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07/09/2012

Construction Job Recovery? LIUNA Members join President Obama on Highway Bill.

 
With 1110,000 jobs added in June, the construction industry may be seeing a glimmer of recovery.

Following up a Bureau of Labor Statistics employment report which highlighted the addition of 111,000 construction jobs in June, LIUNA (Laborers' International Union of North America) joined President Obama on Friday at the signing ceremony for a new jobs-creating Highway Bill.

"While the economy overall continues to struggle as today's jobs report shows, investment in the basics of our country – including through the Highway Bill – offers both the hope for robust recovery and for investment that will increase our nation's competitiveness and leave behind real assets for taxpayers and future generations," LIUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan says.

The nation's construction industry added 111,000 badly-needed jobs last month, with the percent of construction workers trying to find work falling to 12.8%, according to the latest report from BLS. During the recession, approximately 2 million construction jobs were lost.

"The Highway Bill is progress and a lifeline for construction workers, but it only gets us to the 10- or 20-yard line," O'Sullivan says. "It's time for a national conversation on how to get in the end-zone – to build an America that once again has transportation systems that are the envy of the world."

The $105 billion, 27-month Highway Bill will provide investment for roads, bridges and transit systems. O'Sullivan says, "It will be a fire-wall against further decay of our transportation infrastructure – as well as create or support at least 2 million jobs. But the problem is bigger. We need a long-term vision to plan for a generation, not just for a few years. For example, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the average bridge is 43 years old, dangerously close to the average lifespan of 50 years."

 

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04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
03/05/2014
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency?
03/04/2014
NASCAR revealed five newly installed charging stations for employee use.
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