Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

Apr
2016
29

LiUNA, IBEW, UA Partner With Chicago High School for Inner-City Construction Trades Program

LiUNA, IBEW, UA Partner With Chicago High School for Inner-City Construction Trades Program
  Local Chicago labor leaders and politicians announced that Dunbar High School in the city’s crime-ridden Bronzeville neighborhood would return to its pre-World War II roots and house a construction trades program.  The school has a student body of 658, 97 percent of which is African-American.  By creating the program at this specific...
Apr
2016
21

After Navy Saves $250M, WA Rep. Makes Strong Case for Expanded National Use of PLAs

After Navy Saves $250M, WA Rep. Makes Strong Case for Expanded National Use of PLAs
  U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) recently joined U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez, and the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Celia Munoz, to discuss the benefits of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and how they helped the Navy save $267 million on a recent construction project at the Kitsap-Bangor base.  Joining...
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Apr
2016
11

String of PLAs Will Ensure Good-Paying Jobs for High-Skill Workers on Years’ Worth of Projects in SF

String of PLAs Will Ensure Good-Paying Jobs for High-Skill Workers on Years' Worth of Projects in SF
  The members of the unions that make up the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council will see steady work for years to come thanks to a series of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) with developer Forest City and the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART).  The BCTC is also close to finalizing a PLA [&hellip...
Apr
2016
8

Nashville Local Hiring Law Bites Dust as State GOPs Preempt Progressive Policy from On High

Nashville Local Hiring Law Bites Dust as State GOPs Preempt Progressive Policy from On High
  In a recent deep-dive for In These Times, writer Spencer Woodman looked at how conservative state legislatures are going against the will of their constituents by crafting preemption laws in response to any progressive policy initiatives.  Using the example of the Tennessee legislature stopping a widely supported ballot initiative in...
Apr
2016
1

Thanks to Project Labor Agreement, Minority Hiring Goals are Surpassed on UMass Project

Thanks to Project Labor Agreement, Minority Hiring Goals are Surpassed on UMass Project
  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the University of Massachusetts-Boston and the local Building Trades is exceeding diversity hiring goals and providing opportunities to local workers.  The college entered into the PLA during the planning stages of its campus revitalization project.  Built into the agreement were diversity standards...
Mar
2016
14

Delaware Bill Would Set New Standards for Veteran, Local Hiring on State-Funded Projects

Delaware Bill Would Set New Standards for Veteran, Local Hiring on State-Funded Projects
  A proposed bill in the Delaware legislature would require the hiring of local workers and veterans on state construction projects.  The Veteran, Skilled Workers, and Community Workforce Act would set two new requirements on public works projects: that 30 percent of the workforce must come from the district in which the project is located;...
Mar
2016
2

Put Them To the Tes: Union Workers Walk off High-end Nevada Carmaker Job Site Citing Local Hire

Put Them To the Tes: Union Workers Walk off High-end Nevada Carmaker Job Site Citing Local Hire
  Nearly 350 construction workers walked off the job at Tesla’s battery manufacturing plant in northern Nevada on Monday.  More than 100 picketed outside the main gate of the construction site, protesting what they see as the unfair labor practice of bringing out-of-state construction to the factory to be paid less than their Nevada...
Feb
2016
19

HIT Will Build Its 1,000th Housing Unit in St. Paul Following $27 Million Union Pension Investment

HIT Will Build Its 1,000th Housing Unit in St. Paul Following $27 Million Union Pension Investment
  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced a $27.7 million investment in a St. Paul, Minnesota development called 333 on the Park. The project will transform an aging eight-story office building into 134 market rate units.  The investment will create 190 union construction jobs as well as 435 total jobs among various business...
Feb
2016
11

STUDY: Economy Would Lose $65,000,000,000 if Prevailing Wage Was Repealed Nationally

STUDY: Economy Would Lose $65,000,000,000 if Prevailing Wage Was Repealed Nationally
  Researchers from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, Colorado State University-Pueblo, and Smart Cities Prevail have completed what might be the most comprehensive study of the economic, social, and project cost impacts related to state prevailing wage laws.  According to the study, if the 25 states with strong-to-average prevailing...
Jan
2016
19

New Philly Mayor Sets Goal of 45% Minority Workforce Participation on City-funded Projects

New Philly Mayor Sets Goal of 45% Minority Workforce Participation on City-funded Projects
  Last week during a WURD 900 radio interview with Solomon Jones, newly elected Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he hopes to set a goal of 45 percent minority workforce participation on city-funded construction projects.  Kenney stopped short of setting a timeline for the goal.  Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data show the construction...
Dec
2015
22

Shaquille O’Neal Promoting Newark Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Bolster Building Trades

Shaquille O'Neal Promoting Newark Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Bolster Building Trades
  Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, together with the city of Newark, NJ, has launched a work program which will help city residents secure apprenticeships in local labor unions.  Known as Project IMPACT, the program facilitates GEDs, prepares students for aptitude tests, and develops basic construction skills.  It will target women,...
Dec
2015
18

Use Local Workers When You Use Local Money. What’s So Hard About That? (Iowa Edition)

Use Local Workers When You Use Local Money. What's So Hard About That? (Iowa Edition)
  Unions in the Quad Cities region of Iowa are concerned that most of the construction jobs created by a new $203 million Kraft-Heinz plant in Davenport will go to out-of-state workers and contractors.  So union leaders are calling on Governor Terry Branstad and local lawmakers to increase the number of regional workers on projects [&hellip...