Dollar Home Buyer Incentive Created Through Union Partnership in St. Louis

Million-Dollar Home Buyer Incentive Created Through Union Partnership in St. Louis
Missouri unions have pooled together money for a program called “Neighborhoods Built By Your Neighbors” to help stimulate a stagnant economy that has seen union tradesmen suffer 30% unemployment. According to an article by Evan Binns from BizJournal.com, the idea was conceptualized by John Eilermann, Jr. the Chairman and CEO of McBride...