Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

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
15

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...
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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...
Jul
2012
26

Worcester’s REO Is a Positive Step, But Does It Go Far Enough?

The Responsible Employee Ordinance (REO) passed by the Worcester City Council in June is viewed by progressives as a positive step for workers in Massachusetts, but some workers’ right advocates think the ordinance should go further in helping build up the construction trades in the region. The ordinance, which mandates that contractors...
Jul
2012
19

NY Dept of Transportation: PLA Will Benefit Walkill, NY Road Extension

NY Dept of Transportation: PLA Will Benefit Walkill, NY Road Extension
In Wallkill, NY, a project to renovate Exit 122 of Route 17 was re-bid on Tuesday with provisions that mandate a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). Work on the project was halted in March when the original, lowest bidder began legal proceedings to fight for the contract because it went to the second-lowest bidder. This bidder, ...
Jul
2012
18

8 of the Top 10 Businesses Approved for H-1B Visa Use Last Year Have Outsourcing Operations

8 of the Top 10 Businesses Approved for H-1B Visa Use Last Year Have Outsourcing Operations
With countless capable and educated American workers unable to find jobs, it makes little sense for politicians like NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to call for ending a cap on H-1B visas. But that is just what is happening, giving the system for delegating the visas, which are supposed to be used to lure qualified workers ...
Jul
2012
17

Harvard Housing Renewal, Under a PLA, Will Create 3,600 Jobs, Stimulate Local Economy

Harvard Housing Renewal, Under a PLA, Will Create 3,600 Jobs, Stimulate Local Economy
The revamping of the Harvard “house system” — an integral part of the Harvard experience — is being done under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). The project will create an estimated 3,600 local construction jobs and help modernize the campus while simultaneously stimulating the economy. The City of Cambridge will receive...
Jul
2012
6

$3 Billion Project Labor Agreement in British Columbia Achieves 50% Local Hire

$3 Billion Project Labor Agreement in British Columbia Achieves 50% Local Hire
In Kitimat, British Columbia, 1,600 workers are currently employed on the $3.3 billion modernization of an aluminum smelter. The project began in 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in late 2014. It is being built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that allows for flexible scheduling, something that is necessary to prevent labor shortages ...
Jul
2012
3

Kalama, WA Building Trades Fight for Local Hire on Port Expansion

Kalama, WA Building Trades Fight for Local Hire on Port Expansion
According to its mission statement, the Port of Kalama’s goal is “to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and to enhance public recreational opportunities.” Since expansion has revealed a less-than-complete commitment to hiring locally at the grain mill facilities that lay along the...
Jul
2012
2

AFSCME, SEIU Join Building Trades in Push for Expanded Maryland Casino Construction

AFSCME, SEIU Join Building Trades in Push for Expanded Maryland Casino Construction
Union leaders are urging Maryland politicians to allow the public to vote on a gambling expansion that would grant a license to build a casino on the National Harbor. It would be the 6th such license in the state. The proposal also aims to bring table games to Maryland’s current casinos. The new construction would ...
Jun
2012
28

NV Assembly Dems Suggest Unprecedented 50% Local Hire on Public Works Projects

NV Assembly Dems Suggest Unprecedented 50% Local Hire on Public Works Projects
According to members of the Southern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council, the Nevada Assembly Democrats’ new Five Point Plan for Job Creation — described below in their press release — calls for 50% local hire on public works projects. This highly commendable recommendation is unprecedented and far surpasses San...
Jun
2012
19

Obama, Rep. Hinchey Have Sights on a PLA for West Point Construction

Obama, Rep. Hinchey Have Sights on a PLA for West Point Construction
After securing the funding for new barracks to alleviate severe overcrowding at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) is now pressing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build the project under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) in order to ensure efficiency and lower costs. Forty percent of rooms ...