Archive for the ‘OPINION’ Category

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...
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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...
Mar
2015
11

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker’s “Right-to-Work” Signing as Political; GOP Sets Sights on Further Dismantling Construction Worker Protections

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker's
  As anyone following the labor movement or the race for the GOP presidential nomination knows, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed “Right-to-Work” legislation on Monday.  Wisconsin became the 25th state in the country to enact such a measure. Calling the legislation “Freedom to Work,”  Walker justified the middle class bashing...
Feb
2015
4

Poll by GOP Firm: 88% of Likely WI Voters Don’t Think “Right-to-Work” Would Benefit Them

Poll by GOP Firm: 88% of Likely WI Voters Don't Think
  New polling from a firm The New York Times calls “the leading Republican polling company” in the country shows that anti-union legislation such as “Right-to-Work” and prevailing wage repeal are unpopular among likely voters and not seen as a top priority.  The numbers come from Public Opinion Strategies, which asked 600...
Nov
2014
24

“They may not be able to find them at the price they want. But I’m not sure that qualifies as a shortage, any more than my not being able to find a half-priced TV.”

  Slightly lost in President Obama’s executive action granting deportation relief for millions was the expansion of visas for foreign-born U.S. college graduates, a move industrial leaders say is necessary to combat a worker shortage.  Many scholars, however, argue that the worker shortage in no way exists. Among them is Hal Salzman,...
Sep
2014
18

White Collar Crime-and-a-Half: NYT Ed Board Insists Change to Overtime Threshold Must be Made

White Collar Crime-and-a-Half: NYT Ed Board Insists Change to Overtime Threshold Must be Made
  On Wednesday, the New York Times Editorial Board addressed the question of who receives overtime in the American workplace.  In March, President Obama signed an executive order directing the Labor Department to update federal overtime rules.   In the EO he touched on the fact that “white collar exemptions” for salaried workers had not...
Sep
2014
17

“The Prevailing Wage Law protects those workers who don’t have a contract regardless of race, gender or place of origin.”

  In response to New Bedford resident Lee Nason’s misguided tirade in an anti-prevailing wage op-ed, Massachusetts Building and Construction Trades Council President Frank Callahan wrote a letter of his own for South Coast Today. In the rebuttal, Callahan seeks to clarify some facts regarding important construction wage protections.  ...
Sep
2014
11

Palo Alto, Where Slashing Wages and Wasting City Money are All the Rage!

Palo Alto, Where Slashing Wages and Wasting City Money are All the Rage!
  In an op-ed for the Mercury News Dave Collins of Smart Cities Prevail explains how avoiding the prevailing wage and refusing to enter into Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) has led to delays and budget overruns on several construction projects in Palo Alto, CA.   As we have discussed in the past, the city’s handling [&hellip...
Aug
2014
29

Prevailing Wage Repeal Gets a Proper Ribbing in the Pages of the Detroit Free Press

Prevailing Wage Repeal Gets a Proper Ribbing in the Pages of the Detroit Free Press
  Last month, Alfredo Ortiz of the Job Creators Network (the who?) published a guest column in the Detroit Free Presscalling for the repeal of Michigan’s prevailing wage law. It is “a waste of your tax dollars,” he said. In response, advocates for and against this careless claim entered the public debate with op-eds of their [&hellip...