Archive for the ‘OPINION’ Category

Apr
2014
9

In First Post-McCutcheon Comments, Lead Lawyer Contradicts Himself, Admits Money Isn’t Free Speech

  The Supreme Court’s tragic decision in McCutcheon vs. FEC has brought about a whirlwind of political commentary, spanning the spectrum from those, such as Newt Gingrich, who suggest remarkably that it will “equalize the middle class and the rich” to those, like E.J. Dionne, who understand that it will usher in an era of ...
Mar
2014
31

In Op-ed, Obama Clarifies Who a Minimum Wage Boost Would Benefit, Scope of Support for Its Passage

In Op-ed, Obama Clarifies Who a Minimum Wage Boost Would Benefit, Scope of Support for Its Passage
  Elaborating on his principle that “no American that works full time should have to raise a family in poverty,” President Obama published an op-ed on Sunday reiterating his call for a raise in the minimum wage.  With the Senate ready to vote on a federal minimum wage hike, the president used his op-ed to ...
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Mar
2014
26

Polls Show Opposition to Keystone XL is Elitist Democrat Viewpoint, Awful Election Strategy

Polls Show Opposition to Keystone XL is Elitist Democrat Viewpoint, Awful Election Strategy
  An article from The Daily Beast writer Lloyd Green argues that “Downton Abbey Democrats may cost the party the Senate,” noting that while the environmentalist elite oppose Keystone XL, the project has a broad approval rating that crosses party lines.   It is difficult to gauge whether the ire of environmentalists amounts to much ...
Mar
2014
25

Pair of Rhode Island Op-Ed’s Challenge Anti-Union PLA Falsehoods Perpetrated by Local News

Pair of Rhode Island Op-Ed's Challenge Anti-Union PLA Falsehoods Perpetrated by Local News
  In late February, WPRI 12 in Providence aired a segment about Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) that featured a “local non-union contractor” arguing that the agreements give an unfair advantage to unions.  The contractor was Anne Powers, President of American Tele-Connect and a director of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)...
Mar
2014
21

Want to Know What’s Wrong With National Politics? Look No Further Than Smalltown PA.

Want to Know What's Wrong With National Politics? Look No Further Than Smalltown PA.
  A recent op-ed on a small Pennsylvania news site gets to the core of an issue that many union members, tired of their representatives obeying a moneyed national agenda while ignoring the issues that effect them, are facing.  The Beaver-Lawrence Central Labor Council (BLCLC) piece criticizes State Rep. Jim Christiana’s loyalty to...
Mar
2014
19

WI Newspaper: Walker Request for Voter ID Special Session “Ridiculous,” Voter Fraud “Not a Problem”

WI Newspaper: Walker Request for Voter ID Special Session
  An editorial from the Appleton Post-Crescent attempts to clarify the issue of Voter ID in Wisconsin, slamming Gov. Scott Walker for calling a special session of the legislature in order to change the law while more pressing matters, like disastrous job numbers, face the state.   Interestingly, the board originally supported the Voter ID ...
Mar
2014
7

Building Trades Prez: “Ours is a story that even conservatives should love, and many do.”

Building Trades Prez:
  With partisan politics again set to rear its ugly head this election year, Sean McGarvey, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, has a message to make Queen Latifah proud: U-N-I-T-Y, that spells unity. McGarvey’s The Hill op-ed highlights the ways his organization’s unions have grown from...
Feb
2014
11

Michelle Obama: Veterans “Adept at Building and Leading Teams, Comfortable with Diversity,” Ideal for Construction

Michelle Obama: Veterans
  On Sunday, First Lady Michelle Obama took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal in an op-ed titled, “Construction Companies Step Up to Hire Veterans.” She praised employers who hire veterans not just “because it’s the patriotic thing to do, and not just because they want to repay our veterans for their service ...
Feb
2014
4

MO Newspaper: Building Trades Apprenticeships Too Valuable to Let “Right-to-Work” Ruin

MO Newspaper: Building Trades Apprenticeships Too Valuable to Let
  As the Missouri state legislature prepares to once more battle over “Right-to-Work”, sides are being taken statewide. Newspapers and news outlets are being inundated with letters of support for, and opposition to, the divisive policy.  The pervasive Republican thinking is that unions are the cause of the nation’s economic problems...
Jan
2014
6

Boston Contractor’s Association Head Praises New Mayor Walsh’s “Sensible Unionism”

Boston Contractor's Association Head Praises New Mayor Walsh's
  For Boston’s new mayor Marty Walsh, a career as a union laborer and Building and Construction Trades Council head has been a double-edged sword.  It helped him shape his world view and ultimately win the election, but it has also left many with a preconceived notion of how he will handle city contracts and ...
Dec
2013
16

Scholar: Misclassification Shows Employers “Engaged in Organized Tactics to Disempower Workers”

  In an opinion piece Sunday, New York Times historian and labor rights advocate Marjorie Elizabeth Wood shined rare mainstream media light on the issue of misclassification.   The practice of misclassifying employees as independent contractors to avoid paying payroll taxes and providing benefits is nothing new, but it became an even bigger...
Dec
2013
10

Construction Owner Defends Michigan’s Prevailing Wage in Response to Mounting Misinformation

  Michigan’s anti-worker factions are ramping up their attacks on the prevailing wage, and the owner of Detroit area company Cowhy Hayes Construction, James Cowhy, has something to say about it. In an op-ep in The Detroit News, Cowhy does his part to prevent an unnecessary wedge issue from developing. The prevailing wage benefits...