Posts Tagged ‘California politics’

Feb
2012
17

“The earth will move again in California, and the bridge must stay intact.”

“The earth will move again in California, and the bridge must stay intact.”
Juliette Kayyem penned an interesting opinion piece in the Boston Globe titled, “Bridge to the future: This time, let’s build infrastructure that lasts.” In the piece, Kayyem stresses the importance of looking beyond the immediate, job-creating impact of infrastructure investment: Infrastructure projects are too often promoted...
Dec
2011
12

10 Days Left to Comment on “Green” Rail Yard That Would Bring Thousands of Jobs Per Year

10 Days Left to Comment on “Green” Rail Yard That Would Bring Thousands of Jobs Per Year
Warren Buffett’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company and the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council are ramping up for the home stretch of planning for their joint venture, a $500 million green facility at the Port of Los Angeles. The facility, the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG), is a...
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Dec
2011
11

San Diego School Board: “Non-Union Contractors Have Done Very Well” Under the District’s PLA

Of all the inflated gripes that that big contractor lobbies, such as the Associated Building and Contractors (ABC), hurl at Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), the most divisive and erroneous is that PLAs cut non-union contractors and non-union workers out of large-scale, public construction projects. This claim has been refuted time and again by the...
Dec
2011
8

$287 Million Modernization Effort Will Be Undertaken by Union Construction Workers in NorCal

$287 Million Modernization Effort Will Be Undertaken by Union Construction Workers in NorCal
The anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) spend a lot of their time and money bashing Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and spreading misinformation propaganda about the value of union construction workers. Case in point, the ABC’s recent claim that the Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Building Trades Council will bankrupt...
Dec
2011
7

Paycheck Deception Makes It Onto California Ballot

The Sacramento Bee reported last night that the so-called Paycheck Protection proposal will be on the California ballot in 2012: A proposed initiative to block unions and corporations from using automatic payroll deductions for political purposes has made the cut to go in front of voters next November, the secretary of state announced today.. The...
Dec
2011
1

Don’t Look Now, Lindsey Graham: The NLRB Rules Against SEIU in Forced Dues Complaint

  A major GOP talking point in this year’s War on Workers has been the need to reform the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Conservatives have dubbed the NLRB a pro-union, “activist” committee that stands in the way of what many consider to be a harsh, skewed, employer friendly GOP agenda. Don’t look now, Lindsey...
Nov
2011
30

$4 Billion Transbay Transit Center Set to Bring 100,000+ Jobs, Veteran Hiring to San Franciscso

$4 Billion Transbay Transit Center Set to Bring 100,000+ Jobs, Veteran Hiring to San Franciscso
A project labor agreement has been reached between the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council (SFBCTC) and Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) that will provide $4 billion to build the new Transbay Transit Center. The project, which is being called the “grand central station of the west,” will serve 45 million people...