Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

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 ...
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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...
Mar
2014
11

Miami “Mandate” Would Favor Contractors Who Want Local Workers on High-Cost Projects

Miami
  A new ordinance being considered in Miami-Dade County would recommend a higher number of local residents on county projects with a price tag over $1 million.  The “Residents First Training and Employment Program” is sponsored by commissioners Jean Monestime and Barbara Jordan. While the ordinance would not implement a true mandate, the...
Feb
2014
28

Unions, Golden State Warriors Pushing for Expanded Local Hiring Mandates in SF

Unions, Golden State Warriors Pushing for Expanded Local Hiring Mandates in SF
  In San Francisco, three years after championing legislation that mandated 30 percent local hiring on publicly-funded projects, Supervisor John Avalos is seeking the same requirements for private developments on city-owned land.  Avalos introduced legislation at a Board of Supervisors meeting this week and was joined by members of several...
Feb
2014
10

Northwestern to Launch Pre-Apprenticeship Program, Aid in Push for Local Hire

Northwestern to Launch Pre-Apprenticeship Program, Aid in Push for Local Hire
  The town of Evanston, Illinois will partner with Northwestern University and local unions to create a pre-apprenticeship program for city residents.  The program has been a labor of love for Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. With construction at Northwestern’s campus making up a major portion of the city’s development, Tisdahl wanted...
Jan
2014
22

San Carlos, CA Official: “I Believe You Get More Skilled Labor When You Use Union Labor”

  In San Carlos, California the new hotels being built on city land near Highway 101 could be subject to prevailing wage laws according to proposals put forward by a city subcommittee.  The city, which bought the land for $13.7 million in November, will eventually sell the land to the private developer of the properties. ...
Dec
2013
5

California County Votes in Favor of Project Labor Agreements for Large-Scale Construction

  By a 5-2 margin, the Solano Community College Board of Trustees decided to move forward with Project Labor Agreements for Measure Q-funded bonds.  The PLAs will be required for all projects over $4.5 million but will not include maintenance and operational projects.  The PLAs will also include “local hire” provisions which encourage a...
Dec
2013
2

Construction Unions Challenge Kroger’s Out-of-State Hiring Approach in WV

Construction Unions Challenge Kroger's Out-of-State Hiring Approach in WV
  In West Virginia, the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation (ACT) has stepped up its criticism of Kroger grocery stores for not committing to hiring local union workers on construction projects.  Kroger currently operates 41 stores in the West Virginia region and plans on spending $200 million annually for the next half decade to make...
Nov
2013
4

Unions, MGM Sign Labor Agreement for Proposed $925M National Harbor Casino Project

Unions, MGM Sign Labor Agreement for Proposed $925M National Harbor Casino Project
  While unveiling their proposed $925 million casino plan to a state panel last week, MGM International had representatives of four local unions by its side. The reason? A labor peace agreement that has been agreed to between the gaming giant and the labor organizations. MGM is promising not to interfere with worker organization rights ...
Oct
2013
14

Important Worker Stipulations Approved as SD Convention Center Clears Final Hurdle

Important Worker Stipulations Approved as SD Convention Center Clears Final Hurdle
  The $520 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center has cleared its final hurdle, gaining approval from the California Coastal Commission.  The expansion will provide an additional 740,000 square feet of convention space and be used to lure larger gatherings that had been skipping San Diego because of convention center...
Oct
2013
9

Local Hire, Apprenticeship, Immigration Top Long Island Labor Federation’s Agenda

  The Long Island Federation of Labor is stepping up its political game in order to better serve the 250,000-plus union members who currently reside on Long Island.  Local hire, immigration and development are among the chief issues on the organization’s agenda.   Also in play is the Nassau County Executive election which came down ...