Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

Jul
2014
11

Minority Apprenticeship Program Hopes to Jumpstart 80 Jersey City Construction Careers

  The New Jersey Laborers Union and the Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP) are looking to place 80 Jersey City residents into the fall class of a program they hope will increase the number of minorities in the construction industry.  Those accepted into the program will receive two weeks of classroom training in ...
Jul
2014
7

City With 2nd Highest Unemployment in the Country Suing to Pay Its Workers Less

City With 2nd Highest Unemployment in the Country Suing to Pay Its Workers Less
  In a July 4th op-ed for the San Diego Free Press, S.E. Mayes, a 30-year El Centro resident and member of the Imperial County Development Board, highlights the irony of the El Centro city government joining a lawsuit against the recently passed Senate Bill 7 considering El Centro has the second highest unemployment rate ...
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Jun
2014
25

Vegas-Area Construction Unions Oppose Tax Dollars for Corporation Hiring Out of State

Vegas-Area Construction Unions Oppose Tax Dollars for Corporation Hiring Out of State
  The Southern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council (SNBCTC) is moving forward with a ballot initiative that would bar public funds from being used for the construction of a new baseball stadium in Summerlin for the Las Vegas 51’s.  As we reported in October, the SNBCTC had been protesting the Howard Hughes Corporation’s...
Jun
2014
18

PLA Will Ensure Local Workers, On-Time Opening for Proposed Albany Casino

PLA Will Ensure Local Workers, On-Time Opening for Proposed Albany Casino
  The Capital View Casino & Resort announced that they have entered into a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the New York Hotel Trades Council and the Greater Capital Region Building & Construction Trades Council..  The contract will pave the way for a smooth construction period, ensure an on-time opening and guarantee that local...
May
2014
14

Ambitious Local Hiring Goals Generating Excitement Among Detroit Construction Workers

Ambitious Local Hiring Goals Generating Excitement Among Detroit Construction Workers
  With construction of new hockey arena on the horizon, Detroit-area developers, contractors, and building trades unions are getting creative to help the city meet a 51 percent local hiring goal that is attached to the arena project.   Of the estimated 35,000 building trades union members in southeast Michigan, roughly 2,000 live within the ...
May
2014
6

Ohio Contractors Association Sues Akron to Prevent It From Hiring…Ohioans.

The Ohio Contractors Association (OCA) has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that local hiring requirements set forth by Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic violate the constitution of both the United States and the state of Ohio.  The lawsuit is based around requirements for contractors bidding on the Rack 15 Storage Basin project, a $1.4 billion...
May
2014
2

Lacking Official Labor Agreement, Minority Hiring Pledge Goes Unmet in Savannah School District

  When the Savannah-Chatham School Board began accepting bids on a pair of construction projects worth more than $300 million each, they asked bidders to pledge that 50 percent of the work would go to local contractors owned by minorities or women.  However, instead of cementing this policy with a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), they ...
May
2014
1

OH State Treasurer Praises “Shop Class,” Technical Training that Creates Careers

OH State Treasurer Praises
  While visiting a manufacturing facility in Youngstown, Ohio, State Treasurer Josh Mandel touted the importance of training workers for jobs in the skilled trades and encouraged more companies to participate in training programs for young workers.  Recognizing the achievements of two workers in the state’s Ohio Strong Initiative, Mandel...
Apr
2014
29

While the Clippers Battle Race Stigma, the Kings are Getting Minority Workers Into Union Apprenticeships

While the Clippers Battle Race Stigma, the Kings are Getting Minority Workers Into Union Apprenticeships
  Last Wednesday, the Sacramento Kings held a training and outreach session with the Community Workforce Pipeline (CWP) to finalize plans for a Priority Apprenticeship Program that will seek to employ 70 apprentices during the construction of the Kings new $477 million arena. Most eligible workers will come from high-need backgrounds and...
Apr
2014
10

Orange County Ends Ten Year Labor Agreement Drought, Signs PLA for Community College Construction

  In California this week, the State Building Construction Trades Council (SBCTC) signed its first Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with an Orange County public agency in more than a decade.  By a 4-2 vote, the Board of Trustees of the Rancho Santiago Community College District agreed that $198 million of upcoming construction projects would be...
Apr
2014
2

Union Investment Bringing Hundreds of Jobs, Affordable Housing to Minneapolis

Union Investment Bringing Hundreds of Jobs, Affordable Housing to Minneapolis
  The AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced that it will provide $33 million in pension capital to fund the construction of Five 15 on the Park, a 259-unit apartment complex.  Of those units, nearly half will be ‘affordable housing’ with the remainder being rented at market rate.   Five 15 on the Park ...
Mar
2014
17

AKA PLA: Businessman’s Op-Ed Touts Policies Long Supported by Construction Unions

  A Northwest Times op-ed from businessman and former government administrator John Key calls for local governments to create laws that ensure women, minorities, and inner city workers are represented on work sites for projects that are funded with public dollars.  Sound familiar? These are the exact types of community-bolstering provisions...