Archive for the ‘CALIFORNIA’ Category

Jul
2011
27

Those Enrolling in California Training Programs No Longer Need to Fear Loss Of Unemployment Insurance

Those Enrolling in California Training Programs No Longer Need to Fear Loss Of Unemployment Insurance
Peter Cooper, program coordinator for the California Labor Federation’s Workforce and Economic Development Program, told the California Progress Report that California’s Employment Development Department has successfully implemented changes to the California Training Benefits Program (CTB). Measure AB 2058 was introduced to legislature...
Jul
2011
27

ODD COUPLE: Teamsters 399 Trying to Help Hollywood Composers Unionize To No Avail

ODD COUPLE: Teamsters 399 Trying to Help Hollywood Composers Unionize To No Avail
The Association of Media Composers and Lyricists has spent the past two years working with Teamsters Local 399 trying to organize themselves to create a collective bargaining unit. Sadly, their efforts have been for naught. According to an article in Variety, The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have no plans on...
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Jul
2011
23

The HIT Keeps On Coming: Investment Trust to Create 300 Housing Units, 600 Jobs in SF

The HIT Keeps On Coming: Investment Trust to Create 300 Housing Units, 600 Jobs in SF
The AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust (HIT) is a way affiliated unions put their pension funds to work to create jobs and bolster communities. This week, the program announced a partnership with Emerald Fund, Inc., “one of San Francisco’s premier real estate development companies with expertise in bringing housing to...
Jul
2011
19

CA Co. Wants to Outsource Green Energy Production to Mexico, Squander $550M in Wages

CA Co. Wants to Outsource Green Energy Production to Mexico, Squander $550M in Wages
“There is a tradeoff between building renewable energy in California and building it in Mexico to import into California. In the case of Sempra’s proposed Energia Sierra Juarez transmission line, California and more specifically, Imperial County, loses.” In the 2008 Presidential Campaign, President Obama laid out a plan in which...
Jul
2011
8

FACT: In California, Non-Union Power Plants Spend Local Dollars On Out-Of-State Workers

The video, below, appears on the Industry Today Show website. The clip comes to the defense of Project Labor Agreements and suggests that “in the last 15 years, California’s Building Trades Unions, through their superior training programs and productivity, have built 96% of the Power Plants in the state for satisfied customers.”...
Jun
2011
30

$1.5 Billion L.A. Port PLA Signed

$1.5 Billion L.A. Port PLA Signed
Unemployed Union workers in Southern California have something to celebrate as Los Angeles city officials have announced a Project Labor Agreement that would cover $1.5 billion worth of port projects. The agreement will set wages for workers, reserve jobs for people living in depressed local neighborhoods, and prevent work stoppages. The Los...
Jun
2011
27

Concerns Over Quality Control, Outsourcing Mount as San Fran Bridge Nears Completion

Industry groups in the United States and other countries have raised questions about the safety and quality of Chinese workmanship on such projects. Indeed, China has had quality control problems ranging from tainted milk to poorly built schools. The New York Times ran a weekend article — Bridge Comes to San Francisco With a Made-In-China ...