Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Jul
2015
30

Op-ed’s Tout Importance of Apprenticeship for Young Workers, Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life

Op-ed's Tout Importance of Apprenticeship for Young Workers, Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life
  This week, two op-ed’s from two regions of the United States discuss the importance of apprenticeship programs to two groups of Americans: youth and veterans. In The Daytona Daily News, professor Rick Sheridan touts apprenticeship programs arguing that they offer a vital alternative to college for those seeking a middle class lifestyle. …
Jul
2015
16

J-1 Visa Lawsuit Claims Systematic Guest Worker Abuse on State Department’s Watch

J-1 Visa Lawsuit Claims Systematic Guest Worker Abuse on State Department's Watch
  A group of aux pairs have filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Denver claiming they came to America based on promises that were eventually broken and have been underpaid.  The lawsuit accuses the 15 au pair sponsor programs registered with the U.S. Government of conspiring to set wages below the minimum [&hellip…;
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Jul
2015
10

Pipefitters Union Investing in Transitioning Military Veterans to the Workforce

Pipefitters Union Investing in Transitioning Military Veterans to the Workforce
  At Fort Sill, Oklahoma soldiers finishing their military service can now enter a program which will prepare them for a career in the civilian workforce as pipefitters.  The 18-week fire suppression sprinkler system program is held at the Ft. Sill Industrial Training Complex and is part of the United Association’s Veterans in Piping…
Jul
2015
8

New Balance Says Pentagon Dragging Its Feet; Soldiers Still Not Wearing American-Made Sneakers

New Balance Says Pentagon Dragging Its Feet; Soldiers Still Not Wearing American-Made Sneakers
  Massachusetts-based shoe company New Balance says that the military is dragging its feet on a promise it made to outfit soldiers with American-made shoes.  The promise came in April of 2014 when the military announced it would honor the Berry Amendment, a 1941 law requiring the Department of Defense (DoD) to give priority to [&hellip…;
Jun
2015
29

Decorated Military Veteran and IBEW Organizer Honored in Sacramento

  Ramon Castro, a decorated war veteran and journeyman electrician and organizer with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), was honored at a ceremony last week after being named the California 56th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year.  Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia was on hand to present the award at the Veterans…
Jun
2015
24

Amendment to Federal Law Strips VA of Oversight Following Abysmal Aurora Facility Construction

Amendment to Federal Law Strips VA of Oversight Following Abysmal Aurora Facility Construction
  The U.S. Senate has tentatively approved a measure which would prohibit the Veterans Administration (VA) from managing construction projects that carry a price tag of more than $100 million, instead placing the responsibility in the hands of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The move came as part of an amendment to the National [&hellip…;
Jun
2015
23

Public Spending on Infrastructure Construction Sinking to Great Recession Levels

Public Spending on Infrastructure Construction Sinking to Great Recession Levels
  New numbers from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis show the extent to which government has failed to adequately fund infrastructure construction and the effect this has had on the overall economy.  The new statistics show that total public construction spending is nearing Great Recession lows at a time when the American Society…
Jun
2015
19

On Daily Show, Bill Clinton Touts Building Trades, AFT Pension Investments and Greening of Buildings

On Daily Show, Bill Clinton Touts Building Trades, AFT Pension Investments and Greening of Buildings
  Appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, former President Bill Clinton took some time to talk about the Clinton Global Initiative, specifically noting the success of a Building Trades program which came to fruition following a conversation with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  The program uses union pension funds to create…
Jun
2015
19

Yes, Really: Anti-Union Associated Builders & Contractors Pursue Bills to Ban Local Hiring in OH

Yes, Really: Anti-Union Associated Builders & Contractors Pursue Bills to Ban Local Hiring in OH
  In Ohio, two bills are currently being considered by the General Assembly, House Bill 180 and Senate Bill 152, that would prohibit cities from using geographic hiring preferences on construction projects.  Such preferences are often written into Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) to ensure that the local workforce is given preference…
Jun
2015
17

Indian Temp Visa Holder Blows Whistle on Slew of Violations in Multi-Million Dollar IT Class Action

Indian Temp Visa Holder Blows Whistle on Slew of Violations in Multi-Million Dollar IT Class Action
  A class action lawsuit against information technology (IT) company Wipro claims that the company misclassified up to 200 employees in order to avoid paying them overtime wages.  The case was brought by Suri Payala, an Indian national who worked for Wipro on a L-1B visa as a computer technician.  L-1B visas allow foreign workers [&hellip…;
Jun
2015
12

STUDY: Members of Congress 231% More Likely to Meet With You If You’ve Made a Political Donation

STUDY: Members of Congress 231% More Likely to Meet With You If You've Made a Political Donation
  A recent study published in The American Journal of Political Science found that members of Congress are 231 percent more likely to meet with you if you have donated money to their campaign.  The study was conducted by Berkley political scientists Joshua Kalla and David Broockman who teamed up with the progressive organization, CREDO…
Jun
2015
9

Disney Is Latest Company to Abuse H-1B Visas; U.S. Workers Forced to Train Foreign Replacements

Disney Is Latest Company to Abuse H-1B Visas; U.S. Workers Forced to Train Foreign Replacements
  It’s a growing problem across the country which has now permeated an American institution, Walt Disney.  In October, the company contacted 250 of its unsuspecting Information Technology (IT) employees and invited them to a meeting.  Many thought they were going to get bonuses.  Instead, they found out that they were losing their jobs…