Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

Mar
2016
2

Put Them To the Tes: Union Workers Walk off High-end Nevada Carmaker Job Site Citing Local Hire

Put Them To the Tes: Union Workers Walk off High-end Nevada Carmaker Job Site Citing Local Hire
  Nearly 350 construction workers walked off the job at Tesla’s battery manufacturing plant in northern Nevada on Monday.  More than 100 picketed outside the main gate of the construction site, protesting what they see as the unfair labor practice of bringing out-of-state construction to the factory to be paid less than their Nevada...
Feb
2016
19

HIT Will Build Its 1,000th Housing Unit in St. Paul Following $27 Million Union Pension Investment

HIT Will Build Its 1,000th Housing Unit in St. Paul Following $27 Million Union Pension Investment
  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced a $27.7 million investment in a St. Paul, Minnesota development called 333 on the Park. The project will transform an aging eight-story office building into 134 market rate units.  The investment will create 190 union construction jobs as well as 435 total jobs among various business...
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Feb
2016
11

STUDY: Economy Would Lose $65,000,000,000 if Prevailing Wage Was Repealed Nationally

STUDY: Economy Would Lose $65,000,000,000 if Prevailing Wage Was Repealed Nationally
  Researchers from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, Colorado State University-Pueblo, and Smart Cities Prevail have completed what might be the most comprehensive study of the economic, social, and project cost impacts related to state prevailing wage laws.  According to the study, if the 25 states with strong-to-average prevailing...
Jan
2016
19

New Philly Mayor Sets Goal of 45% Minority Workforce Participation on City-funded Projects

New Philly Mayor Sets Goal of 45% Minority Workforce Participation on City-funded Projects
  Last week during a WURD 900 radio interview with Solomon Jones, newly elected Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he hopes to set a goal of 45 percent minority workforce participation on city-funded construction projects.  Kenney stopped short of setting a timeline for the goal.  Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data show the construction...
Dec
2015
22

Shaquille O’Neal Promoting Newark Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Bolster Building Trades

Shaquille O'Neal Promoting Newark Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Bolster Building Trades
  Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, together with the city of Newark, NJ, has launched a work program which will help city residents secure apprenticeships in local labor unions.  Known as Project IMPACT, the program facilitates GEDs, prepares students for aptitude tests, and develops basic construction skills.  It will target women,...
Dec
2015
18

Use Local Workers When You Use Local Money. What’s So Hard About That? (Iowa Edition)

Use Local Workers When You Use Local Money. What's So Hard About That? (Iowa Edition)
  Unions in the Quad Cities region of Iowa are concerned that most of the construction jobs created by a new $203 million Kraft-Heinz plant in Davenport will go to out-of-state workers and contractors.  So union leaders are calling on Governor Terry Branstad and local lawmakers to increase the number of regional workers on projects [&hellip...
Dec
2015
17

MA Building Trades Pushing Plan for Pre-Apprenticeship Program Targeting Women, Minorities

MA Building Trades Pushing Plan for Pre-Apprenticeship Program Targeting Women, Minorities
  In an effort to further diversify the construction trades, the Southeast Massachusetts Building Trades are moving forward with plans to create a pre-apprenticeship program for women and minorities.  The organization is taking the advice of the Women’s Fund’s Task Force on Pathways to a Living Wage, a partnership of 30...
Dec
2015
17

$300M in Union Pension Investments Set to Boost Affordable Housing in NY Area

  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced a partnership with the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, the New York City Central Labor Council, and a coalition of unions, churches, and developers known as the United Clergy Task Force (UCTF) to invest $300 million in affordable housing, community...
Dec
2015
11

Assembly Coalition Demands Minority, Female Contracting Goals for NYC Construction Tax Solution

Assembly Coalition Demands Minority, Female Contracting Goals for NYC Construction Tax Solution
  As 421a tax abatement negotiations continue between the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and the Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC), a group of 23 state legislators are calling for an agreement to include requirements for the hiring of minority and female-owned businesses.  The group of politicians, made up of 20 members...
Nov
2015
30

$30M AFL-CIO Pension Investment Will Renovate Detroit Homes, Boost Union Workers and Apprenticeship

$30M AFL-CIO Pension Investment Will Renovate Detroit Homes, Boost Union Workers and Apprenticeship
  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced $30 million of pension fund investment into Detroit’s Neighborhood Home Repair program. The work associated with the investment will employ union workers to renovate up to 300 blighted homes across the city and expand local apprenticeship, thus kickstarting careers for the local...
Nov
2015
24

City Councils on Both Coasts Approve PLAs to Ensure Investment in Local Communities

  Two towns on different sides of the country had their city council chambers packed with union members last week in support of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) that are now closer to becoming realities.  While the scenarios are different, the overall sense of responsibility to ensure local investment on major projects is the same. In...
Nov
2015
24

1500 Jobs!? Local Hiring Will Boost Building Trades on Rockford, IL Hospital Project

1500 Jobs!? Local Hiring Will Boost Building Trades on Rockford, IL Hospital Project
  The new hospital campus of the MercyRockford Health System has been approved, meaning a whopping 1,500 construction jobs will be coming to the region.  The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted to move forward with the project after hearing testimony from supporters and opponents last Tuesday.  The board voted...