Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

Oct
2015
15

IUOE: Project Labor Agreement Vital to Ensuring Local Hire, Avoiding Temp Workers on Site C Dam

IUOE: Project Labor Agreement Vital to Ensuring Local Hire, Avoiding Temp Workers on Site C Dam
  As BC Hydro begins the contract process for construction of the Site C dam on the Peace River near Fort St. John, British Columbia, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 115 is putting pressure on the region’s leaders to help ensure local workers get jobs on the project.  The $8.3 billion project [&hellip...
Oct
2015
14

Boom Times: Michigan’s MUST Program Aims to Add More Than 1,000 Apprentices This Year

Boom Times: Michigan's MUST Program Aims to Add More Than 1,000 Apprentices This Year
  Building trades leaders spoke on CBS 62’s Michigan Matters touting the MUST Michigan program and its goal of creating awareness about apprenticeship.  Patrick Devlin, Secretary-Treasurer of the Michigan Building & Construction Trades Council, and Donna Pardonnet, Executive Director of ACT Michigan, serve as MUST Careers Labor...
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Oct
2015
13

State Agencies Eye Huge Apprenticeship Push Following VA Gov’s Executive Order

State Agencies Eye Huge Apprenticeship Push Following VA Gov's Executive Order
  On October 6th, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 49 to expand registered apprenticeship programs in the Commonwealth.  According to the governor’s office, the EO will help create 500,000 new jobs in Virginia.  McAuliffe’s aim is to help Virginia’s economy by providing new opportunities for young...
Oct
2015
8

600 AFSCME Members Join Building Trades in Duluth Protest Over Out-of-State Painters

600 AFSCME Members Join Building Trades in Duluth Protest Over Out-of-State Painters
  Union workers have been bannering the Radisson Hotel in Duluth, Minnesota for weeks. As locals, they are offended that the hotel’s new owner decided to use non-union painters, shipped in from Texas, for renovation work.  On Friday, their cause spread as they were joined in solidarity by 600 members of the American Federation of...
Sep
2015
21

Long Beach Local Hiring Program Approved, Will Go Hand-in-Hand with Recent Project Labor Agreement

Long Beach Local Hiring Program Approved, Will Go Hand-in-Hand with Recent Project Labor Agreement
  At its last meeting, the Long Beach city council passed two measures aimed at helping the city’s workers. One creates a service, Long Beach First, to provide local workers to contractors and the other authorizes plans to spend $65,000 on a study of the possible effects of mandating a higher minimum wage.  The two-year [&hellip...
Sep
2015
8

More Reports of MI Signature Collectors Lying to Get Prevailing Wage Repeal on the Ballot

More Reports of MI Signature Collectors Lying to Get Prevailing Wage Repeal on the Ballot
  In Michigan, the well-funded wage opposition group Protecting Michigan Taxpayers is reporting that it is nearing the 252,523 signatures it needs to place a repeal of the prevailing wage on the ballot.  Using this method, Michigan Republicans can bypass Gov. Rick Snyder who opposes repeal and promised to veto the toxic middle class attack....
Sep
2015
2

Tax Abatement, Affordable Housing Pass in Jersey City, but PLA’s Go Unenforced Some Say

Tax Abatement, Affordable Housing Pass in Jersey City, but PLA's Go Unenforced Some Say
  In Jersey City, NJ the city council had taxes, Project Labor Agreements, and housing affordability in its crosshairs ahead of a vote in favor of an abatement for an affordable housing unit expected to bring jobs to the city.  According to Earl Morgan, who writes a weekly column for NJ.com: A flock of mostly [&hellip...
Sep
2015
1

Trades Leaders: NoLa Officials’ Objection to Labor Standards Crushed Post-Katrina Employment Growth

Trades Leaders: NoLa Officials' Objection to Labor Standards Crushed Post-Katrina Employment Growth
  In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Building Trades Unions of New Orleans attempted to use rebuilding efforts to secure opportunities for the city’s most disenfranchised residents. Family-sustaining careers were the primary objective.  But without the support of local and state governments, their mission was near impossible.  Ten...
Jul
2015
30

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages: “Getting rid of them makes no sense.”

U.S. Sen. Peters on Prevailing Wages:
  With prevailing wage repeal still a hot-button topic in Michigan, some political leaders are taking their message to the masses in hopes of keeping the law on the books.  Since taking control of the Senate, Republicans have made prevailing wage repeal a top priority, spearheaded by Arlan Meekhof and against GOP governor Rick Snyder’s...
Jul
2015
28

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain’t Having It

SD Paper Prints Construction Lobby Propaganda Piece, Building Trades Pres Ain't Having It
  Last week, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article by conservative columnist Steven Greenhut that uses questionable numbers and biased sources to argue that Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) would dramatically raise the cost of school construction in the state of California.  The article blasts both PLAs and legislation that is...
Jul
2015
9

A Second Chance at Sellwood: Apprenticeship Offers Promise in Portland

A Second Chance at Sellwood: Apprenticeship Offers Promise in Portland
  According to the latest report from the Sellwood Bridge project in Portland, Oregon, 82,220 hours of work by 271 apprentices in a variety of trades have been completed thanks to language in the contracts requiring 20 percent of all work hours to be completed by apprentices. Diversity efforts by local building trades unions have also...
Jul
2015
1

Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development

Seattle Construction Unions Driving Massive Building Boom, Young Worker Development
  A recent Seattle Times piece looks into the upcoming construction boom in the region and who will be manning the project.  The city has a long history of construction booms, but the latest wave is big enough to keep the region’s union tradesmen and women employed for the foreseeable future. Many of the projects [&hellip...