Archive for the ‘MADE IN THE USA’ Category

Jun
2014
17

Federally Contracted LGBT Employees to Get Long-Awaited Discrimination Protections via Obama EO

Federally Contracted LGBT Employees to Get Long-Awaited Discrimination Protections via Obama EO
  President Obama has announced that he will sign an executive order (EO) prohibiting companies who receive federal contracts from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  The EO will make changes where legislation has failed since the Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor decision which…
May
2014
28

Labor Sec. Perez Visits Building Trades Training Facility, Suggests Apprenticeship as Alternative to College

Labor Sec. Perez Visits Building Trades Training Facility, Suggests Apprenticeship as Alternative to College
  Prior to giving the commencement address at Drexel University’s School of Law, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez visited the training facility of the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI). He toured the venue and even tested his skills on their spray-painting training simulator.   Perez praised the facility, noting that apprenticeship training…
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May
2014
27

“Benghazi? It’s a town in West Virginia.”

image via Slate   A vital new opinion piece on Fredericksburg.com exposes the glaring underappreciation for the dangerous jobs that workers do in the mining sector, and the selective concern for the lost lives of American who can be wielded for political purposes. In “As Working Class Sinks, Where’s the Outrage?,” Marc…
May
2014
15

Dubious Study Claiming US Labor Shortage Fiercely Challenged by Building Trades Leader

Dubious Study Claiming US Labor Shortage Fiercely Challenged by Building Trades Leader
  The Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO is questioning a widely circulated report from Manpower, Inc. which claims that the North American energy industry is in the throes of a workforce crisis at both the skilled labor and management levels.  The authenticity of the report’s findings are being challenged by…
Apr
2014
11

Labor Secretary Chastises U.S. for Lack of Workforce Investment

Labor Secretary Chastises U.S. for Lack of Workforce Investment
  Speaking in Washington, D.C., Department of Labor head Thomas Perez labeled America’s lack of a workforce investment policy a “sleeper issue.”  Just days after the Obama Administration announced $100 million in federal grants that would ostensibly create innovative programs to cultivate a new generation of ready-to-work Americans,…
Apr
2014
2

Union Investment Bringing Hundreds of Jobs, Affordable Housing to Minneapolis

Union Investment Bringing Hundreds of Jobs, Affordable Housing to Minneapolis
  The AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced that it will provide $33 million in pension capital to fund the construction of Five 15 on the Park, a 259-unit apartment complex.  Of those units, nearly half will be ‘affordable housing’ with the remainder being rented at market rate.   Five 15 on the Park…
Apr
2014
2

Sen. Rand Paul Says Caterpillar “Deserves an Award” for Dodging $2.4B in Taxes

Sen. Rand Paul Says Caterpillar
  Testifying before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, representatives of Caterpillar, Inc. answered questions pertaining to a report that suggests the industrial giant has dodged $2.4 billion in taxes over the past decade.  Amazingly, the investigation’s discoveries split the subcommittee along partisan lines….
Mar
2014
28

Anti-Union Laws Not Deterring Minnesota Unions from Feasting on Job Boom in the Dakotas

Anti-Union Laws Not Deterring Minnesota Unions from Feasting on Job Boom in the Dakotas
  Unions in Minnesota are coming to the aid of their neighbors in the Dakotas where a need for skilled labor is growing as the region’s oil boom creates job after job. 76,000 jobs are expected by the year 2020.   Launching the Dakota Construction Careers Campaign, six Minnesota-based construction unions will host a series [&hellip…;
Mar
2014
26

Polls Show Opposition to Keystone XL is Elitist Democrat Viewpoint, Awful Election Strategy

Polls Show Opposition to Keystone XL is Elitist Democrat Viewpoint, Awful Election Strategy
  An article from The Daily Beast writer Lloyd Green argues that “Downton Abbey Democrats may cost the party the Senate,” noting that while the environmentalist elite oppose Keystone XL, the project has a broad approval rating that crosses party lines.   It is difficult to gauge whether the ire of environmentalists amounts to much…
Mar
2014
25

New IBEW Ad Links Union Pride, American Advancement

  A new ad from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) began running on channels such as ESPN and CNN recently. The spot touts the accomplishments of unionized electricians and their contributions to the American economy.  “Proudly American, Proudly Union” shows the value of quality work and puts a face to the…
Mar
2014
14

$58 Million More Union Pension Dollars Invested in SF Housing Construction

  The AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced a $58 million commitment to the 101 Polk development in San Francisco.  Construction of the $82.8 million multi-family development in the city’s Central Market neighborhood is expected to create 350 union construction jobs.  Upon completion, the thirteen-story building…
Mar
2014
14

President Obama Signs Executive Order Delivering Deserved Overtime Pay to Millions

President Obama Signs Executive Order Delivering Deserved Overtime Pay to Millions
  Ending a so called “white collar exception,” President Obama this week signed an executive order that will revamp overtime regulations, requiring payment to salaried employees labeled as “executive or professional.”  The move means several million additional workers employed as fast food managers, loan officers, and computer…