When former Harrisburg, Pa., Mayor Stephen Reed (D) and his aides set out to retrofit the city’s aging incinerator in late 2000, the project spun out of control over the coming years, enlarging the debt the city owed on the facility to $300 million and sinking Harrisburg into financial ruin.
The annual apprentice competition held by the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the U.S. and Canada—known as the UA—displays the skills of the newest generation of union members while helping the union leadership to gauge the new plumbers’ prowess.
Weeks after the Texas Dept. of Transportation defaulted a big Mexico-based contractor on at least five road projects, little is known about what happened or why.The projects, in Houston, Beaumont and El Paso, all are backed by surety guarantees. Zurich North America provided Tradeco Infrasestructura surety bonds for at least one of the projects, according to a TexDOT district engineer involved with one of the defaults.Public works agencies generally declare contractors in default for failing to make adequate progress in their work or for failing to pay subcontractors.Neither Tradeco officials nor Zurich officials could be reached for comment.On one project
Courtest NECA/IBEW Training for communication tower rescues that require specialized skills. PBS/Propublica Coverage of the tower accidents was featured in a Public Broadcasting Service-Propublica investigation. Responding to a troubling resurgence in communications tower accidents, union electrical contractors and workers this spring made communications tower safety and rescues a focus at a second Midwest location, a training center in St. Louis.The center is jointly operated by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1, and the St. Louis chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association. IBEW and NECA had already trained 75 journey workers in cell tower safety at a training