Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

Feb
2015
27

Workers Rally at Nevada Legislature While Prevailing Wage-Limiting Bill is Discussed

Workers Rally at Nevada Legislature While Prevailing Wage-Limiting Bill is Discussed
  A wage attack born in the Nevada Senate brought workers of all types together in protest on Thursday, the Las Vegas Sun reports: Union and nonunion workers overwhelmed hallways and committee rooms. They marched outside, waved banners and filled committee rooms to watch lawmakers vet SB119, one of the most controversial bills in this...
Feb
2015
26

Building Trades Members Turn Out for CT Committee Hearings, Speak Truth to Power

Building Trades Members Turn Out for CT Committee Hearings, Speak Truth to Power
  On Tuesday, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee heard public testimony on over 50 proposed bills.  Almost 300 people showed up at Middletown City Hall, causing police to escort the overflow into hallways to wait.  Increasing the threshold for prevailing wages and imposing new limits on unemployment...
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Feb
2015
24

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI
  In Rhode Island, some ranking Democrats are beginning to question why a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) wasn’t used for an Electric Boat project at the former U.S. Navy base at Quonset.  This is being viewed as a squandered opportunity to ensure work on the project was done by Rhode Islanders.  Among the critics is [&hellip...
Feb
2015
24

Ignoring 1000s of Contractors and Workers, IN House Passes Construction Wage Repeal

Ignoring 1000s of Contractors and Workers, IN House Passes Construction Wage Repeal
  After a shotgun hearing moved HB 1019, which would repeal Indiana’s longstanding Common Construction Wage, closer to becoming reality, workers and contractors continued speak out through a contentious week in Indianapolis. But it was of no use. On Monday, the house voted 55-41 to actively lower wages for construction workers in the...
Feb
2015
19

Augusta Building Trades Training Program Graduates Class of 40% Females, 87% People of Color

Augusta Building Trades Training Program Graduates Class of 40% Females, 87% People of Color
  The latest graduates of the Augusta Building Trade Council’s Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP) are ready to take on the adventure of beginning a career in the building trades. Many of them could soon be employed on one of the nation’s largest construction projects. The program is a collaboration between North America’s Building...
Feb
2015
18

Wide-ranging Project Labor Agreement Bringing Apprenticeships, Local Jobs to L.A.’s Underserved

Wide-ranging Project Labor Agreement Bringing Apprenticeships, Local Jobs to L.A.'s Underserved
  Last week the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) held a Construction Career Recruitment and Resource Fair looking for workers to join the union ranks for over a dozen Metro construction projects, all governed by a project labor agreement (PLA).  The event was held outside of MTA headquarters and included representatives of...
Feb
2015
17

TODAY: Indiana Construction Unions Fight the GOP’s Wage-Slashing Sneak Attack

TODAY: Indiana Construction Unions Fight the GOP's Wage-Slashing Sneak Attack
  UPDATE: This morning’s hearing on this issue was live-tweeted by some in attendance. Below are a handful of embedded tweets offering further insight Last speaker for repeal #CommonConstructionWage up now. Worth noting: not one of the speakers was a construction business owner. — Top Notch of Indiana (@TopNotchIndiana) February...
Feb
2015
12

Project Labor Agreement Signed for Rochester Community College; $600,000 in Savings Expected

  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) will govern the construction of a community college campus in Rochester, New York and ensure that local workers are manning the project.  Monroe County entered into the PLA with the Rochester Building and Construction Trades Council for work on Monroe Community College’s new downtown campus.  County...
Feb
2015
4

Maryland Bill Introduced to Ensure Employers Fully Fund Apprenticeship Programs

Maryland Bill Introduced to Ensure Employers Fully Fund Apprenticeship Programs
  Freshmen delegate Cory McCray has only been representing Maryland’s 45th district for a matter of weeks, but his commitment to the state’s workers is already on display.  McCray is working on a bill that would make construction apprenticeships more affordable by ensuring that employers fully fund their apprenticeship...
Jan
2015
20

MI Rep Seeks to Ban Community Benefits Agreements, Kill Wage Standards and Local Hiring

MI Rep Seeks to Ban Community Benefits Agreements, Kill Wage Standards and Local Hiring
  Republicans in the Michigan legislature are considering a bill that would ban Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) on a statewide basis.  The bill was first introduced in the December “lame duck session” where it passed its House committee but never came up for a vote.  Rep. Earl Poleski, who proposed last year’s bill, plans to...
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...