Archive for the ‘INFRASTRUCTURE’ Category

Jul
2011
22

Anti-Union Study Misleads On the Cost of Labor Agreements In Construction

Anti-Union Study Misleads On the Cost of Labor Agreements In Construction
An association of anti-union contractors is set to release a report this morning that attempts to discredit Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) but instead confirms previous research documenting that PLAs do not create additional cost for school construction. The authors, funded by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), do not accurately...
Jul
2011
21

Minnesota Construction Workers Exhale As $531 Million In Infrastructure Investments Pass

Minnesota Construction Workers Exhale As $531 Million In Infrastructure Investments Pass
Construction workers in Minnesota watched Tuesday night’s special session of state government with hopeful hearts as their representatives passed a $531 million bonding bill that would bolster infrastructure investment in the state. It could create 14,000 jobs, but not everyone is pleased: Based on an oft-cited analysis from academic Stephen...
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Jul
2011
20

JOB CREMATION: GOP Attempting to Divert High-Speed Rail Funds to Disaster Relief

JOB CREMATION: GOP Attempting to Divert High-Speed Rail Funds to Disaster Relief
The GOP has decided to go to war with everything Obama, no matter the cost to the nation. A frequently rehashed battle takes place on the tracks of the various high-speed rail (HSR) projects the administration and many Democratic leaders have supported in recent years. By trying to divert the already-pledged HSR funds to Midwestern ...
Jul
2011
18

Illinois Governor Signs Legislation to Create 1,300 Jobs at Coal-to-Natural Gas Plant

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law legislation that will bring a new clean energy coal-to-natural gas conversion plant and 1,300 jobs to the state by 2015. Of those jobs, 200 will be permanent positions at the plant, 165 will be in the mining sector, and close to 1,000 jobs will be created in the ...
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.”...
Jul
2011
7

Obama, Trumka Talk National Infrastructure As MN Shutdown Freezes 100 Construction Projects

Yesterday’s Twitter Town Hall caused much ado online. Millions of Tweeps partook, mocked and ignored the event, in which President Obama fielded questions via Twitter (presumably the most commonly asked questions earned air time) and answered them. Of particular interest to the private sector was Obama’s discussion of infrastructure...
Jun
2011
29

AFL-CIO, Building Trades to Announce Infrastructure Investment, Apprenticeship Boost

AFL-CIO, Building Trades to Announce Infrastructure Investment, Apprenticeship Boost
The New York Times this morning previews an appearance by AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka, at Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative event in Chicago. Trumka, joined by Building and Construction Trades Department President, Mark Ayers, will announce a $10 billion dollar, five-year investment of pension funds in infrastructure projects...
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 ...
Jun
2011
25

Virginia Business Leaders Still Trying to Pull Union Workers off the Dulles Rail Job

This news piece from NBC in Washington, D.C., discusses the extension of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project that has used a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) thus far. Northern Virginia business leaders have been fighting this PLA since the Airport Authority decided to sign it and the battle, as you see in the news report, continues ...
Jun
2011
19

Bill Maher Says 1) We Need Unions 2) We Need Infrastructure 3) Rick Perry’s Cowboy Boots Are “Kind of Gay”

Lookout! Bill Maher’s New Rules segment below has a little bit for every body: a quick Palin/Bachmann quip, musings on John Edwards’ smiling mug shot and a lengthy admonition of Rick Perry’s interest in seceding from the union (“a President of the United States who isn’t sold on the idea of the United States”)...
Jun
2011
15

Solar Industry Burgeoning in the U.S., Gets $2 Billion In Loan Guarantees from DOE

Solar Industry Burgeoning in the U.S., Gets $2 Billion In Loan Guarantees from DOE
The American steel industry has historically been a symbol of the country’s industrial might and economic prosperity. But today, the solar industry has the potential to overtake that image as we build a new, clean-energy economy. Think Progress highlights some new numbers regarding the emergence of the solar industry as a top employer: With...
Jun
2011
15

“We’ve been deferring maintenance of our infrastructure since the Reagan tax cuts.”

“We’ve been deferring maintenance of our infrastructure since the Reagan tax cuts.”
OurFuture author, Dave Johnson, has championed infrastructure investment all year long. In his latest piece, he stresses the necessity of spending on our nation’s roads, bridges et al., not just because of the jobs it will create, but because the physical structures desperately require maintenance. Johnson also blames Reagan for the void:...