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

Sep
2014
25

Designing Women: NYC’s Landmarks, Skyline Weren’t All Conceived of, Built by Men

Designing Women: NYC's Landmarks, Skyline Weren't All Conceived of, Built by Men
  A tip of the cap is deserved for the New York Times which this week delivered a brief history of the women who helped build New York.  We’re not speaking figuratively either. We’re talking construction. The city features notable landmarks and an iconic skyline, and it is important to remember that women played a [&hellip...
Sep
2014
23

OMG LOL WTF NLRB.

OMG LOL WTF NLRB.
  A plan proposed by Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander to change the makeup of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would “effectively cripple the agency” according to its opponents.  Alexander, a champion of anti-union, right-wing extremism, is suggesting the board add a sixth member and have three members from each party. This, he...
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Sep
2014
15

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby’s Bunk Little Survey

The Myth of a Labor Shortage Is Being Propagated by One Big Lobby's Bunk Little Survey
  A wave of articles promoting the myth of a “labor shortage” have hit American newsstands of late, and most are using a study from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) as their basis. But the study comes with a whopper of a disclaimer, one which has been conveniently ignored by the media sources [&hellip...
Sep
2014
8

Weekend Warriors: Union Tradesmen Volunteer Man Hours on Georgia State Park Project

Weekend Warriors: Union Tradesmen Volunteer Man Hours on Georgia State Park Project
  This is a cross post from the United Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA)… Visitors to the recreational lake at Georgia’s Hard Labor Creek State Park will find a new kayak shed along its shoreline, thanks to the hands-on, volunteer support of union electricians and elevator constructors who put their talents to work with Union...
Aug
2014
22

Detroit, Where Emergency Is In Air Quotes.

Detroit, Where Emergency Is In Air Quotes.
  Given the “emergency” that is Detroit’s finances, one would assume the city’s Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr, would have a schedule packed with meetings to discuss creative ways to make necessary budget decisions while simultaneously meeting the needs of the people.  Unfortunately, his schedule, published by the Detroit Metro Times...
Aug
2014
14

Put 77% of Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Big Fed Contractors to Be Required to File Equal Pay Reports

Put 77% of Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Big Fed Contractors to Be Required to File Equal Pay Reports
  The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which will require certain federal contractors to submit an annual Equal Pay Report concerning employee compensation.  The move is in response to an April directive from President Obama ordering the Department of Labor (DOL) to...
Aug
2014
7

The Touching Story of Baltimore’s First Female Bricklayer

The Touching Story of Baltimore's First Female Bricklayer
  In 1973, a 21-year old Barbara Moore was the only woman working as a bricklayer in the city of Baltimore.  As one might expect, she faced harassment from the ‘old school’ workers who were resisting the change she represented.  Now at the age of 62 she has retired and told her amazing and heartwarming [&hellip...
Aug
2014
6

GIFT GRIFT: “Pro-Troop” Charity Pretends to Shop for Soldiers, Instead Fundraises for the Tea Party

  In an exclusive for the Daily Beast, ProPublica writer Kim Barker exposes the “pro-troop” charity Move America Forward for misusing donations collected under the auspices of sending soldiers care packages.  After adopting a battalion, the Marines of Geronimo, the group started a fundraising drive claiming the care packages sent to the...
Jul
2014
30

Three Dem Politicians Lived on Minimum Wages for a Week. Grocery Shopping Will Never Be the Same.

Three Dem Politicians Lived on Minimum Wages for a Week. Grocery Shopping Will Never Be the Same.
  Three democratic politicians recently took part in the Live the Wage challenge, getting through the week’s food, transportation, and day-to-day expenses on a budget of $77.  U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan, Jan Schakowsky, and former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland all participated and the results were enlightening, though expected: Those who represent...
Jul
2014
15

Reaching Your Goooooal! Canadian Building Trades Point to Germany for Apprenticeship Inspiration

  A panel of stakeholders at the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) recently spoke about European apprentice systems and how getting employers more involved in the training process can positively effect the workforce.   Speaking on the panel was Christopher Smillie of the Canadian Building Trades who described his journey to Germany and the...
Jul
2014
7

Construction Hits Five-Year High in New Jobs Report, Unions Making Gains in Unexpected Places

Construction Hits Five-Year High in New Jobs Report, Unions Making Gains in Unexpected Places
  The latest numbers from the ADP jobs report show construction at a five-year high.  Last month, construction jobs grew by 36,000, more than double May’s 17,000 added jobs and the largest monthly gain since February of 2006.   The sharp rise in construction jobs signals a surging housing market.  According to ADP, 6.1 million [&hellip...
Jul
2014
3

CONFIRMED: Maine Gov. LePage Met With Terrorist Group That Wants to Hang Democratic Leaders and Predicts Jews Will Commit Christian Holocaust

CONFIRMED: Maine Gov. LePage Met With Terrorist Group That Wants to Hang Democratic Leaders and Predicts Jews Will Commit Christian Holocaust
  In Maine, administration officials have confirmed that Governor Paul LePage took multiple meetings with members of the Sovereign Citizens, a political group that has been labeled a domestic terrorist organization by the FBI.   Among the group’s beliefs are the rejection of taxes and US currency and the belief that the US Government...