Archive for the ‘OPINION’ Category

Jan
2016
7

Real Newspaper: NFL Cheerleaders Don’t Need Employee Status Because They Know Rich Players

Real Newspaper: NFL Cheerleaders Don't Need Employee Status Because They Know Rich Players
  The editorial board of the Orange County Register decided to kick off 2016 by going full 1916. How did a paper of record turn the clocks back so? By questioning the motives of professional cheerleaders who are seeking employee (rather than independent contractor) status. The Register suggests that “they receive the fringe benefits of...
Dec
2015
14

Top Economists: Politics, Not Industry Changes, Responsible for Decline in Unionism

Top Economists: Politics, Not Industry Changes, Responsible for Decline in Unionism
  The upcoming issue of the New York Review of Books features a piece by Paul Krugman, who reviews the new Robert Reich book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few.  In analyzing and highlighting some of Reich’s arguments, Krugman pieces together the changes that have occurred in both the U.S. and global economies [&hellip...
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Sep
2015
30

Bloomberg: Union-Bashing No Longer a Viable Campaign Strategy

Bloomberg: Union-Bashing No Longer a Viable Campaign Strategy
  A recent article in Bloomberg Politics suggests that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s exit from the presidential election is a sign that the political appeal of bashing unions has peaked.  As a last ditch effort to save his campaign, which just months earlier saw him polling as the favorite in Iowa, Walker announced he would...
Sep
2015
29

WA Building Trades: Jobs, Not Politics, Should Drive Export Terminal Decisions

WA Building Trades: Jobs, Not Politics, Should Drive Export Terminal Decisions
  In an op-ed for the News-Tribune, Teamsters Joint Council 28 President, Rick Hicks, and Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary, Lee Newgent, ask those opposed to the proposed Gateway Pacific, Millennium Bulk, and Vancouver Energy export terminals to reconsider their position given the jobs and expanded...
Sep
2015
17

Former Assoc. Builders & Contractors Lobbyist Op-Ed Dismantled by Actual Economist

Former Assoc. Builders & Contractors Lobbyist Op-Ed Dismantled by Actual Economist
  Responding to an op-ed by former Associated Builders and Contractors officer George Hawkins that cast shadows on a Smart Cities Prevail wage study, economist Kevin Duncan dismantled the anti-union lobby’s talking points on the San Diego Source. After explaining the process by which he conducts his peer reviewed studies, Duncan...
Sep
2015
1

Trades Leaders: NoLa Officials’ Objection to Labor Standards Crushed Post-Katrina Employment Growth

Trades Leaders: NoLa Officials' Objection to Labor Standards Crushed Post-Katrina Employment Growth
  In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Building Trades Unions of New Orleans attempted to use rebuilding efforts to secure opportunities for the city’s most disenfranchised residents. Family-sustaining careers were the primary objective.  But without the support of local and state governments, their mission was near impossible.  Ten...
Aug
2015
26

Wait Watchers: NYT Praises State Infrastructure Funding Efforts Amidst Federal Faltering

Wait Watchers: NYT Praises State Infrastructure Funding Efforts Amidst Federal Faltering
  Over the weekend, the New York Times editorial board praised the work of state governments that have found ways to fund transportation projects despite Congressional gridlock on the issue. In August, Congress passed a temporary fix to keep the federal highway fund operating through October.  It is the 34th such move since 2009.   [&hellip...
Aug
2015
19

Gallup Poll Finds Big Upswing in Union Support; Women, Young People Most Enthusiastic

Gallup Poll Finds Big Upswing in Union Support; Women, Young People Most Enthusiastic
  A recent Gallup poll shows that America’s support for labor unions has jumped 5 percent in the past year, bringing it to 58 percent. This is the highest such figure since 2008 when 59 percent approved.  The poll was conducted between August 5th and 9th and is part of Gallup’s annual Work and Education [&hellip...
Jul
2015
30

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages: “Getting rid of them makes no sense.”

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages:
  With prevailing wage repeal still a hot-button topic in Michigan, some political leaders are taking their message to the masses in hopes of keeping the law on the books.  Since taking control of the Senate, Republicans have made prevailing wage repeal a top priority, spearheaded by Arlan Meekhof and against GOP governor Rick Snyder’s...
Jul
2015
30

Op-ed’s Tout Importance of Apprenticeship for Young Workers, Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life

Op-ed's Tout Importance of Apprenticeship for Young Workers, Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life
  This week, two op-ed’s from two regions of the United States discuss the importance of apprenticeship programs to two groups of Americans: youth and veterans. In The Daytona Daily News, professor Rick Sheridan touts apprenticeship programs arguing that they offer a vital alternative to college for those seeking a middle class lifestyle. ...
Jul
2015
28

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain’t Having It

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain't Having It
  Last week, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article by conservative columnist Steven Greenhut that uses questionable numbers and biased sources to argue that Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) would dramatically raise the cost of school construction in the state of California.  The article blasts both PLAs and legislation that is...
Jul
2015
20

Trades Leader: Union Apprenticeship More Impactful Than Symbolic Starbucks Tuition Program

Trades Leader: Union Apprenticeship More Impactful Than Symbolic Starbucks Tuition Program
  Since announcing its plan to pay for employees’ college tuition, Starbucks has been riding a wave of positive publicity while a small number of workers have begun their now-funded academic journeys.  A step in the right direction, to be sure, it is a fairly miniscule contribution to the future of the American workforce at [&hellip...