Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

Sep
2016
20

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California

Project Labor Agreements Have Big Week in Wisconsin, California
  While a federal appeals court continues to meddle in New Jersey’s project labor agreement affairs, the worker-supportive deals a scoring victories elsewhere in the country. In Wisconsin, building trades unions reached agreements on two projects related to the Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena. Agreements were reached with J.P. Cullen...
Sep
2016
13

Santa Monica Approves 30% Local Hiring Mandate, Targets 10% Figure for Disadvantaged Workers

Santa Monica Approves 30% Local Hiring Mandate, Targets 10% Figure for Disadvantaged Workers
  Last week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion requiring contractors to hire more local workers on county construction projects. The new policy stipulates that 30% of all workers on county-controlled projects be local residents, with 10% being “targeted workers” who face high barriers to employment: The...
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Sep
2016
9

Austin Approves New Standards: Living Wage, OSHA Training, Worker’s Comp, Local Hire

Austin Approves New Standards: Living Wage, OSHA Training, Worker's Comp, Local Hire
  The Austin City Council has approved a resolution that will require worker protection standards for all construction workers on non-residential commercial projects. The resolution is part of a voluntary expedited permitting process designed to help cut down on long and costly wait times. Austin has struggled to keep up with the rate of its...
Sep
2016
7

Under Armour CEO Still Defiant; Baltimore Labor, Church Groups Stand Up for Workers, Housing

Under Armour CEO Still Defiant; Baltimore Labor, Church Groups Stand Up for Workers, Housing
  Two weeks ago, the Sagamore Development Company began negotiating with three coalition groups over $660 million in public financing for a project in Port Covington, Baltimore. Build Up Baltimore, PORT3, and Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) represent well over 100 labor, housing advocacy, consumer rights, anti-racism,...
Sep
2016
1

Union Outreach Program Landing 100s of Inner-City NJ Workers in Construction…Without Gov’t Funding

Union Outreach Program Landing 100s of Inner-City NJ Workers in Construction...Without Gov't Funding
  Earlier this week, the Jersey Journal published an opinion piece about an effective outreach program called Project IMPACT. Based in Hudson County, the organization focuses on preparing inner-city workers for jobs in the construction trades. It highlights just how much Project IMPACT has accomplished in a short period with limited funding:...
Aug
2016
31

Walking on Walker: 11,000 WI Jobs Outsourced Since Formation of Gov’s “Oversight” Agency

Walking on Walker: 11,000 WI Jobs Outsourced Since Formation of Gov's
  No one has ever accused Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) of caring too much about Wisconsin workers. Turns out he doesn’t care all that much about safeguards against corporate outsourcing, either. Under his administration, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporations (WEDC) has dealt with some troublesome outsourcing scandals....
Aug
2016
30

Financial Docs: WV GOP Senate Candidate’s Construction Co. Built School With Cheap Foreign Labor

Financial Docs: WV GOP Senate Candidate's Construction Co. Built School With Cheap Foreign Labor
  In West Virginia, Republican state Senate hopeful Chandler Swope has come under fire because his construction company hired immigrant labor to build a school in Wayne County. Swope denied involvement in the project, claiming he retired from the company four years ago and therefore has no say in day-to-day operations. Swope...
Aug
2016
26

Ohio Building Trades Partner With Lucas County to Attract Private Dollars, High-Paying Jobs

Ohio Building Trades Partner With Lucas County to Attract Private Dollars, High-Paying Jobs
  Public and private entities in Northwest Ohio have joined forces to form a job-creating investment fund called “Lucas County Builds.” The fund is the result of a partnership between the Lucas County Commissioners, the Northwest Ohio Building Trades, the Carpenter’s Council, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, and the...
Aug
2016
23

Workers Defense Project Continues to Lift Austin Up; Better Builder Standards Could Go Citywide

Workers Defense Project Continues to Lift Austin Up; Better Builder Standards Could Go Citywide
  Austin, Texas is growing rapidly. So rapidly, in fact, that there are concerns about the city’s ability to manage the effects unchecked growth. One specific area of worry is the permitting process, where significant delays are taking a financial toll on project owners. That is why the City of Austin is currently considering a...
Aug
2016
12

First Rochester Kills School Modernization PLA, Then They Remove Its Chief Supporter from Power

First Rochester Kills School Modernization PLA, Then They Remove Its Chief Supporter from Power
  Rochester, NY is spending $1.3 billion to modernize its schools, making it the largest public works project in the city’s history. But in a split decision one-eighty last week, the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board voted 4-3 to reject a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the second phase of the project. The PLA would [&hellip...
Aug
2016
8

Protect Which House? Under Armour Pushing Anti-Wage, Anti-Worker Agenda on Baltimore Project

Protect Which House? Under Armour Pushing Anti-Wage, Anti-Worker Agenda on Baltimore Project
  Sagamore Development, a company owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, is asking the city of Baltimore for $660 million in bonds for a massive development in Port Covington. But City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young has indicated that he wants the developers to reach an agreement with local labor unions before...
Jul
2016
29

With Construction Workforce Set to Double, Napa County Pursues PLAs, Local Hiring

With Construction Workforce Set to Double, Napa County Pursues PLAs, Local Hiring
  The NAPA County Board of Supervisors is looking to implement a local hiring policy for large construction projects. Beginning with work on a low-risk prison facility, the policy aims to set guidelines for all future projects and will include a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to ensure quality and hiring standards: Napa County wants to see...