Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

Dec
2012
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KY’s “Construction Pipeline” Is a Model for Boosting Diversity, Apprenticeship

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Across the nation, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and other construction trade unions have been putting contracts in place that mandate diversity in the ranks. In Kentucky, “The Construction Pipeline” is being viewed as a national model for other regions to follow. According to Local 369 Joint Apprentice...
Nov
2012
26

With Propositions Z and S, California Has Written the Blueprint for Defending PLAs and Funding Quality School Construction

With Propositions Z and S, California Has Written the Blueprint for Defending PLAs and Funding Quality School Construction
Of the $11 billion in construction bonds approved in California this November, the largest portion by far came from the $2.8 billion property tax measure (Proposition Z) to finance current and future facility needs for the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). It is also one of the largest projects in the region to include ...
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Nov
2012
26

New Prevailing Wage Video Creeps Toward 2,000 Views, Features We Party Patriots Screen Shot

New Prevailing Wage Video Creeps Toward 2,000 Views, Features We Party Patriots Screen Shot
Look, we’re not trying to fool anybody. We know full well that some of the topics we like to focus on here don’t exactly fall under the “sexy” category. There aren’t any celeb sightings or Petraeus pics. Heck, we hardly cover elections. But the issues that are most often overlooked — prevailing wage, employee...
Nov
2012
21

Baltimore Floats Local Hiring Ordinance but Skepticism About Its Language Abounds

Baltimore Floats Local Hiring Ordinance but Skepticism About Its Language Abounds
Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young is pushing a bill that would require a publicly funded project to hire 51 percent of its workforce from within city limits. Introduced on Monday, this local hiring mandate would pertain to any business which received a contract of $300,000 or higher from the city and any project ...
Nov
2012
14

Connecticut LiUNA! Members Protest Harbor Developer’s Shipping in of 400 Texas Workers

Connecticut LiUNA! Members Protest Harbor Developer's Shipping in of 400 Texas Workers
Last weekend, nearly 70 unemployed union construction workers protested the use of 400 out-of-state workers on Stamford’s $3.5 billion, 80-acre Harbor Point project. The Connecticut Laborers District Council (LiUNA!) object to Harbor Point developer Building and Land Technology bringing in workers from Texas when so many Connecticut workers...
Nov
2012
12

Chinese Guest Worker Program Rebuked by Government, but China’s Influence on Canadian Coal is Inevitable

Canadian coal companies are avoiding paying prevailing wages with a move similar to the H-2B visa abuse we have witnessed from tech companies in the U.S. In both countries visas are granted to companies which allege to be unable to find qualified native workers and in both scenarios worker representatives dispute the worker shotage. The ...
Nov
2012
12

San Diego Convention Center Expansion Set to Move Forward Following Inclusion of Local Hire, Veteran Subcontracting Stipulations

San Diego Convention Center Expansion Set to Move Forward Following Inclusion of Local Hire, Veteran Subcontracting Stipulations
Labor unions have agreed to drop their legal opposition to the planned expansion of the San Diego Convention Center after prime contractor Clark/Hunt agreed to a labor agreement that will “ensure consistent benefits for both union and non-union subcontractors.” Unions were concerned that local workers would not be able to work on the...
Nov
2012
12

AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust Breaks Ground on $45M, 280-Unit Complex in St. Louis

AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust Breaks Ground on $45M, 280-Unit Complex in St. Louis
A creative approach to creating union construction jobs is paying off for the construction trades in Missouri. The AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust is using pension funds to build its “crown jewel project,” Cortona at Forest Park Apartments. This $45 million project will be a five-story, 280-unit, multi-family complex that includes...
Oct
2012
31

Salvation Army Project, Built Under Project Labor Agreement, to Receive Award this Friday

Salvation Army Project, Built Under Project Labor Agreement, to Receive Award this Friday
The Salvation Army’s Kroc Center in South Bend, Indiana will be recognized by the Council for the Advancement of Labor-Management Relations (CALMR) at a luncheon on Friday for an innovative Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that governed construction of the state-of-the-art community center. A joint charitable effort between the Salvation Army...
Sep
2012
18

Building Trades, City of Atlanta Launch Trade-Up Program to Bring Women, Minorities Into Construction

Building Trades, City of Atlanta Launch Trade-Up Program to Bring Women, Minorities Into Construction
New, creative solutions to the complex problems facing the American economy are needed in droves right now. In Georgia, the construction trades face more than the obvious current unemployment situation, they also sport a next generation that has been largely unable to apprentice due to ongoing lack of opportunity. As the skilled labor force ages, ...
Aug
2012
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NJ MAYOR: Building Trades PLA is “Very Competitive,” Jobs Should Remain Local

NJ MAYOR: Building Trades PLA is “Very Competitive,” Jobs Should Remain Local
After reviewing a package of proposals by the Hudson County Building & Construction Trades Council (HCBCTC), Weehawken, New Jersey Mayor Richard Turner has praised union work and set goals for Project Labor Agreements to be used on new projects along his city’s waterfront developments. “The unions have put together a competitive...
Jul
2012
30

Texas A&M Forcing 1600 Workers to Resign, Reapply with Privatized North Carolina Firm

Texas A&M Forcing 1600 Workers to Resign, Reapply with Privatized North Carolina Firm
In June, the Texas A&M University System announced it would outsource 1,647 jobs from its building maintenance, landscaping and dining services to North Carolina-based Compass Group USA. The university believes it will gain $260 million in revenue to “recruit, pay, and retain faculty and researchers.” The move has left the support...