Posts Tagged ‘Major Lee Distressed’

Jul
2011
29

The British Are Coming!…And It Didn’t Take Right-to-Work to Get Them Here

The British Are Coming!...And It Didn't Take Right-to-Work to Get Them Here
A fascinating story in support of unionized labor came out of Hazelton, Missouri this week. It is a story that flips the conventional wisdom regarding the need for Right-to-Work laws on its conservative head. On July 27, a two-year-old British automotive start-up, Emerald Automotive, announced that they have selected Hazelton as the site for a ...
Jul
2011
22

Glaziers Local 252 Wins Title in Philly Building Trades Softball Tourney

Glaziers Local 252 Wins Title in Philly Building Trades Softball Tourney
Glaziers Local 252 won the coveted title of champions of the Philadelphia Building Trades Council softball league.  For the first time in league history, a team won the championship after being down 2 games in the best of 5 championship series.  After dropping the first two contests, Local 252 stormed back by ripping off three ...
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Jul
2011
11

“Workers’ offspring are not replacing them in their respective trades due to the poor working environment that they see their parents enduring. In other words, the labor workforce is aging and not being replenished. So, in a few years, there will be a huge labor shortage in the industry.”

Currently the construction industry employs around 7.2 million wage and salary jobs and another 1.8 million self-employed and unpaid family workers. Many of these workers are not legally employed. The Pew Hispanic Center, in its report: A Portrait of Undocumented Immigrants in the United States, found that in 2009, 17% of all construction workers...
Jul
2011
6

PLAs are Good Enough for Disney, Saturn, Gillette, Reebok and Toyota…But Not Virginia?

PLAs are Good Enough for Disney, Saturn, Gillette, Reebok and Toyota...But Not Virginia?
Continuing and unfounded criticism of the Dulles MetroRail extension Project Labor Agreement (PLA) by public officials in Virginia demonstrates an embarrassing lack of knowledge about the project, the U.S. construction industry, and, more importantly, the greater Washington D.C. construction market. When the time arrived for the Metropolitan...
Jul
2011
5

Idaho Judge Blocks Anti-Union Law That Would Prevent Job-Targeting Programs

The wishes of labor supporters in Idaho came true on Friday, with a judge blocking an anti-union bill that would prevent job-targeting programs which “help union contractors submit winning bids on projects” by allowing the unions to put collected dues towards members’ wages. The full ruling is available. The job-targeting attack...
May
2011
27

Ruger Tries to Gun Down Unions, Supports Right-to-Work in New Hampshire

Ruger Tries to Gun Down Unions, Supports Right-to-Work in New Hampshire
Union members will need to think twice the next time they purchase a firearm. Sturm-Ruger & Co. has come out in support of Right-to-Work legislation in New Hampshire according to a Business and Industry Association press release: Many New Hampshire employers support right-to-work legislation. Examples of some who are publicly on record in...
May
2011
17

Construction Union Members Help Disabled, Three-Time Purple Heart Recipient Modify His Home

Construction Union Members Help Disabled, Three-Time Purple Heart Recipient Modify His Home
Serving in Iraq in April of 2006, Chief Jeromye Rogers’ vehicle was hit by an improvised exploding device (IED) while patrolling Fallujah. Rogers suffered a grade three concussion. The next month, Rogers’ vehicle was hit again, by another IED and he sustained another grade three concussion. In June of the same year, Rogers was on ...
Apr
2011
20

$3 Billion PLA Ensures Efficient, Safe Completion of Dulles Airport Metrorail Project

$3 Billion PLA Ensures Efficient, Safe Completion of Dulles Airport Metrorail Project
On April 6, 2011, the Metro Washington, DC Airport Authority (MWAA) board passed a resolution by a vote of 11-2 that would subject an estimated $2.5 to $3.5 billion worth of construction for Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project to be conducted under a Project Labor Agreement. Yesterday, members of the Laborers’ Union ...
Mar
2011
31

CA Building Trades Leader Appointed to HSR Authority as Renewable Energy Bill Passes

CA Building Trades Leader Appointed to HSR Authority as Renewable Energy Bill Passes
Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg announced today that the Senate Rules Committee has appointed SBCTC President Bob Balgenorth to serve as a member of the California High Speed Rail Authority. The Authority is charged with overseeing the planning for the construction of California’s high-speed train network, including evaluating...
Mar
2011
31

Bob Georgine, 1st Constitutional Dept. Head to Serve on the AFL-CIO Executive Council, Passed Away

Robert A. Georgine, retired president of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department and former president, chairman and chief executive of the Union Labor Life Insurance Company (ULLICO), died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland, of complications from a stroke. Georgine, 78, was born in 1932 in...
Mar
2011
25

Massive Cost Savings Result from NYC Project Labor Agreement Spurring New Contracts

March 15 marked the expiration of the New York City “Economic Recovery Project Labor Agreement.” It was adopted by the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and the Building Trades Employers’ Association in 2009 to help deliver cost savings to developers in a recessionary building climate. The plan was...
Mar
2011
25

Alaska’s Prevailing Wage Compromise

Alaska's Prevailing Wage Compromise
A bill that would loosen the requirement for prevailing wages on public construction projects in Alaska has cleared a legislative committee after opposing sides compromised on a threshold at which Davis-Bacon Law standards would apply. The bill (H.B. 155) would require Davis-Bacon prevailing wages to be paid to workers on public projects costing...