Archive for the ‘UNION HQ’ Category

Aug
2016
26

Ohio Building Trades Partner With Lucas County to Attract Private Dollars, High-Paying Jobs

Ohio Building Trades Partner With Lucas County to Attract Private Dollars, High-Paying Jobs
  Public and private entities in Northwest Ohio have joined forces to form a job-creating investment fund called “Lucas County Builds.” The fund is the result of a partnership between the Lucas County Commissioners, the Northwest Ohio Building Trades, the Carpenter’s Council, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, and the...
Aug
2016
25

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead’s Danger to U.S. Health

Sierra Club, IL Pipe Trades Pen Op-Ed to Heighten Awareness of Lead's Danger to U.S. Health
  The Illinois Sierra Club and the Illinois Pipe Trades Association formed an encouraging alliance this week. In an opinion piece for Crain’s, the two organizations teamed up to highlight the dangers posed by lead piping and the importance of identifying and removing it immediately. “There is lead in the water of many cities,...
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Aug
2016
23

SD Courts to Hear Building Trades’ Complaint Regarding Transparency, Community Benefits

SD Courts to Hear Building Trades' Complaint Regarding Transparency, Community Benefits
  Back in July, we wrote about a lawsuit levied by the Building Trades against a nonprofit company called Civic San Diego. CivicSD approves and processes ministerial and discretionary land-use applications in parts of downtown San Diego and surrounding communities. San Diego is the only municipality in the state that outsources these kinds...
Aug
2016
18

Contractor for Coast Guard, Navy Reluctant to Recognize Employees’ IUPAT District 11 Union Effort

Contractor for Coast Guard, Navy Reluctant to Recognize Employees' IUPAT District 11 Union Effort
  J. Goodison employees held a rally at a Rhode Island shipyard last week. They were trying to get management to recognize their efforts to unionize. Currently there are over 30 employees who have signed union cards with International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District 11: 32 Goodison employees have signed union cards, said...
Aug
2016
18

Cruise Control: MA Trades Unions Have Fore River Bridge Project Moving Ahead of Schedule

Cruise Control: MA Trades Unions Have Fore River Bridge Project Moving Ahead of Schedule
  Union training, skill, and hard work is paying off once again. This time in Massachusetts, where a bridge is being erected over the Fore River. The project has achieved significant time savings: Construction crews worked ahead of schedule and moved a 2.9 million-pound span into place on the Fore River Bridge early Monday. The [&hellip...
Aug
2016
18

BC BS: Province Removed Apprenticeship Mandate, Outsourced to Temps, Now Has Skills Gap

BC BS: Province Removed Apprenticeship Mandate, Outsourced to Temps, Now Has Skills Gap
  British Columbia is facing a skills gap in the construction trades due to market growth and the looming baby-boomer retirement wave. B.C.’s municipalities, universities and colleges, schools, and hospitals (known collectively as the MUSH group) should be hiring more skilled labor apprentices to prepare for the vacancies, but...
Aug
2016
16

IBEW 461 Records 30,000 Work Hours on Wrigley Factory Expansion Without a Single Lost Time Incident

IBEW 461 Records 30,000 Work Hours on Wrigley Factory Expansion Without a Single Lost Time Incident
  Wrigley’s just spent $50 million on a 145,000 square-foot Skittles factory expansion in Yorkville, IL. They hired members of the local building trades to complete the 1.5 year construction project, and the results were remarkable: IBEW Local 461’s workforce reached 30,000 hours without a lost time incident while working on two...
Aug
2016
16

Organizing Victories Show Labor’s Prospects in Traditionally Anti-Worker VA are “Looking Good”

Organizing Victories Show Labor's Prospects in Traditionally Anti-Worker VA are
  Virginia is one of the least union-friendly enclaves in the country. It was a pioneer in right-to-work legislation, passing anti-labor laws way back in 1947. But workers from Newport News to Danville have reason to believe the tides may be turning in their favor: A total of 23,000 Virginians, including 460 at the Alcoa Howmet [&hellip...
Aug
2016
16

Seattle One Step Closer to Setting Crucial Precedent for Unionization of Gig Workers

Seattle One Step Closer to Setting Crucial Precedent for Unionization of Gig Workers
  A federal court judge has knocked down one more hurdle on the path toward unionization of the gig economy. Last December, Seattle became the first city in the country to allow app-based gig drivers to unionize. Mayor Ed Murray refused to sign the legislation, calling it “flawed,” but a unanimous vote by the Seattle City Council made...
Aug
2016
12

Recession Is In Session: Teacher Wages Way Down; Men, Non-Union Members, Veterans Hardest Hit

Recession Is In Session: Teacher Wages Way Down; Men, Non-Union Members, Veterans Hardest Hit
  The wage gap between teachers and professionals with the same level of education is at a record high.  According to a study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the average weekly wage of a pubic school teacher in 1994 was only 1.8% lower than that of comparable professionals. Last year that figure reached an [&hellip...
Aug
2016
12

First Rochester Kills School Modernization PLA, Then They Remove Its Chief Supporter from Power

First Rochester Kills School Modernization PLA, Then They Remove Its Chief Supporter from Power
  Rochester, NY is spending $1.3 billion to modernize its schools, making it the largest public works project in the city’s history. But in a split decision one-eighty last week, the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board voted 4-3 to reject a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the second phase of the project. The PLA would [&hellip...
Aug
2016
12

Judge Sides with WV Unions, Issues Injunction Blocking State’s New Right-to-Work Law

Judge Sides with WV Unions, Issues Injunction Blocking State's New Right-to-Work Law
  Six months ago West Virginia became a Right-to-work state. This week organized labor got its day in court. The AFL-CIO and 10 other union groups successfully sought an injunction to block the state’s Right-to-work law, which took effect on July 1. The law required unions to extend benefits to all workers, even those who [&hellip...