Posts Tagged ‘Steve Cooper’

Jan
2013
15

Michigan Looking to Add “F*ck the Worker Specialists” to the State Payroll

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appears to be taking biased action to protect his newly-signed “Right-to-Work” law by adding new levels of bureaucracy to the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department. The Governor has created two new positions boasting job descriptions that aim to justify and prove the value of “Right-to-Work”...
Jan
2013
11

Chris Christie Wears New Jersey Building Trades Pin on Time Magazine Cover, Today Show

Chris Christie Wears New Jersey Building Trades Pin on Time Magazine Cover, Today Show
Now that the November election is behind us we can finally collectively focus on the most pressing legislative issue of the coming four years… WHO WILL BE PRESIDENT NEXT?! And anybody who is anybody (on Twitter) knows the “2016” conversation can’t be had without mentioning New Jersey Governor Chris Christie....
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Jan
2013
10

Prevailing Wage Mandate for Jefferson County, OH Road Construction Is Latest Positive Effect of the Shale Boom

In Stubenville, Ohio a road maintenance agreement has been signed between Enterprise Liquids Pipeline and Jefferson County that will mandate prevailing wages on all road work stemming from construction of a liquid ethane pipeline. This pipeline will bring natural gas produced in Pennsylvania and Ohio to Texas for refinement. Liquid ethane is being...
Jan
2013
3

Did Anyone Else Get an Unwanted Christmas Card from Scott Walker?

Did Anyone Else Get an Unwanted Christmas Card from Scott Walker?
Needless to say when I arrived back to my humble abode after holiday traveling the first thing I wanted to see was NOT Scott Walker’s smug mug. Alas, that is what I was greeted with when I checked the mail on the way into my apartment building. It’s odd that I would receive this piece [&hellip...;
Jan
2013
2

Want to Know Which GOP Lawmakers Tried to Destroy Construction Wages Over Christmas?

Want to Know Which GOP Lawmakers Tried to Destroy Construction Wages Over Christmas?
While the bulk of us were soaking up the family vibes and licking our anti-worker wounds from a hard-fought 2012 go of it, a select group of lawmakers were doubling down on efforts to undermine the middle class. Did I say select group? I meant Republicans. See, on December 28th, the Senate — led by [&hellip...;
Dec
2012
19

Are There Really Productivity Gains with Driverless Trucks? Or Just Fewer Jobs?

Are There Really Productivity Gains with Driverless Trucks?  Or Just Fewer Jobs?
In Australia, truck drivers who take loads to and from remote mining areas are being replaced by high-tech driverless trucks, a trend that mixed with other technologies could spell the end of the trucking industry. Advancing technology is great, but as Tim Worstall points out in his piece on Forbes.com this is a dangerous development [&hellip...;
Dec
2012
19

Awesome Anti-ALEC Cartoon Featuring a Very Average East Coast Accent

Awesome Anti-ALEC Cartoon Featuring a Very Average East Coast Accent
I hadn’t seen this anti-ALEC cartoon until this morning. It’s quite good in terms of explaining the treachery that is the American Legislative Exchange Council (notice the cartoon dollar bill’s suspicious pause when calling the organization a “charity”) and at providing a touch of comedy on an otherwise dark, dark...
Dec
2012
17

Sean Hannity: Construction Worker, Union Member, Sack of Sh*t.

Sean Hannity: Construction Worker, Union Member, Sack of Sh*t.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Fox News slander-monger Sean Hannity was working hard last week to demean union protesters in Michigan. What should come as a surprise, however, is that Hannity has both a background as a construction worker and is a loyal member of the AFL-CIO. Yes, Sean Hannity has [&hellip...;
Dec
2012
14

$1B (yes, B!) Post-Sandy Pension Investment by AFT Bolsters AFL-CIO’s Budding Legacy of Community-Building Construction Efforts

Yesterday, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) announced an incredible $1 billion contribution by the American Federation of Teachers’ NYC Teachers Retirement System to help victims of Hurricane sandy. The infrastructure-centric investment, announced via a press release which appears in its entirety below, is the latest in a string of...
Dec
2012
13

STUNNING: By April, 75% of Unemployed People May be Without Unemployment Benefits

STUNNING: By April, 75% of Unemployed People May be Without Unemployment Benefits
The Washington Post published their “graph of the day” on Tuesday, and it wasn’t pretty (see above). It was created by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) as part of a paper urging lawmakers not to “push jobless Americans off the cliff.” Via WaPo: About 3 million jobless workers will still receive benefits...
Dec
2012
13

“Union dues isn’t even the right term here. In Michigan, for instance, you can work in a union shop without joining the union and paying full union dues. The costs of the union’s political activities, its membership events, and more are removed from your dues. You pay a lower fee, because you’re just paying, at least in theory, the cost of the union’s representation activities.”

Just wanted to clear that up. Thanks, Ezra...
Dec
2012
13

WHILE YOU WERE PROTESTING: Michigan House Re-Passes the Emergency Financial Manager Law Voters Repealed at the Ballot a Month Ago

This is just beyond the pale. While the state of Michigan spent the week rallying against the anti-democratic passage of a wage-crushing “Right-to-Work” law, another piece of legislation that Michigan voters successfully repealed at the ballot box this November — the unpopular Emergency Financial Manager Law — was sent on...