Archive for the ‘INFRASTRUCTURE’ Category

Jan
2013
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Included in “Fiscal Cliff” Deal: WIND ENERGY PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT EXTENSION!

Included in “Fiscal Cliff” Deal: WIND ENERGY PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT EXTENSION!
As part of the deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” Congress passed an extension of the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit which will allow one of the fastest growing energy sources in America to continue to thrive. America’s 75,000 wind sector employees can finally take a collective deep breath following months of uncertainty…
Jan
2013
4

Arkansas to Study Possibility of High-Speed Rail Connecting Memphis, Little Rock and Texarkana

The state of Arkansas will begin studying the possibility of high-speed rail (HSR) connecting Memphis, Little Rock, and Texarkana. State transportation officials anticipate spending between $1 million and $1.25 million in federal and state funds to study two long-range railroad transportation plans. While the state currently does not have enough…
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Jan
2013
4

NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney, an Ironworker, is Leading the Charge to Ensure that Sandy Reconstruction Provides Good Jobs with Workplace Protections

NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney, an Ironworker, is Leading the Charge to Ensure that Sandy Reconstruction Provides Good Jobs with Workplace Protections
As New Jersey prepares to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, Senate President Stephen Sweeney is proposing a bill that would make some of the largest projects eligible for Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). For New Jersey construction workers who experienced high unemployment rates throughout 2012, this is good news as it means good jobs with quality…
Dec
2012
28

Boilermakers Local 363 Praised for Work on Massive $3.8B Phillips’ 66 Refinery Project

Boilermakers Local 363 Praised for Work on Massive $3.8B Phillips' 66 Refinery Project
The newly-revamped Phillips 66 Wood River Oil Refinery in Roxana, Illinois is being looked at as an example of local Boilermakers unions prowess. The $3.8 billion project, Phillips 66’s largest refinery with over 800 permanent employees represented by 10 local unions, did not lose a single work day in the last 24 months. During peak …
Dec
2012
28

$200 Million Iowa Highway Extension Moving Forward at a, Ummm… Turtle’s Pace.

$200 Million Iowa Highway Extension Moving Forward at a, Ummm... Turtle's Pace.
Earlier this month, the long delay that halted the construction of the $200 million Highway 100 extension to Highway 30 in Iowa finally ended with the first shovel of dirt going into the pond that caused the tardiness. Environmental concerns about the project’s effect on Blanding’s Turtles, a threatened species of turtles, pushed the…
Dec
2012
19

ON INFRASTRUCTURE: “Increasing investments in the midst of a jobs crisis and during a period of near-record low financing costs is a no-brainer.”

When experts were recently asked what their first policy change would be if elected President, Andrew Fieldhouse, Federal Budget policy Analyst for the Economic Policy Institute, proposed a massive infrastructure program that would return the U.S. economy to full employment. The former staff member of the House Budget Committee looked into the…
Dec
2012
18

Cottage Grove, MN City Hall, Built Under “Best Value Model,” Comes in $2 Million Under Budget

Cottage Grove, MN City Hall, Built Under
CORRECTION: A previous version of this post suggested a Project Labor Agreement was used when in fact the “Best Value Model” approach was taken. In Cottage Grove, Minnesota, the city’s Public Safety Building was outgrown by the city’s population. The town’s two jail cells, housed therein and built in 1968, no longer…
Dec
2012
18

St. Louis Building Trades Provide Blueprint for the Future of Public-Private Investment in Workforce Training

St. Louis Building Trades Provide Blueprint for the Future of Public-Private Investment in Workforce Training
In touting the success of his organization’s $42 million Cortona at Forest Park Apartments project, St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Aboussie set forth a vision of what the St. Louis building trades have to offer in terms of public-private partnerships. The project, part of the…
Dec
2012
14

$1B (yes, B!) Post-Sandy Pension Investment by AFT Bolsters AFL-CIO’s Budding Legacy of Community-Building Construction Efforts

Yesterday, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) announced an incredible $1 billion contribution by the American Federation of Teachers’ NYC Teachers Retirement System to help victims of Hurricane sandy. The infrastructure-centric investment, announced via a press release which appears in its entirety below, is the latest in a string of…
Dec
2012
14

Seven Wind Energy Programs to Receive $4M Each in Grant Money to Get Off the Ground

Seven Wind Energy Programs to Receive $4M Each in Grant Money to Get Off the Ground
In an effort to jump start the offshore wind energy industry, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on Wednesday that it would award $28 million in grants to underwrite seven wind projects. Located in Maine, New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, Ohio, and Oregon, each developer will receive up to $4 million to complete the engineering, …
Dec
2012
12

OH Gov Kasich Using Taxpayer Money to Pay Biased Firm to Sway Taxpayer Opinion of Turnpike Privatization

As avid readers of this blog know, Ohio is looking to privatize its turnpike system despite the complete disaster its neighbor state Indiana went through following similar action in 2006. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, meanwhile, has already spent $3.4 million of the state’s money for the Texas-based firm KPMG to explore how a deal would …
Dec
2012
6

San Diego Inks Project Labor Agreement for What Will Be Nation’s Largest Water Desalination Plant

San Diego Inks Project Labor Agreement for What Will Be Nation's Largest Water Desalination Plant
In an effort to diversify its water source and combat future price surges, the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors voted last week to approve a landmark purchase of 56,000 acre-feet water a year from what will soon be the nation’s largest seawater desalination plant. It will be located in Carlsbad, California. With …