Archive for the ‘LOCAL HIRE’ Category

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...
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Nov
2015
20

40 Milwaukee Felons to Receive Skills Training, Union Apprenticeships Through Housing Project

  In Wisconsin, Gorman & Co. Inc. has announced a plan to hire and train 40 Milwaukee residents with felonies for careers in the construction industry. The move is part of a $9 million campaign to rebuild and rehabilitate the city’s Century City neighborhood.  Gorman & Co. Inc. will work with the Milwaukee Area Workforce [&hellip...
Nov
2015
20

Despite $1.5M in Corporate Welfare, Congressional Candidate Pushing MN Wages Down, Unions Say

Despite $1.5M in Corporate Welfare, Congressional Candidate Pushing MN Wages Down, Unions Say
  Businessman and congressional candidate Stewart Mills III is building a new Mills Fleet Farm in Minnesota and the region’s union workers feel they are not part of the equation. This, despite $1.5 million in corporate welfare.  The 38-acre site features 40+ workers and a dozen contractors.  Upon completion it will house a 183,000 square...
Oct
2015
30

#NAW2015: Building Trades Unions Holding Events Nationwide for National Apprenticeship Week

#NAW2015: Building Trades Unions Holding Events Nationwide for National Apprenticeship Week
  For the first time, the Department of Labor and the White House will formally celebrate apprenticeship in the United States with a National Apprenticeship Week. As part of this monumental acknowledgement of the investments made in training future workers, building trades unions the nation over will hold an array of events to highlight the...
Oct
2015
29

Minority, Female Hiring Goals Exceeded on New Vikings Stadium; Union Recruiting Gives Boost

Minority, Female Hiring Goals Exceeded on New Vikings Stadium; Union Recruiting Gives Boost
  When the hiring goals were set for women and minorities working on Minneapolis’ new US Bank Stadium, people thought they were lofty. Some even called them unachieveable.  Yet new numbers show the goals have not only been met, they’ve been exceeded. New opportunities abound and barriers are breaking down. Minnesota Public Radio...
Oct
2015
20

Stringer, James Back NYC Building Trades Plan to Invest $150 in HIT Funds for Affordable Housing

Stringer, James Back NYC Building Trades Plan to Invest $150 in HIT Funds for Affordable Housing
  New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James came together last week to announce a $150 million investment from the city retirement system into a $1 billion AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) plan to build or renovate up to 20,000 below-market apartments. The projects would be done entirely by union labor....
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...
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...