Posts Tagged ‘Steve Cooper’

May
2011
23

Boston Inks PLA to Improve Energy Performance of 4,300 Apartments, Save Taxpayers $56M

Boston Inks PLA to Improve Energy Performance of 4,300 Apartments, Save Taxpayers $56M
Only one word can describe the Project Labor Agreement reached between Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, Boston Housing Authority (BHA) Administrator Bill McGonagle, Ameresco President and CEO George Sakellaris, and Boston Building Trades Council President Martin Walsh:...
May
2011
23

“The fragility of change management can also be shattered by the ever-present loud and insistent voices who will shout down change, innovation or even discourse.”

“The fragility of change management can also be shattered by the ever-present loud and insistent voices who will shout down change, innovation or even discourse.”
Mark Breslin penned a broad call to action, “Promote Change, Get Your Ass Kicked, and Like It”, for his blog. He demands that the construction industry, labor included, face the fact that change is needed and it is needed bad: From a business standpoint, let’s try something more specific: * Union construction has lost 70%...
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May
2011
23

Tennessee Project Labor Agreement Ban Sits on Governor’s Desk, Could Take Effect July 1st

HB 1498, approved by the Tennessee state Legislature on May 4th, would prohibit Project Labor Agreements if any portion of a construction project is supported by state funds. After passing the House of Representatives on April 14 by a vote of 67-24, it was approved by the Senate on May 4 by a vote of [&hellip...;
May
2011
22

Prevailing Wage Protected In Irvine

Building Trades News reports that “The City of Irvine has adopted prevailing wage as its official policy, making it possible for union workers to construct millions of dollars in projects during fiscal 2011-2012.” The enforcement of the prevailing wage, which passed by a 3-2 vote, means that contractors who prefer union labor can now...
May
2011
22

With Voter Suppression, the Right Wing Rolls Out a Dubious, Nationwide Attack on Americans

With Voter Suppression, the Right Wing Rolls Out a Dubious, Nationwide Attack on Americans
If you tune in to politics, you likely felt the Internet reverberations of this week’s Voter ID Bill, commonly referred to as Voter Suppression, passing through the Wisconsin Legislature. After being delayed thanks to Senate Democrats debating the bill and offering what would become ungranted amendments, the bill passed along party lines....
May
2011
21

Did Union Backing Enable Strauss-Kahn’s Victim to Come Forward?

Did Union Backing Enable Strauss-Kahn’s Victim to Come Forward?
There’s a reason most rapes go unreported. But there was one thing that housekeeper knew could not be done to her for reporting her account, observes a colleague in the labor movement: she could not be fired for having done so, because of the contract between her union, the New York Hotel Trades Council, and [&hellip...;
May
2011
20

With Tennessee Plant Closing Still On Course, Wicked Outsourcer Philips Closes New Jersey Plant, Too.

In “Philips’ Playbook for U.S. Plants: First Acquire, Then Close”, the Electrical Worker writes: The doors were shuttered at the Stonco Lighting factory in Union, N.J., May 6 as the plant’s parent corporation, Netherlands-based Philips Electronics, moved ahead with plans to outsource the work to its operations in Mexico,...
May
2011
20

MA AFL-CIO Scholarship Awards Eclipse $10 Million Mark, 700 Students Become Union-Sponsored

From the Boston Herald: Nearly 700 union-sponsored scholarships totaling close to $1 million were bestowed to graduating high school seniors this year to further their education without economic worry. The recipients and their families were honored last night at the Massachusetts AFL-CIO’s 53rd annual Scholarship Banquet in Dorchester....
May
2011
20

Local 40′s Special Relationship With the Towers

Local 40′s Special Relationship With the Towers
This year will mark ten years since the Twin Towers tragedy in New York City. When it took place, members of Ironworkers Local 40 were part of the cleanup process while millions were still mourning. In 2007, as part of a student film series hosted by Spike Lee at New York University, several short films [&hellip...;