Archive for the ‘AROUND OUR HEADS ON THE WEB…’ Category

Jan
2015
29

Long Read: Suburban Sprawl Has Historically Posed a Problem for the Building Trades

  In a very interesting essay for Shelterforce.com, Greg LeRoy, Executive Director of Good Jobs First, writes in depth about urban sprawl and how it has negatively affected building trades workers throughout history.  It seems that as Americans moved to the suburbs, unions lost power and each individual union’s response to this sprawl as...
Jan
2015
28

SCOTUS Rules Against Workers in Vested Health Benefits Case; Justices Say Case Isn’t Closed

SCOTUS Rules Against Workers in Vested Health Benefits Case; Justices Say Case Isn't Closed
  On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of management in the case of M&G Polymers USA v. Tackett, which centered around amended retiree health care benefits.  The case was sent for further proceedings in the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.   Nearly 500 plaintiffs, backed by the [&hellip...
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Jan
2015
26

Construction Union Membership Rises; “Value-Centric, Trusted Community Partner” Approach Working

Construction Union Membership Rises;
  New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the percentage of the workforce represented by a union fell to 11.1%, down from 11.3% the previous year.  Overall, 14.6 million Americans belonged to a union in 2014.  In 1983, the union membership rate was 20.1 percent with 17.7 million workers belonging to [&hellip...
Jan
2015
21

One of Michelle Obama’s State of the Union Guests Was a One-Time Construction Union Apprentice

One of Michelle Obama's State of the Union Guests Was a One-Time Construction Union Apprentice
  Considering this site’s frequent focus on skilled trades apprenticeship, it seems only fitting to celebrate the recognition by the Obama administration of a union apprentice whose live was forever changed by the opportunity to train with the Laborers International Union of America. Below is a press release from North America’s...
Jan
2015
16

Boston Union Workers Complete Emergency Homeless Shelter Renovation in Blazing Two Week Period

Boston Union Workers Complete Emergency Homeless Shelter Renovation in Blazing Two Week Period
  “It’s unbelievable to me,” Dr. Huy Nguyen told the Boston Globe as he inspected the city’s new state-of-the-art facility to house the homeless.  Built out of necessity after the condemnation of the only bridge leading to Long Island left 700 homeless men and women without shelter, the facility was completed in just over two...
Dec
2014
16

Veterans Affairs Facility in CO Proves Again How Abysmal the Agency is at Construction Work

Veterans Affairs Facility in CO Proves Again How Abysmal the Agency is at Construction Work
  A decision by the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals has halted construction on an over-budget, behind schedule Veterans Affairs facility near Denver, Colorado and brought to light a pattern of mismanagement by the agency.   Not unlike botched VA projects in Florida and Louisiana, the cost of constructing the facility in Aurora has...
Dec
2014
5

UPDATE: Tampa’s Homeless Exploiter, New Beginnings, Facing Intense Scrutiny Following Exposé

UPDATE: Tampa's Homeless Exploiter, New Beginnings, Facing Intense Scrutiny Following Exposé
  On Wednesday, we relayed a story from the Tampa Bay Times in which writer Will Hobson detailed how the New Beginnings homeless shelter was using its residents as an unpaid labor brigade to bring in money for the shelter and its owner, Pastor Tom Atchison.  The story explained how the workers — mostly homeless [&hellip...
Dec
2014
3

Homeless People, Recovering Addicts Working Tampa Bay Bucs, Rays, Lightning Games Unpaid

Homeless People, Recovering Addicts Working Tampa Bay Bucs, Rays, Lightning Games Unpaid
  New Beginnings CEO Tom Atchison says he offers addicts and the homeless who depend on his organization “work therapy.”  Others argue he is running a well-oiled machine of exploitative, unpaid labor around the Tampa Bay area.  His practices may be illegal, yet at every Tampa Bay Buccaneers home game his army of unpaid homeless [&hellip...
Nov
2014
19

U.S. Co’s Now Hold More Money Overseas Than Domestically; Tax Holiday May Not Help

U.S. Co's Now Hold More Money Overseas Than Domestically; Tax Holiday May Not Help
  An alarming stat has been released by Capital Economics, citing its own Audit Analytics database and other sources: U.S. companies are now stashing more than $2 trillion overseas.  Looking at the latest Federal Reserve flow of funds tally, corporations currently hold $1.9 trillion on U.S. shores, meaning there is potentially more money...
Oct
2014
21

CHART: Financially, It’s 1986 for the Bottom 90% of Americans

CHART: Financially, It's 1986 for the Bottom 90% of Americans
  Just in case you need a reminder of how lopsided the economy has become, a new paper from economists at the London School of Economics and the University of California at Berkeley shows the bottom ninety percent of American families are no wealthier than they were in 1986.  While the top 10 percent and, [&hellip...
Oct
2014
15

Tender Crony: MI AG’s Former Firm Has Landed $2M in Gov’t Contracts Since He Took Office

Tender Crony: MI AG's Former Firm Has Landed $2M in Gov't Contracts Since He Took Office
  The administration of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has become synonymous with a certain level of cronyism, and a new peek into the affairs of his Attorney General, Bill Schuette, supports the reputational deterioration. Schuette’s former law firm, it seems, has benefited from this ‘inside basbeall’ to the tune of nearly...
Oct
2014
9

NBA Doubles Size of Its TV Deal, Players Expected to Benefit When Contract Talks Come Around

NBA Doubles Size of Its TV Deal, Players Expected to Benefit When Contract Talks Come Around
  The announcement of the NBA’s new media deal could have far-reaching implications for player salaries, leading to speculation that some players will opt out of their current deals — if possible — when collective bargaining negotiations kick back in in 2017. The new TV play will result in a massive influx of cash which [&hellip...