Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

Jan
2017
3

Following Deadly Crash, Suit Claims District’s Use of Out-of-Town Bus Contractor Violated Student Rights

Following Deadly Crash, Suit Claims District's Use of Out-of-Town Bus Contractor Violated Student Rights
  Last November, six students died in a tragic school bus accident in Chattanooga, TN. Now, a federal class action lawsuit is being brought against the Hamilton County School District and Durham School Services on behalf of an injured student. The lawsuit accuses the school district of violating students’ constitutional rights by...
Dec
2016
20

WI GOP Introduces Bill Blocking Local Wage, Safety, Hiring Standards in Construction

WI GOP Introduces Bill Blocking Local Wage, Safety, Hiring Standards in Construction
  ff Don’t try to tell us 2016 was the worst of it when Wisconsin workers are staring down the barrel of a loaded legislative gun. State Rep. Rob Hutton has introduced a bill that would block local governments from requiring Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on public construction projects. Instead, Hutton said he would like [&hellip...
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Dec
2016
15

San Jose Building Trades, Citing Successful L.A. Ballot Measure, Pressure City on Developer Tax Breaks

San Jose Building Trades, Citing Successful L.A. Ballot Measure, Pressure City on Developer Tax Breaks
  San Jose wants to give more tax breaks to developers, but trade unions aren’t having it – not without a little something in return, at least. The city is offering half-off discounts on park fees and construction taxes to companies that build residential high-rises before 2020. The city council must decide whether it wants to...
Dec
2016
13

Impact of Oakland Port PLA Felt More Than Ever as Local Hiring Soars to 60%

Impact of Oakland Port PLA Felt More Than Ever as Local Hiring Soars to 60%
  In 2016, Port of Oakland construction projects generated a grand total of $6.5 million in earnings for workers. A whopping 60% of those workers were local, significantly exceeding the Port’s 50% local hiring goal. Workers who live in Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro, and Emeryville were responsible for 37% of the total work hours, a...
Nov
2016
11

Rust Bet: AFL-CIO Part of $2B Investment in Job-Creating Construction Throughout Midwest

Rust Bet: AFL-CIO Part of $2B Investment in Job-Creating Construction Throughout Midwest
  Unions are spearheading a program to rebuild homes and create jobs across the rustbelt. The $2.1 billion effort, largely funded by the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust’s MidWest@Work Investment Strategy, aims to renovate aging neighborhoods and combat disinvestment and unemployment: “The cycle of despair in the urban centers of...
Oct
2016
28

Boston She Party: Percentage of Women Filling Beantown Apprenticeship Positions Outpaces Nation

Boston She Party: Percentage of Women Filling Beantown Apprenticeship Positions Outpaces Nation
  In 1978, President Jimmy Carter set a goal for women to hold 6.9% of work hours in the construction industry by 1982. Fast forward nearly 40 years and we aren’t even close. The national average sits somewhere between two and three percent. But there is cause for optimism, and one bright spot is Boston’s [&hellip...
Oct
2016
28

A Boom for Whom? Building Trades Want Nashville’s Growth to Benefit Workers

A Boom for Whom? Building Trades Want Nashville's Growth to Benefit Workers
  Nashville is booming. Davidson County’s unemployment rate is the second lowest in the state at 3.8%. And the Nashville Business Journal recently found that the city’s wealthiest zip codes have grown wealthier over the past three years. Unfortunately, they also found the poorest have grown poorer during the same stretch....
Oct
2016
27

Bill Cole Becomes Second WV GOP Candidate to Face Allegations of Construction Worker Abuse

Bill Cole Becomes Second WV GOP Candidate to Face Allegations of Construction Worker Abuse
  West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice (D) appears to be in a strong position heading into election day. Polling gives Justice a double-digit lead over his chief rival, state Senate president Bill Cole (R). A Repass Research poll shows Justice running at 44% to Cole’s 33%. The Justice campaign released their own poll...
Oct
2016
20

County Council Members Defend Delayed Responsible Bidder Ordinance in Indiana

County Council Members Defend Delayed Responsible Bidder Ordinance in Indiana
  In Indiana, a St. Joseph County Council committee has been grappling with a bill that would give an advantage to local firms bidding on public works projects. After approving the bill 4-2 along party lines, the committee sent the “Responsible Bidder Ordinance” to the full county council for a vote, only to have the [&hellip...
Oct
2016
20

Oakland City Council to Vote on African-American, Female Hiring Mandates on City- Funded Projects

Oakland City Council to Vote on African-American, Female Hiring Mandates on City- Funded Projects
  UPDATE: The resolution has been voted on, but results have been difficult to come by. We will update this post when more information is available. The Oakland City Council is voting on a resolution that would guarantee jobs to African-American and female workers on all city-funded construction projects. Both demographics have typically...
Oct
2016
14

PLA Enables 20% Minority, 25% Female Hiring Goals on $300M Oregon Court House Job

PLA Enables 20% Minority, 25% Female Hiring Goals on $300M Oregon Court House Job
  Earlier this month in Multnomah County, Oregon, construction workers broke ground on a $300 million court house. The project is expected to be completed in 2020 and employ more than 500 building trades workers. Thanks to a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) negotiated by the Columbia-Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council (CPBCTC),...
Oct
2016
11

San Jose Construction Workers Protest Use of Outside Labor: “It’s Pure and Simple Greed”

San Jose Construction Workers Protest Use of Outside Labor:
  Construction workers took to the streets of San Jose late last month to voice their displeasure with Cupertino-based developer KT Urban. Their complaints do not begin and end with KT, however. Union members are frustrated with a growing shift in Silicon Valley toward hiring non-union workers on development projects: Workers say it’s part...