Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

May
2015
21

For Pete’s Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL’s Sunshine City

For Pete's Sake: Another Pro-Worker Law, This Time for Apprentices, Enacted in FL's Sunshine City
  In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council has approved a mandatory apprenticeship program for public works projects with a price tag of more than $2 million.  The program replaces a voluntary apprenticeship program that had failed.  The council also lowered the threshold to trigger the apprenticeship program. It was previously set at an...
Apr
2015
29

Long Beach Commission Unanimously Authorizes PLAs for Upcoming Harbor Work; Long-Term Deal Considered

Long Beach Commission Unanimously Authorizes PLAs for Upcoming Harbor Work; Long-Term Deal Considered
On Monday Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners voted unanimously to support implementing a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on Phases 2 and 3 of the Middle Harbor project, which will cost roughly $300 million. Long Beach Harbor Commission Board President Doug Drummond proposed the move in the interest of local hiring, and stressed the importance...
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Apr
2015
24

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Crush Training Programs, Bring Foreign, Out-of-State Workers to WI
  The Wisconsin GOP is waiting impatiently to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, meaning workers rights organizations and their affiliates are scrambling to convince the public just how devastating such a change would be. A new study from University of Utah professor Dr. Peter Philips could help, as it provides fresh analysis that...
Apr
2015
10

Long Beach, Long-Term: Epic 5-Year Project Labor Agreement Signed by City with Local Hiring Focus

Long Beach, Long-Term: Epic 5-Year Project Labor Agreement Signed by City with Local Hiring Focus
  In a hugely positive move for workers, the Long Beach City Council has voted unanimously in favor of a five-year Project Labor Agreement (PLA) which will cover an estimated $28 million worth of construction.  The decision followed five months of intense negotiation.  The PLA will cover projects costing $500,000 or more and has a [&hellip...
Apr
2015
3

$3B Sandy Reconstruction Grant Announced; PLA Enables Cost Savings, Apprenticeships for Locals

$3B Sandy Reconstruction Grant Announced; PLA Enables Cost Savings, Apprenticeships for Locals
  New York Senator Charles Schumer and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio have announced that FEMA has awarded a $3 billion grant to protect and rebuild 33 NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  It is the largest FEMA grant in history.  The work will be subject to a Project Labor [&hellip...
Apr
2015
2

NYC Construction Union Diversity Stacks Up to Rest of City, Other Industries

NYC Construction Union Diversity Stacks Up to Rest of City, Other Industries
  Following a blog post on Crain’s New York titled “Blacks missing out on construction jobs,” the city’s unions responded noting that union construction is an exception to this trend.  Among the respondents was Robert Bonanza, business manager of the 17,000-member Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York and Long...
Mar
2015
16

Political Donations Allowing Associated Builders & Contractors to Buy Anti-Worker Bills in FL

Political Donations Allowing Associated Builders & Contractors to Buy Anti-Worker Bills in FL
  Florida unions and the state AFL-CIO are rallying against anti-worker legislation they believe is designed to “elbow them out” of local construction markets.  The bills, which are moving quickly through the legislature, would prohibit Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and local hiring ordinances. They are currently in committee where...
Mar
2015
5

Historic NYC Agreement Will Cover $3.5B of Work, Ensure Apprenticeships for Low-Income Residents

Historic NYC Agreement Will Cover $3.5B of Work, Ensure Apprenticeships for Low-Income Residents
  In New York City, a historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) has been agreed to by the Bill DeBlasio administration and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. It will cover $3.5 billion of work repairing and renovating New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) properties over the next three years.   The [&hellip...
Feb
2015
27

Workers Rally at Nevada Legislature While Prevailing Wage-Limiting Bill is Discussed

Workers Rally at Nevada Legislature While Prevailing Wage-Limiting Bill is Discussed
  A wage attack born in the Nevada Senate brought workers of all types together in protest on Thursday, the Las Vegas Sun reports: Union and nonunion workers overwhelmed hallways and committee rooms. They marched outside, waved banners and filled committee rooms to watch lawmakers vet SB119, one of the most controversial bills in this...
Feb
2015
26

Building Trades Members Turn Out for CT Committee Hearings, Speak Truth to Power

Building Trades Members Turn Out for CT Committee Hearings, Speak Truth to Power
  On Tuesday, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee heard public testimony on over 50 proposed bills.  Almost 300 people showed up at Middletown City Hall, causing police to escort the overflow into hallways to wait.  Increasing the threshold for prevailing wages and imposing new limits on unemployment...
Feb
2015
24

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI
  In Rhode Island, some ranking Democrats are beginning to question why a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) wasn’t used for an Electric Boat project at the former U.S. Navy base at Quonset.  This is being viewed as a squandered opportunity to ensure work on the project was done by Rhode Islanders.  Among the critics is [&hellip...
Feb
2015
24

Ignoring 1000s of Contractors and Workers, IN House Passes Construction Wage Repeal

Ignoring 1000s of Contractors and Workers, IN House Passes Construction Wage Repeal
  After a shotgun hearing moved HB 1019, which would repeal Indiana’s longstanding Common Construction Wage, closer to becoming reality, workers and contractors continued speak out through a contentious week in Indianapolis. But it was of no use. On Monday, the house voted 55-41 to actively lower wages for construction workers in the...