Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

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...
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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...
Sep
2013
24

LIRR Makes History, Signs Project Labor Agreement to Protect Workers, Women, Minorities

LIRR Makes History, Signs Project Labor Agreement to Protect Workers, Women, Minorities
  The first ever Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the Long Island Railroad and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties is expected to reduce labor costs on seven different projects by a combined $6.5 million according to the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The PLA will establish wages and work [&hellip...
Sep
2013
16

New London Paper Disses Responsible Contractor Law, City’s Mayor Pens Persuasive, Pro-Union Response

New London Paper Disses Responsible Contractor Law, City's Mayor Pens Persuasive, Pro-Union Response
  After the City of New London, CT passed a responsible contractor law, local newspaper The Day used their platform to call out what they perceived as “political favoritism” toward unions.  What ensued was a fair, well conceived response from New London’s Mayor, Daryl Finizio, in which he provides details of how union labor...
Sep
2013
11

Building Trades, DC Mayor, DC United Sign PLA for New $300M Stadium

Building Trades, DC Mayor, DC United Sign PLA for New $300M Stadium
  D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a new project labor agreement (PLA) that will ensure local and veteran hiring as well as important workplace protections on a $300 million stadium project. The new structure will be the home of D.C. United’s Major League Soccer team and was announced at a signing on Tuesday. The [&hellip...
Aug
2013
22

Building Trades Unions Witnessing Significant Regional Membership Gains Thanks to Natural Gas Plant Construction

  In West Virginia, members of the Building Trades are finding quality work building the infrastructure for the next wave natural gas development.  As the drilling of the Marcellus Shale continues, plants that handle its valuable ethane and butane are popping up in the region and local workers are being paid well to build them. [&hellip...
Aug
2013
20

71% of Americans Say Higher Pay, Not More Foreign Workers, is Solution to Perceived “Skills Gap”

71% of Americans Say Higher Pay, Not More Foreign Workers, is Solution to Perceived
  New polling shows that Americans are increasingly opposed to allowing an influx of foreign workers into the country while unemployment remains above seven percent. The survey was commissioned by NumbersUSA and was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research: 44 percent of likely voters want the government to reduce the number of permanent work...
Aug
2013
7

Despite Unemployment Rising in 54 of 55 WV Counties in June, Marriott Contractors are Employing Out-of-State Construction Workers

Despite Unemployment Rising in 54 of 55 WV Counties in June, Marriott Contractors are Employing Out-of-State Construction Workers
  In Charleston, West Virginia, construction of a new Courtyard Marriott is employing non-union, out-of-state workers and project developers are making it next to impossible for union contractors to bid on the work. Meanwhile, a half mile down the road, the construction of a Ramada Inn is being done by an exclusively union workforce.  The...
Jul
2013
29

With SCOTUS’ Attack on Minority Rights Ongoing, Rochester Paper Thinks PLAs Could Protect Diversity

  An opinion piece in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle highlights the positive impact Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) have had on the city and its minority workforce.  It also compliments the transparency that has surrounded these contracts at the behest of Mayor Thomas Richards.   Language in the agreements that mandates hiring of...
Jun
2013
17

Shhhhhhhh-ame! Building Trades Hold Silent Protest to Oppose Out-of-State Hiring at NY Mall

Shhhhhhhh-ame! Building Trades Hold Silent Protest to Oppose Out-of-State Hiring at NY Mall
  Last week, several hundred union workers held a silent protest at the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, NY, to help inform the public about out-of-state workers being used on a multi-million dollar renovation.   The workers wore bright yellow T-shirts which read, “Shame on you Palisades Mall” on the front and, “For hiring [&hellip...