Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

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,...
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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...
Dec
2015
17

MA Building Trades Pushing Plan for Pre-Apprenticeship Program Targeting Women, Minorities

MA Building Trades Pushing Plan for Pre-Apprenticeship Program Targeting Women, Minorities
  In an effort to further diversify the construction trades, the Southeast Massachusetts Building Trades are moving forward with plans to create a pre-apprenticeship program for women and minorities.  The organization is taking the advice of the Women’s Fund’s Task Force on Pathways to a Living Wage, a partnership of 30...
Dec
2015
17

$300M in Union Pension Investments Set to Boost Affordable Housing in NY Area

  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced a partnership with the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, the New York City Central Labor Council, and a coalition of unions, churches, and developers known as the United Clergy Task Force (UCTF) to invest $300 million in affordable housing, community...
Dec
2015
11

Assembly Coalition Demands Minority, Female Contracting Goals for NYC Construction Tax Solution

Assembly Coalition Demands Minority, Female Contracting Goals for NYC Construction Tax Solution
  As 421a tax abatement negotiations continue between the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and the Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC), a group of 23 state legislators are calling for an agreement to include requirements for the hiring of minority and female-owned businesses.  The group of politicians, made up of 20 members...
Nov
2015
30

$30M AFL-CIO Pension Investment Will Renovate Detroit Homes, Boost Union Workers and Apprenticeship

$30M AFL-CIO Pension Investment Will Renovate Detroit Homes, Boost Union Workers and Apprenticeship
  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced $30 million of pension fund investment into Detroit’s Neighborhood Home Repair program. The work associated with the investment will employ union workers to renovate up to 300 blighted homes across the city and expand local apprenticeship, thus kickstarting careers for the local...
Nov
2015
24

City Councils on Both Coasts Approve PLAs to Ensure Investment in Local Communities

  Two towns on different sides of the country had their city council chambers packed with union members last week in support of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) that are now closer to becoming realities.  While the scenarios are different, the overall sense of responsibility to ensure local investment on major projects is the same. In...
Nov
2015
24

1500 Jobs!? Local Hiring Will Boost Building Trades on Rockford, IL Hospital Project

1500 Jobs!? Local Hiring Will Boost Building Trades on Rockford, IL Hospital Project
  The new hospital campus of the MercyRockford Health System has been approved, meaning a whopping 1,500 construction jobs will be coming to the region.  The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted to move forward with the project after hearing testimony from supporters and opponents last Tuesday.  The board voted...
Nov
2015
20

40 Milwaukee Felons to Receive Skills Training, Union Apprenticeships Through Housing Project

  In Wisconsin, Gorman & Co. Inc. has announced a plan to hire and train 40 Milwaukee residents with felonies for careers in the construction industry. The move is part of a $9 million campaign to rebuild and rehabilitate the city’s Century City neighborhood.  Gorman & Co. Inc. will work with the Milwaukee Area Workforce [&hellip...
Nov
2015
20

Despite $1.5M in Corporate Welfare, Congressional Candidate Pushing MN Wages Down, Unions Say

Despite $1.5M in Corporate Welfare, Congressional Candidate Pushing MN Wages Down, Unions Say
  Businessman and congressional candidate Stewart Mills III is building a new Mills Fleet Farm in Minnesota and the region’s union workers feel they are not part of the equation. This, despite $1.5 million in corporate welfare.  The 38-acre site features 40+ workers and a dozen contractors.  Upon completion it will house a 183,000 square...
Oct
2015
30

#NAW2015: Building Trades Unions Holding Events Nationwide for National Apprenticeship Week

#NAW2015: Building Trades Unions Holding Events Nationwide for National Apprenticeship Week
  For the first time, the Department of Labor and the White House will formally celebrate apprenticeship in the United States with a National Apprenticeship Week. As part of this monumental acknowledgement of the investments made in training future workers, building trades unions the nation over will hold an array of events to highlight the...