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Wolverine Partners with Mike Rowe on New Boot Supporting American Workers

first_img Wolverine Ramparts Boot Collection Provides Support On and Off the Job Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races As a native-born Michigander, nothing makes me prouder of my home state than its instinctive knack for bringing nature and industry together. Perhaps no Michigan-born brand represents this dyad better than Wolverine. (There’s a reason we’re known as the Wolverine State.)Wolverine has not only been building boots since the late 1800s but has remained steadfastly loyal to its Michigan roots. The company still crafts its iconic footwear out of headquarters in Rockford, Michigan, sustaining a unique connection to the people and the place that made the company who it is. The boots are more than just a beautifully made example of heritage foot fashion — they’re the real deal, every pair combining comfort, durability, function, and style. Even today, 135 years after the company was founded, Wolverine makes boots according to its original construction methods and archival patterns.1000 Mile Boot. Wolverine Boots & Apparel/FacebookThe 1000-Mile Boot is the calling card of Wolverine, manufactured since 1914. Crafted from horsehide treated with an innovative tanning process that made it uniquely soft and pliable, it offered exceptional durability and long-term value to the wearer.Founder G.A. Krause was not only a consummate craftsman but also a workingman’s advocate. He created one of the nation’s first profit-sharing plans, selling shares of his highly successful company to his employees. His product and his vision were always designed for men and women who understand the meaning and value of a hard day’s work.For the company today, this is more than just a branding concept. For the past three years, Wolverine has put extra muscle into supporting the skilled workers of America through Project Bootstrap, an initiative that outfits trade school students around the country with a pair of tough-as-nails Wolverine boots that can carry them throughout their career.center_img This Labor Day, Wolverine takes the project one step further with the launch of a new partnership. Dirty Jobs host (and longtime Wolverine fan) Mike Rowe has created a limited-edition version of the 1000 Mile Boot that pays homage to the masons, carpenters, construction workers, and other skilled workers who serve as the backbone of American industry. Recreated from the original 1000 Mile, the mikeroweWORKS edition will feature red, white, and blue stitching and a mikeroweWORKS-embossed leather hashtag. One-hundred percent of all sales will be donated to benefit the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a non-profit helps train people for skilled jobs and has provided over $3 million in scholarships for trade schools.At a time when 82 percent of construction firms project increasingly difficulty in recruiting and hiring qualified workers, it’s more important than ever for successful individuals and companies to invest in the future of America by supporting the training of skilled workers.The limited edition mikeroweWORKS 1000 Mile Boot will be available for purchase online via Wolverine one week leading up to Labor Day: Tuesday, August 28 through Tuesday, September 4. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States last_img read more

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Two thousand Keystone backers wonder where Obama got his low jobcreation numbers

Rather than relying on the State Department findings, Obama appears to be basing his estimate on an anti-pipeline study by the Cornell University Global Labor Institute.The Cornell study says each segment of the pipeline requires 500 workers. Given the southern leg of Keystone XL is near completion, 10 segments of the pipeline remain — translating into 5,000 jobs over two years, or 2,500 jobs a year.Adding to the confusion, however, was TransCanada itself, which said on Sunday that 20,000 jobs would be created over two years — 22,100 fewer jobs than the State Department says would result, but 15,000 more than forecast by the Cornell study.On Tuesday, TransCanada’s Shawn Howard explained the 22,100-job gulf between the State Department and TransCanada. The State Department report, he said, is including another 22,100 “indirect” and spinoff jobs related to the construction of Keystone XL, including employment in professional services, lodging and food services.“We speak to what we know — and that’s consistently been the 20,000 direct construction and manufacturing jobs,” Howard said. “We did not include additional indirect or induced jobs in that number ….. We report and account for jobs in exactly the same fashion as the U.S. Department of Labor does.”Keystone XL job claims have long been a source of conflict — and, at times, wild exaggeration, in the United States. The American Petroleum Institute once claimed 500,000 jobs would be created by Keystone XL, and during the 2012 Republican presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry pegged the number of potential of jobs at “100,000 to one million.”Congressional Republicans haven’t gone that far, but they’re expressing dismay this week about the president’s insistence the pipeline would create minimal American jobs.A president disparaging private-sector jobs … is beyond belief“A president disparaging private-sector jobs … is beyond belief,” Fred Upton, the chairman of the House of Representatives’ energy and commerce committee, told Fox News.“In this economy, any source of private job creation should be welcomed with open arms. After nearly five years a there is no reason to delay these jobs another day. Republicans, Democrats, leading unions, and job creators all agree, it’s time to start building.”The Republican National Committee has also taken aim at the president for his insistence that there’s no evidence Keystone XL would be a “big jobs generator.”“President Obama joked about the potential job-creating power of the Keystone XL pipeline. With our economy lagging, the president should be jumping at any opportunity to create jobs instead of bending to the will of special (interests) at the expense of out of work Americans,” the committee said in a statement.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce weighed in as well, calling Obama’s remarks unsurprising.“The president has had ample opportunity to approve this, and he has repeatedly found ways not to,” said Matt Letourneau, spokesman for the chamber.Sen. John McCain disputed the president’s numbers, asserting at a luncheon in D.C. on Monday that the pipeline would create thousands of jobs while chastising Obama for looking down his nose at any job creation potential.“It is wrong of him to say that it really wouldn’t mean many jobs when we’ve got 7.6% unemployment across this country,” the Arizona lawmaker said. “It seems to me that every new job would be important when we have unemployment that high.”Nebraska congressman Lee Terry said the president now has “zero credibility when he speaks about infrastructure projects creating jobs.”And Paul Ryan, chairman of the House budget committee, has suggested the pipeline may be part of upcoming budget negotiations that are already threatening to become toxic. Some congressional Republicans are vowing to shut down the federal government if the president’s sweeping health-care reform law isn’t defunded.The House of Representatives has already passed a bill that would remove the pipeline decision from Obama’s control. A similar measure is pending in the Democratic-controlled Senate, but isn’t expected to pass.It’s the second time in as many months that the president has spoken publicly about Keystone. In his highly anticipated national climate change speech last month, Obama said pipeline shouldn’t be approved if it leads to a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions.In his Times interview, Obama also said Canada may have to reduce the carbon footprint of Alberta’s oil sands in order for the pipeline to win approval. Keystone XL would carry millions of barrels of oil sands bitumen a week through six U.S. states to Gulf Coast refineries.“I’m going to evaluate this based on whether or not this is going to significantly contribute to carbon in our atmosphere,” he said. “And there is no doubt that Canada at the source in those tarsands could potentially be doing more to mitigate carbon release.” WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama’s latest public comments on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline have highlighted the wildly divergent job estimates associated with the project while raising concerns among American proponents that he’s poised to reject it.[np_storybar title=”Do we really need Keystone?” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/07/29/do-we-really-need-keystone-as-obama-dithers-canada-moves-on-other-options/?__lsa=7e4c-cc99″%5DSo many new pipeline options have emerged that Keystone XL’s relevance is diminishing as each one gains momentum. Sure, it will be hard to fill Keystone XL’s void and promise over the short term — perhaps a couple of years around 2016 and 2017 until new pipeline options are up and running. But over the long-term, Canada is better off fast-tracking oil market diversification to global markets that are not beholden to U.S. anti-oil interests and that remain very motivated to buy Canadian supplies. Keep reading . . . [/np_storybar]The White House hasn’t responded to queries about where the president got his paltry estimate of 2,000 potential jobs during a recent interview with the New York Times. A spokesman said simply that Obama’s remarks prove he is trying to “drain the politics” from the Keystone XL debate.Obama told the Times in an interview published Sunday that Keystone XL “might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline — which might take a year or two.”He added with a chuckle: “And then after that we’re talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 jobs in a economy of 150 million working people.”That’s in direct opposition to his own administration’s draft report on the project.The analysis released earlier this year by the U.S. State Department found that the pipeline would support 42,100 jobs during the one- to two-year construction period, with total wages of about US$2-billion, although only 35 permanent and temporary jobs will remain once Keystone XL is fully operational.Gary Doer, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, also pointed to the State Department numbers when publicly taking issue this week with Obama’s job estimate.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson read more

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