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

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...
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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...
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...
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...