Archive for the ‘OPINION’ Category

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...
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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...
Jun
2015
24

BLS Figures Paint Bleak Picture of IL Economy, Refute Gov. Rauner Claims of Union-Driven Ills

BLS Figures Paint Bleak Picture of IL Economy, Refute Gov. Rauner Claims of Union-Driven Ills
  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has blamed almost all of the state’s economic woes on unions and pensions, but a look at the numbers shows the real problem may be the small group of workers he is trying to protect.  Creating “Right-to-Work” zones and making drastic changes to the state pension system are cornerstones of [&hellip...
Apr
2015
30

Building Trades, Chamber of Commerce Both Backing RI Gov’s Infrastructure-Friendly Budget

Building Trades, Chamber of Commerce Both Backing RI Gov's Infrastructure-Friendly Budget
  The ambitious budget proposal of Governor Gina Raimondo has gained the support of both the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council (RIBCTC) and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. In an op-ed for The Providence Journal, Michael Sabitoni of the RIBCTC and Laurie White of the Chamber of Commerce explain their support for...
Apr
2015
14

Compromise?! The Wisconsin GOP? Nahhhhhh…. (Prevailing Wage Edition)

Compromise?! The Wisconsin GOP? Nahhhhhh.... (Prevailing Wage Edition)
  As the Wisconsin GOP moves forward with an attempt to repeal the prevailing wage, a new argument is afoot, one that wants reforms rather than repeal.  The labor movement and Democrats remain opposed to unnecessary tampering of any sort, and may not be too keen on these reforms. But there must be at least [&hellip...
Apr
2015
14

Building Trades Pres: IL Must Protect Nuclear Plants, Avoid Losing $1.8B in Annual Economic Activity

Building Trades Pres: IL Must Protect Nuclear Plants, Avoid Losing $1.8B in Annual Economic Activity
  In an op-ed for the Chicago Sun-Times, Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions, argues that the Illinois legislature must work to preserve the state’s nuclear power industry.  Illinois’ nuclear fleet is among the nation’s most efficient and employs 28,000 people, McGarvey, a member of the...
Mar
2015
16

Building Trades Pres: Businesses in “Right-to-Work” Wisconsin “May Not Be Able to Find Any Skilled Workers”

Building Trades Pres: Businesses in
  In a brief letter to the editor of the New York Times, North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey explained that “Right-to-Work” results in a drop in skilled labor. He questions the idea of attracting businesses to Wisconsin by thwarting workers, suggesting, “Companies and whole industries from...