infrastructure

STUDY: 63,000 'Structurally Compromised' American Bridges

STUDY: 63,000 'Structurally Compromised' American Bridges
The American Road and Transportation Builders Association reviewed data regarding US infrastructure, and the results do not look good. Over 63,000 bridges are structurally compromised, many on heavily traveled highways. Yet, Congress is looking to make even more cuts.
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Bill Clinton Lights Up Building Trades Conference, Touts Investment and Apprenticeship

Bill Clinton Lights Up Building Trades Conference, Touts Investment and Apprenticeship
Addressing a crowd already energized from powerful speeches by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, surprise speaker Bill Clinton made clear his position on job-creation and economic growth at the Building and Construction Trades Department National Conference on Monday: “Investment, not financial transactions.”
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Sandygate? Christie Not the Only One Taking Heat for Misusing Relief Funds

Sandygate? Christie Not the Only One Taking Heat for Misusing Relief Funds
A legal complaint has been filed in Middlesex County Superior Court against Jamali Developers LLC of Monroe, New Jersey, and its CEO Hussain Burhanpurwala, on behalf of workers who claim they were not correctly paid for their time on a publicly funded post-Sandy recovery project. According to the complaint, filed on behalf of over 75 workers, prevailing wages and overtime were not paid to workers employed by the subcontractor as they helped rebuild the Seaside Heights Boardwalk
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Laborers Furious as PA GOP Attempts to Tie Prevailing Wage Repeal to Infrastructure Spending

Laborers Furious as PA GOP Attempts to Tie Prevailing Wage Repeal to Infrastructure Spending
Pennsylvania’s broken record budget battle — in which the GOP is holding much needed infrastructure spending hostage in exchange for slashing wage protections — has laborers fuming. The State House is 30 votes shy of being able to pass a gas tax hike needed to fund the infrastructure and transportation plan, so Republicans are attaching a prevailing wage repeal to the legislation in order to earn conservative votes.
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A More Civil Union: Big Oil and Labor Learning to Get Along

A More Civil Union: Big Oil and Labor Learning to Get Along
Sitting down to eat barbecue at the Pipefitters Local 211 union hall in Houston, American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard may have looked out of place. However, with as many as 500,000 new jobs to find workers for in the Gulf Coast region (by the year 2020), the expectation that big company management and labor will forever be at odds is getting called into question.
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Surprises Abound in Report on Summer’s US Clean Energy and Transportation Project Bounce

Surprises Abound in Report on Summer’s US Clean Energy and Transportation Project Bounce
Between April and June of this year, five dozen clean energy and transportation projects were announced that will result in 38,000 new U.S. jobs. That figure represents a slight increase from the same period last year when 37,400 jobs were created. These jobs span the industries of energy generation, manufacturing, transmission/smart grid, energy efficiency, and public transportation.
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Lobbyist on New Members of Congress: 'Like Investing in a First Round Draft Pick for the NBA or NFL'

Lobbyist on New Members of Congress: 'Like Investing in a First Round Draft Pick for the NBA or NFL'
Former Rep. Steven LaTourette recently told "National Journal" that he missed "Congress like an abscessed tooth," yet some members are loving their time on the Hill more than Scrooge McDuck enjoys swimming laps in his vault. Welcome to the new same ol' Washington — a lucrative place to (not) do the country's business.
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Michael Winship
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Supporting Middle Eastern Entrepreneurialism Improves Global Security

Supporting Middle Eastern Entrepreneurialism Improves Global Security
As the Arab Spring takes another turn in Egypt, the world watches and wonders what the future may hold. Supporting improved stability of local infrastructures can work to improve the opportunities of Middle Eastern high-tech entrepreneurs. The ability of these entrepreneurs to create career opportunities for the emergent Millenial population in the Middle East directly impacts the stability of infrastructure everywhere.
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Give It Away Now: May Trade Deficit Drained $45 Billion From US Economy

Give It Away Now: May Trade Deficit Drained $45 Billion From US Economy
The trade deficit is a measure of how much money and how many jobs we are transferring in or out of the country. The May trade deficit was just reported, and at 12 percent, the jump was a sharp one. As a result, the U.S. is losing trillions of dollars, millions of jobs, entire industries and, perhaps, our future.
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Steelworkers, Lawmakers Express Outrage Over Chinese Steel Being Used on Verrazano Bridge Renovation

Steelworkers, Lawmakers Express Outrage Over Chinese Steel Being Used on Verrazano Bridge Renovation
New York Metropolitan Transit Authority has decided to outsource the steel fabrication for the $285 million Verrazano-Narrows Bridge renovation. United Steelworkers' VP calls it "a kick in the teeth" while Staten Island lawmakers call it "shocking."
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