Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

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...
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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...
Aug
2011
1

Salt Lake Soldier Reaps the Benefits of Helmets to Hardhats, the Program That Puts Veterans to Work

Salt Lake Soldier Reaps the Benefits of Helmets to Hardhats, the Program That Puts Veterans to Work
Steven Lloyd was part of the 22% of military veterans who have come home to find themselves unemployed. He spent months unemployed, searching the Internet for job leads until he stumbled upon Helmets to Hardhats. His story, as told to ABC 4 in Salt Lake City, reflects that of many soldiers trying to make the [&hellip...
Jul
2011
28

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Signs Project Labor Agreement Act

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Signs Project Labor Agreement Act
In a move that Building Trades union members hope will set a precedent for Governors in other states, Pat Quinn of Illinois yesterday signed The Project Labor Agreement Act, HB 2987, which local news affiliate ABC-7 says “aims to ensure a fair bidding process for women and minority-owned businesses seeking state contracts.” PHOTOS of...
Jul
2011
23

The HIT Keeps On Coming: Investment Trust to Create 300 Housing Units, 600 Jobs in SF

The HIT Keeps On Coming: Investment Trust to Create 300 Housing Units, 600 Jobs in SF
The AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust (HIT) is a way affiliated unions put their pension funds to work to create jobs and bolster communities. This week, the program announced a partnership with Emerald Fund, Inc., “one of San Francisco’s premier real estate development companies with expertise in bringing housing to...
Jul
2011
22

Dylan Ratigan Has Been Bringing The Pitfalls Of Free Trade Agreements To The Semi-Mainstream

Dylan Ratigan Has Been Bringing The Pitfalls Of Free Trade Agreements To The Semi-Mainstream
Recently, MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan has dug his heels into the pending Free Trade Agreements that President Obama and hordes of Republican leaders have pushed for. The FTAs are slated to be signed with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea and are similar to the wildly unpopular NAFTA of the Bill Clinton era. On Ratigan’s show, [&hellip...
Jul
2011
22

Medford, MA Bridge Project Sets Precedent For Traffic Alleviation During Construction

Medford, MA Bridge Project Sets Precedent For Traffic Alleviation During Construction
President Obama has challenged the nation to come up with more creative and efficient ways to do their work. In Massachusetts the Building Trades’ work on the 93Fast14 project has been gaining attention for doing just that. The Patrick/Murray administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program has been an excellent example of how business can...
Jul
2011
21

Minnesota Construction Workers Exhale As $531 Million In Infrastructure Investments Pass

Minnesota Construction Workers Exhale As $531 Million In Infrastructure Investments Pass
Construction workers in Minnesota watched Tuesday night’s special session of state government with hopeful hearts as their representatives passed a $531 million bonding bill that would bolster infrastructure investment in the state. It could create 14,000 jobs, but not everyone is pleased: Based on an oft-cited analysis from academic Stephen...
Jul
2011
20

WaPo Spotlights Ironworker Apprentice Who Built a Bridge to a New Life Through Labor

WaPo Spotlights Ironworker Apprentice Who Built a Bridge to a New Life Through Labor
The Washington Post recently told the story of Darren Carroll, an Ironworker apprentice, and his tenacity to re-enter the work force after an injury sidelined him for an extended period of time. The article describes how Carroll found an opportunity to work on a local bridge project at a Community Outreach center and dedicated himself [&hellip...