Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

Dec
2014
11

MI GOP Rep. Introduces Bill to Stifle Cities’ Rights to Hire Locally, Set Minimum Wages

MI GOP Rep. Introduces Bill to Stifle Cities' Rights to Hire Locally, Set Minimum Wages
  While many experts predicted the Michigan GOP would use this month’s lame duck session to repeal the state’s prevailing wage laws, another anti-worker piece of legislation emerged somewhat unexpectedly.  House Bill 5977, currently under consideration, would ban municipalities from creating ordinances that require developers to...
Dec
2014
1

First of Its Kind: Citywide Project Labor Agreement Passes in Martinez, CA; Will Apply to All Projects $250K and Up

  In Martinez, California the city council approved a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for all future city capital improvement projects.  Martinez is the first city in Contra Costa county to make such a commitment and was completed in time to apply to a multimillion dollar waterfront improvement project set to begin construction in the upcoming...
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Oct
2014
9

St. Louis Building Trades Unions Step Up Efforts to Train and Hire Minorities, Women

St. Louis Building Trades Unions Step Up Efforts to Train and Hire Minorities, Women
  Following contentious debate within the St. Louis County Council about the need for minority hiring goals on county contracts, local unions have created the Building Union Diversity (BUD) initiative to seek out women and minorities who wish to begin careers in construction.  Laborers International Union of America (LiUNA!) representative...
Oct
2014
6

With Preliminary PLAs, Building Trades Move to Ensure Quality Casino Construction Jobs in Hudson Valley

With Preliminary PLAs, Building Trades Move to Ensure Quality Casino Construction Jobs in Hudson Valley
  A new casino is likely coming to the Hudson Valley-Catskills region and labor unions want to make sure the millions of construction manhours are performed under quality working conditions.  To accomplish this, the Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council announced the signing of preliminary Project Labor Agreements (PLAs)...
Sep
2014
29

Female, Minority Hiring Goals Being Eclipsed on Vikings New Stadium Thanks to Project Labor Agreement

Female, Minority Hiring Goals Being Eclipsed on Vikings New Stadium Thanks to Project Labor Agreement
  The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) has released a progress report on the new Vikings stadium which shows that the goals set for the hiring of minorities and women are being exceeded.  The stadium is being built under the guidelines of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), perhaps the only established way of realizing hiring...
Sep
2014
10

Nevada Dems Pushing for Prevailing Wages, Local Hire on $5B Tesla Factory Despite No Mandate

Nevada Dems Pushing for Prevailing Wages, Local Hire on $5B Tesla Factory Despite No Mandate
  The Nevada Legislature is preparing for a special session to ratify an agreement between Tesla Motor Company and Gov. Brian Sandoval — an agreement which will bring a Tesla gigafactory to Northern Nevada in exchange for tax incentives — and the state’s Democrats are hoping to ensure that the deal will benefit the state’s...
Aug
2014
27

Building Trades Stress Importance of Local Hire on Final Phases of Toledo Waterways Initiative

Building Trades Stress Importance of Local Hire on Final Phases of Toledo Waterways Initiative
  As the City of Toledo moves forward with a new sewer project, community and labor leaders are calling for the use of local labor to maximize the positive economic impact on the region. Known as the Toledo Waterways Initiative (TWI), the $520 million project is the result of a deal the city made with the [&hellip...
Aug
2014
8

California Colleges Reaping the Local Hiring Benefits of Hard-Fought Project Labor Agreement

  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) covering up to $500 million of construction at Riverside City, Moreno Valley and Norco colleges has surpassed its local hiring goals. The projects are partially funded through California’s Measure C bonds with the state and federal government providing matching funding.   The use of a PLA was heavily...
Aug
2014
4

Building Trades Tout College Housing Development as Local Hiring Success Story

Building Trades Tout College Housing Development as Local Hiring Success Story
  The new Campus Town project at The College of New Jersey is expected to bring 250 consturction jobs to Mercer County at its peak, according to representatives of the Mercer-Burlington Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC).  Currently 65 percent of the workers at the site are from the region, making Campus Town a local [&hellip...
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 [&hellip...
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 [&hellip...
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...