United Steelworkers International http://wesa.fm en BlueGreen Alliance Holds Energy Roundtable http://wesa.fm/post/bluegreen-alliance-holds-energy-roundtable <p>Steel workers and green industry representatives met today to discuss the future of sustainable resources in the United States.</p><p>The panel discussed ways of getting a younger generation of energy leaders and producers, as well as the federal government, more committed to developing a clean economy.</p><p>Some believe dependable Production Tax Credits (PTC) could be the answer.</p><p>Companies that produce wind, geothermal and other types of renewable energy are eligible for a PTC, which provides a 2.2-cent per kilowatt-hour benefit for the first ten years of operation.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:48:55 +0000 Michael Lynch 18372 at http://wesa.fm Adjuncts: Wage & Benefit Disparities In Higher Education http://wesa.fm/post/adjuncts-wage-benefit-disparities-higher-education <p>The story of <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/perspectives/death-of-an-adjunct-703773/">Margaret Mary Vojtko</a>, an adjunct professor at Duquesne University has gone <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/adjunct-obituary-duquesne_n_3956003.html">viral </a>and it’s sparked a <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/education/duquesne-disputes-claims-over-death-of-adjunct-professor-704143/">debate </a>about fair compensation for adjuncts.</p><p>Dan Kovalick, senior associate general counsel of the United Steelworkers (the union currently seeking to organize adjunct instructors at Duquesne) who wrote the op-ed piece believes that the adjuncts should have an increase in pay and should be entitled to benefits. Kovalick argues that, with heads of Universities making six-figure salaries and in some cases millions of dollars, teachers should be able to get an increase in compensation.</p><p>He also points out that parents of students, are spending tens of thousands of dollars on their child’s tuition and seeing that their child’s teachers are not making a livable wage. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:45:44 +0000 Nick Frost 17154 at http://wesa.fm Adjuncts: Wage & Benefit Disparities In Higher Education Pittsburgh's Labor Day Parade Focuses on UPMC, Governor's Race http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-labor-day-parade-focuses-upmc-governors-race <p>Thousands of marchers took to the streets for the annual Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh Monday. This year an estimated 85,000 participants in 191 groups were expected to down Grant Street and onto Boulevard of the Allies.</p><p>Local politicians and community leaders participated in the parade, including U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Jack Shea, president of the Allegheny County Labor Council, and Bishop David Zubik of the Pittsburgh Diocese.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 18:39:24 +0000 Tim Camerato 15851 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Labor Day Parade Focuses on UPMC, Governor's Race Unions Call For Local Jobs to be Part of Green Energy Future http://wesa.fm/post/unions-call-local-jobs-be-part-green-energy-future <p>The theme of taking action today to combat climate change tomorrow ran rampant through Tuesday’s BlueGreen Alliance roundtable on president Obama’s recently released climate change plan.&nbsp;</p><p>While the event spent very little time talking about the specifics of the president’s plan, it did offer several opinions on making sure climate control efforts also benefit the local economy.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:22:55 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 12815 at http://wesa.fm