Senate Minority Leader Aaron Ford The Nevada senate has passed SB 119, a bill that exempts school districts and universities from paying the prevailing wage on construction projects. The divisive bill passed along party lines, 11-9. It will now be taken up by the assembly where it must pass a vote in the Assembly [&hellip...
In Rhode Island, a “Special Legislative Commission to study the requirements and feasibility of implementing apprenticeship prerequisites for public works contracts” will hold its first meeting Thursday to discuss limiting bids on public works projects to companies with apprenticeship programs. The Commission was formed at the end of...
IL Plumbers Local, Building Trades Council Fight for School District Upgrades, Training Opportunities
Building Trades unions in Champaign, Illinois are lending their assistance to a local referendum campaign which would provide funding to reinvigorate career and technical training in the county’s largest school district. Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 149 has purchased yard signs in support of the Unit 4 referendum and allowed...
An organizing effort by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) in North Charleston, SC could result in a union at the facility for the first time since 2009. One of the workers publicly in favor of unionization at the facility is Farrington James. He began working there just prior to Boeing [&hellip...
An Indiana Judge has ruled that the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional, the second such blow to the legislation since its passage in 2012. Lake County Circuit Judge George Paras decided against the state in United Steelworkers vs. Zoeller on July 17th, ruling that the law was “null and void in its entirety” and...
Union Leader: Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker Program Overused, Apprenticeship Must Be Prioritized
During the recent Skilled Trades Summit hosted by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum the COO of Canada’s Building Trades Unions, Bob Blakely, spoke about the issues facing the Canadian workforce and how changes can be made to the apprenticeship system to slow the country’s reliance on temporary foreign workers. In the past 10 years...
In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Associated Builders and Contractors attempted to sponsor a ballot initiative while posing as a voter and that “compelling disclosure violates the First Amendment right to anonymous speech.” The decision in Chula Vista Citizens vs. Norris could set a new legal...
In Minnesota, the state Building and Construction Trades Council spearheaded an effort to define what makes a “responsible bidder” in the eyes of the law when it comes to public contracts. The result? A bipartisan bill that sets new standards which contractors must live up to in order to be eligible to bid on [&hellip...
Doing Their Part: MI Building Trades Pledge “$3 to $5 Million” to Keep Detroit Bankruptcy Recovery Alive
Federal mediators for bankruptcy court have announced that the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council (MIBCTC) will contribute between $3 to $5 million to bolster retiree health insurance. The move is in response to political pressure for unions to make financial contributions to help sure up services as Detroit makes its way...
An op-ed from Wisconsin Assemblywoman Chris Taylor sheds light on her year as a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The overarching views Taylor describes are not shocking, but the details would seem almost satirical to the casual observer. Renewable energy, for instance, is an area where ALEC’s approach...
Language hidden in a bill that attempts to stabilize the finances of the United States Postal Service could have a sweeping effect on workers compensation for federal employees. Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, told the Washington Post that she, “strongly opposes . . . unwarranted cuts in FECA...
After Forcing Delay, House GOP Claims It’s Too Late for Unemployment Extension. DOL Sec. Perez Disagress.
A procedural vote in the U.S. Senate has cleared the way for an extension of unemployment benefits for nearly 2.24 million American workers. However, House Speaker John Boehner says that no matter what the Senate decides, a bill would be “unworkable,” noting that it is simply too late. Republicans on the House Ways and [&hellip...