Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Feb
2015
10

Ouch-sourcing: SoCal Utility Made Workers Train Their Foreign Visa Replacements Before Firing Them

Ouch-sourcing: SoCal Utility Made Workers Train Their Foreign Visa Replacements Before Firing Them
  It is not often that the American public has a good reason to praise Rep. Darrell Issa and his political philosophies, but there is at least one issue which the California Republican gets right: foreign worker visas. On this topic he understands what is best for the country, as evidenced by his speaking out [&hellip…;
Feb
2015
6

MUST-SEE: Mile-High Photographs During Construction of the Bay Bridge

MUST-SEE: Mile-High Photographs During Construction of the Bay Bridge
  Since 1998 when the first soil samples were taken, photographer Joseph Blum has been documenting the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.  Now, images released by The Atlantic’s City Lab show that how incredible Blum’s work is. The 73-year-old is taking risks many teenagers wouldn’t consider to document the…
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Jan
2015
26

Construction Union Membership Rises; “Value-Centric, Trusted Community Partner” Approach Working

Construction Union Membership Rises;
  New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the percentage of the workforce represented by a union fell to 11.1%, down from 11.3% the previous year.  Overall, 14.6 million Americans belonged to a union in 2014.  In 1983, the union membership rate was 20.1 percent with 17.7 million workers belonging to [&hellip…;
Dec
2014
16

Veterans Affairs Facility in CO Proves Again How Abysmal the Agency is at Construction Work

Veterans Affairs Facility in CO Proves Again How Abysmal the Agency is at Construction Work
  A decision by the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals has halted construction on an over-budget, behind schedule Veterans Affairs facility near Denver, Colorado and brought to light a pattern of mismanagement by the agency.   Not unlike botched VA projects in Florida and Louisiana, the cost of constructing the facility in Aurora has…
Dec
2014
2

Building Trades’ New Skilled Construction Training Effort, CHOICE, Gets Rolling in D.C. Area

Building Trades' New Skilled Construction Training Effort, CHOICE, Gets Rolling in D.C. Area
  In order to help prepare more workers for skilled construction in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metro-area, North America’s Building Trades Unions have created a new program, the Community Hub for Opportunities in Construction Employment (CHOICE).  Launched in June, CHOICE works with industry, government, and community leaders to…
Dec
2014
2

Judge Green Lights Lawsuit Challenging the Tech Worker Visas Obama Wants to Expand

Judge Green Lights Lawsuit Challenging the Tech Worker Visas Obama Wants to Expand
  Just one day after President Obama announced a series of immigration reforms via executive action, a federal judge greenlit a lawsuit that challenges a student visa program which the reforms would expand.  The program, known as Optional Practical Training (OPT), allows foreign born students who graduate from U.S. schools to be eligible to…
Oct
2014
6

NY State Considering Allowing Technical, Skilled Trades as Core Subjects for High School Graduation

  In New York, the state Board of Regents is considering allowing high school students who take technical and career oriented classes to replace one of the five core regents exams with a “career pathway assessment.”  Advocates say that the change would positively affect dropout rates and test scores, and help students toward the careers…
Sep
2014
25

Hillary Clinton: With C.H.O.I.C.E., Building Trades “Leading the Way” in Labor-Management Partnerships

Hillary Clinton: With C.H.O.I.C.E., Building Trades
  This week the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convened a caucus of star politicians and activists to discuss game-changing efforts on a wide array of topics, from sustainability and climate to labor. Stateside, much of the latter centered around Hillary Clinton’s ‘Job One’ program (highlighted earlier this week on We Party…
Sep
2014
25

Navy Times Touts Various Building Trades-Sponsored Veteran Hiring Programs

Navy Times Touts Various Building Trades-Sponsored Veteran Hiring Programs
  In a recent article for the Military Times, Steven Maieli, founder of the website TransitioningVeteran.com, discusses the career opportunities available to servicemen and women through apprenticeships.  As military members return home to civilian life, apprenticeship can be an excellent, reliable new beginning which the discipline of the…
Sep
2014
23

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Job One’ Corrals Big and Small Biz to Boost Youth Employment

Hillary Clinton's 'Job One' Corrals Big and Small Biz to Boost Youth Employment
  In hopes of assisting the nearly 6 million young Americans who are out of school and out of work, Hillary Clinton this summer launched the Job One program as part of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).  Job One aims to help young people begin a track of upward mobility by ensuring they have an [&hellip…;
Jul
2014
7

Construction Hits Five-Year High in New Jobs Report, Unions Making Gains in Unexpected Places

Construction Hits Five-Year High in New Jobs Report, Unions Making Gains in Unexpected Places
  The latest numbers from the ADP jobs report show construction at a five-year high.  Last month, construction jobs grew by 36,000, more than double May’s 17,000 added jobs and the largest monthly gain since February of 2006.   The sharp rise in construction jobs signals a surging housing market.  According to ADP, 6.1 million [&hellip…;
Jul
2014
3

BOOM: Job Growth Predicted in Non-Shale States as a Result of Their Shale-Producing Neighbors

BOOM: Job Growth Predicted in Non-Shale States as a Result of Their Shale-Producing Neighbors
  Testimony from the Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA) suggests that as many as 300,000 new jobs will be created by 2025 as the shale energy supply sector continues to grow. Since the boom in shale energy began less than a decade ago, more than 450,000 jobs have been created in the supply sector [&hellip…;