Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

Jul
2015
30

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages: “Getting rid of them makes no sense.”

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages:
  With prevailing wage repeal still a hot-button topic in Michigan, some political leaders are taking their message to the masses in hopes of keeping the law on the books.  Since taking control of the Senate, Republicans have made prevailing wage repeal a top priority, spearheaded by Arlan Meekhof and against GOP governor Rick Snyder’s...
Jul
2015
28

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain’t Having It

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain't Having It
  Last week, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article by conservative columnist Steven Greenhut that uses questionable numbers and biased sources to argue that Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) would dramatically raise the cost of school construction in the state of California.  The article blasts both PLAs and legislation that is...
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Jul
2015
9

A Second Chance at Sellwood: Apprenticeship Offers Promise in Portland

A Second Chance at Sellwood: Apprenticeship Offers Promise in Portland
  According to the latest report from the Sellwood Bridge project in Portland, Oregon, 82,220 hours of work by 271 apprentices in a variety of trades have been completed thanks to language in the contracts requiring 20 percent of all work hours to be completed by apprentices. Diversity efforts by local building trades unions have also...
Jul
2015
1

Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development

Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development
  A recent Seattle Times piece looks into the upcoming construction boom in the region and who will be manning the project.  The city has a long history of construction booms, but the latest wave is big enough to keep the region’s union tradesmen and women employed for the foreseeable future. Many of the projects [&hellip...
Jun
2015
19

Yes, Really: Anti-Union Associated Builders & Contractors Pursue Bills to Ban Local Hiring in OH

Yes, Really: Anti-Union Associated Builders & Contractors Pursue Bills to Ban Local Hiring in OH
  In Ohio, two bills are currently being considered by the General Assembly, House Bill 180 and Senate Bill 152, that would prohibit cities from using geographic hiring preferences on construction projects.  Such preferences are often written into Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) to ensure that the local workforce is given preference...
Jun
2015
17

POLL: Likely Michigan Voters Support the Prevailing Wage by More Than 2-to-1

POLL: Likely Michigan Voters Support the Prevailing Wage by More Than 2-to-1
  The results of a new Michigan poll support labor movement claims that the prevailing wage is vital to a strong workforce and quality of life. It is bad news for extremists in the legislature who wish to move forward with repeal of the age-old law despite Republican governor Rick Snyder’s support of skilled tradespeople.  [&hellip...
Jun
2015
9

Groundbreaking Groundbreakings: Ontario Makes Apprenticeship, Disadvantaged Hiring the Law

Groundbreaking Groundbreakings: Ontario Makes Apprenticeship, Disadvantaged Hiring the Law
  New infrastructure legislation in Ontario will require contractors on mega-projects to hire apprentices and set up recruitment plans in order to hire disadvantaged workers from the community.  It is the first law of its kind at the state or provincial level in North America.  The new legislation also sets the framework for community...
Jun
2015
5

St. Louis Mayor, Building Trades Celebrate Latest Class of BUD Program Minority Pre-Apprentices

St. Louis Mayor, Building Trades Celebrate Latest Class of BUD Program Minority Pre-Apprentices
  In St. Louis, the latest class of the Building Union Diversity (BUD) pre-apprenticeship program has graduated prompting local politicians and civic leaders to celebrate.  The BUD program is a first-of-its- kind pre-apprenticeship program targeting minority skills development. It has been recognized by the White House and labeled a...
May
2015
29

Overcrowding Forces CA School District to Do the Right Thing Regarding Construction Hiring

  The Salinas Union School Board voted in favor of using a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for construction of a new high school, a move they believe will ensure local contractors are hired.  The board made the decision by a 5-1 margin, following a $128 million bond to fund school construction and improvements approved by [&hellip...
May
2015
29

Silicon Valley Ordinance Would Encourage Local Hiring, Apprenticeship Training for Private Projects

Silicon Valley Ordinance Would Encourage Local Hiring, Apprenticeship Training for Private Projects
  Despite private construction picking up in the South Bay, many local construction workers are being left out the equation.  In response, a labor-backed effort to voluntarily use local labor and apprentices is gaining steam in Sunnyvale, California.  An ordinance, which would be the first of its kind in the region, could change the shape...
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...