Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

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...
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Jun
2013
13

$586 Million Project Labor Agreement on San Diego Courthouse is First of Its Kind

  In San Diego, a new $586 million courthouse project will be built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) marking the first time such a contract has been used at the onset of a major court facility in the region.  The agreement comes a year after voters rejected mandatory PLAs on publicly-funded projects via a [&hellip...
Jun
2013
6

Napa Environmentalists Pen Pro-Labor Op-Ed Ahead of Pipeline Project

Napa Environmentalists Pen Pro-Labor Op-Ed Ahead of Pipeline Project
  While environmentalists clash with everyone and their mother over the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, another pipe project in an even more traditionally pro-environment area, Napa County, California, is enjoying a different experience. The new Napa Pipe, a 154-acre mixed use project which received unanimous support from county...
Apr
2013
25

Alabama Contractor Receives Tax Breaks from Eugene, OR Government, Proceeds to Hire Just 32% Local

A massive student apartment complex is being built in downtown Eugene, Oregon, and of the 28 contractors on the site only nine are from the Eugene/Springfield area. This has local tradesmen and women upset. Subcontractors brought in from out of state are to blame says Patrick Smith, Secretary-Treasurer of the Lane, Coos, Curry, Douglas Building...
Apr
2013
1

Michigan Building Trades, Nurses Protest Out-of-Town Hiring by Borgess Health

Michigan Building Trades, Nurses Protest Out-of-Town Hiring by Borgess Health
When Borgess Health announced that they would be building a new $26 million Ambulatory Care Facility last fall, local workers expected to fill a majority of the 500 construction jobs the project would create. But when construction began this year, tradesmen and women from the area found themselves on the outside of the job site [&hellip...
Mar
2013
6

Natural Gas Boom Brings Thousands of Jobs to Ohio, but Ohioans Aren’t Getting Them…

Natural Gas Boom Brings Thousands of Jobs to Ohio, but Ohioans Aren't Getting Them...
The opening of the Marcellus and Utica Shale for natural gas drilling has brought a wave of business to Ohio that was expected to create jobs for local residents. While some Ohioans have found work in this booming industry many have simply seen the jobs they are qualified for go to out of state workers. [&hellip...
Jan
2013
24

As Shale Gas Work Comes to Mahoning County, Building Trades Look to Ensure Mahoning Workers Get the Jobs it Brings

As Shale Gas Work Comes to Mahoning County, Building Trades Look to Ensure Mahoning Workers Get the Jobs it Brings
In Mahoning County, Ohio, members of the building trades may have made inroads towards getting work on a new Hickory Bend cryogenic plant slated for Springfield Township. The $300 million project will help ship natural gas collected from the region’s Utica Shale by shipping “wet” gas via truck and sending “dry” gas...
Dec
2012
7

REPORT: By Ignoring Local Hiring Ordinance, D.C. is Shipping $386M in Wages to the Suburbs

REPORT: By Ignoring Local Hiring Ordinance, D.C. is Shipping $386M in Wages to the Suburbs
According to a new report from Good Jobs First, the building boom in the District of Columbia is not producing jobs for local residents despite recently strengthened local hiring ordinances. Taxation Without Employment: The Case for the District’s Strong Local Hiring Rules details how a failure to implement policy has left many qualified...
Dec
2012
3

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 [&hellip...
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...