Posts Tagged ‘Chaz Bolte’

Jul
2011
22

Dylan Ratigan Has Been Bringing The Pitfalls Of Free Trade Agreements To The Semi-Mainstream

Dylan Ratigan Has Been Bringing The Pitfalls Of Free Trade Agreements To The Semi-Mainstream
Recently, MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan has dug his heels into the pending Free Trade Agreements that President Obama and hordes of Republican leaders have pushed for. The FTAs are slated to be signed with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea and are similar to the wildly unpopular NAFTA of the Bill Clinton era. On Ratigan’s show, [&hellip...
Jul
2011
22

Medford, MA Bridge Project Sets Precedent For Traffic Alleviation During Construction

Medford, MA Bridge Project Sets Precedent For Traffic Alleviation During Construction
President Obama has challenged the nation to come up with more creative and efficient ways to do their work. In Massachusetts the Building Trades’ work on the 93Fast14 project has been gaining attention for doing just that. The Patrick/Murray administration’s Accelerated Bridge Program has been an excellent example of how business can...
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Jul
2011
21

Local Wisconsin Official Threatening Union Workers With Stifled Pay Raises If They Don’t Decertify

Local Wisconsin Official Threatening Union Workers With Stifled Pay Raises If They Don’t Decertify
According to an article written by Lisa Sink, Brookfield, WI Human Resources Director, Jim Zwerlein is saying that the state budget repair bill “decimated” unions and that employees might be better off financially to be non-represented. The city will see new deals for the union workers in the Fire department, Police Department and...
Jul
2011
21

“Americans are working hard to live honest lives and they should expect their elected officials to do the same.”

Writer Charles Blow’s July 15th op-ed piece in the New York Times titled, “They, Too, Sing America” is an excellent look at the current political climate in America. I am not going to try to match wits with Blow, he is an amazing writer with a sharp and accurate take on the situation. I do [&hellip...
Jul
2011
20

WaPo Spotlights Ironworker Apprentice Who Built a Bridge to a New Life Through Labor

WaPo Spotlights Ironworker Apprentice Who Built a Bridge to a New Life Through Labor
The Washington Post recently told the story of Darren Carroll, an Ironworker apprentice, and his tenacity to re-enter the work force after an injury sidelined him for an extended period of time. The article describes how Carroll found an opportunity to work on a local bridge project at a Community Outreach center and dedicated himself [&hellip...
Jul
2011
20

VIDEO: Roseanne Barr Nails A Politician on Fair Wages, Tax Breaks and the Middle Class

VIDEO: Roseanne Barr Nails A Politician on Fair Wages, Tax Breaks and the Middle Class
In the 1990’s, the comedy of Roseanne Barr had a polarizing effect on America. Many saw her take on Middle Class life in small town America as a reflection of their own lives. Many others simply didn’t want to have to see, in primetime, that others were struggling to live honest lives when things were [&hellip...
Jul
2011
20

JOB CREMATION: GOP Attempting to Divert High-Speed Rail Funds to Disaster Relief

JOB CREMATION: GOP Attempting to Divert High-Speed Rail Funds to Disaster Relief
The GOP has decided to go to war with everything Obama, no matter the cost to the nation. A frequently rehashed battle takes place on the tracks of the various high-speed rail (HSR) projects the administration and many Democratic leaders have supported in recent years. By trying to divert the already-pledged HSR funds to Midwestern [&hellip...
Jul
2011
19

LIUNA Offers Construction Training to Beleaguered Joplin, MO Residents

LIUNA Offers Construction Training to Beleaguered Joplin, MO Residents
Joplin, MO residents who are still trying to recover from the May 22nd tornadoes that ravaged their community are getting some real help from the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). The union is offering a Recruit, Train, and Employ (RTE) program to local residents. The three week program teaches basic construction skills...
Jul
2011
19

Former City Councilman Fleeced Texans After Hurricane Ike, Now Paying $105,000 In Back Wages

Former City Councilman Fleeced Texans After Hurricane Ike, Now Paying $105,000 In Back Wages
The United States Department of Labor has recovered $105,000 in back wages for 57 workers in Anahuac, TX who had been denied overtime compensation. The discovery of violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) followed an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division. The workers were employed by Cecil Parker Jr., the owner...
Jul
2011
18

The Number of Former Lobbyists in the Capitol Doubled Following Last Year’s Election

The Number of Former Lobbyists in the Capitol Doubled Following Last Year’s Election
The influx of Freshmen Republicans to the 112th congress has brought about a wave of former lobbyist hirings to key staff positions that has led to the number of lobbyists working on Capitol Hill being doubled in one year’s time. The 111th Congress laid claim to 60 former lobbyists, while the 112th tallies 127. In [&hellip...
Jul
2011
18

Illinois Governor Signs Legislation to Create 1,300 Jobs at Coal-to-Natural Gas Plant

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law legislation that will bring a new clean energy coal-to-natural gas conversion plant and 1,300 jobs to the state by 2015. Of those jobs, 200 will be permanent positions at the plant, 165 will be in the mining sector, and close to 1,000 jobs will be created in the [&hellip...
Jul
2011
18

KOBE TURKEY: Rumors of Bryant Signing With European Team Stoke NBA Lockout Fire

KOBE TURKEY: Rumors of Bryant Signing With European Team Stoke NBA Lockout Fire
The likelihood of the NBA Lockout affecting the 2011 – 2012 regular season is growing as both sides still seem miles apart in negotiations. Although the Lockout wouldn’t officially begin to interrupt the regular season until mid-September, some players are already looking elsewhere for an opportunity to get paid for their skills. NBA...