Posts Tagged ‘local hire’

Dec
2016
13

Impact of Oakland Port PLA Felt More Than Ever as Local Hiring Soars to 60%

Impact of Oakland Port PLA Felt More Than Ever as Local Hiring Soars to 60%
  In 2016, Port of Oakland construction projects generated a grand total of $6.5 million in earnings for workers. A whopping 60% of those workers were local, significantly exceeding the Port’s 50% local hiring goal. Workers who live in Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro, and Emeryville were responsible for 37% of the total work hours, a...
Oct
2016
28

A Boom for Whom? Building Trades Want Nashville’s Growth to Benefit Workers

A Boom for Whom? Building Trades Want Nashville's Growth to Benefit Workers
  Nashville is booming. Davidson County’s unemployment rate is the second lowest in the state at 3.8%. And the Nashville Business Journal recently found that the city’s wealthiest zip codes have grown wealthier over the past three years. Unfortunately, they also found the poorest have grown poorer during the same stretch....
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Oct
2016
20

County Council Members Defend Delayed Responsible Bidder Ordinance in Indiana

County Council Members Defend Delayed Responsible Bidder Ordinance in Indiana
  In Indiana, a St. Joseph County Council committee has been grappling with a bill that would give an advantage to local firms bidding on public works projects. After approving the bill 4-2 along party lines, the committee sent the “Responsible Bidder Ordinance” to the full county council for a vote, only to have the [&hellip...
Oct
2016
11

San Jose Construction Workers Protest Use of Outside Labor: “It’s Pure and Simple Greed”

San Jose Construction Workers Protest Use of Outside Labor:
  Construction workers took to the streets of San Jose late last month to voice their displeasure with Cupertino-based developer KT Urban. Their complaints do not begin and end with KT, however. Union members are frustrated with a growing shift in Silicon Valley toward hiring non-union workers on development projects: Workers say it’s part...
Sep
2016
13

Santa Monica Approves 30% Local Hiring Mandate, Targets 10% Figure for Disadvantaged Workers

Santa Monica Approves 30% Local Hiring Mandate, Targets 10% Figure for Disadvantaged Workers
  Last week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion requiring contractors to hire more local workers on county construction projects. The new policy stipulates that 30% of all workers on county-controlled projects be local residents, with 10% being “targeted workers” who face high barriers to employment: The...
Sep
2016
7

Under Armour CEO Still Defiant; Baltimore Labor, Church Groups Stand Up for Workers, Housing

Under Armour CEO Still Defiant; Baltimore Labor, Church Groups Stand Up for Workers, Housing
  Two weeks ago, the Sagamore Development Company began negotiating with three coalition groups over $660 million in public financing for a project in Port Covington, Baltimore. Build Up Baltimore, PORT3, and Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) represent well over 100 labor, housing advocacy, consumer rights, anti-racism,...
Jul
2016
29

With Construction Workforce Set to Double, Napa County Pursues PLAs, Local Hiring

With Construction Workforce Set to Double, Napa County Pursues PLAs, Local Hiring
  The NAPA County Board of Supervisors is looking to implement a local hiring policy for large construction projects. Beginning with work on a low-risk prison facility, the policy aims to set guidelines for all future projects and will include a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to ensure quality and hiring standards: Napa County wants to see...
Jun
2016
9

Sec. Perez on FL GOP Thwarting Local Wage Ordinances: “Ironic at Best, Hypocritical at Worst”

Sec. Perez on FL GOP Thwarting Local Wage Ordinances:
  In a recent op-ed for the Miami Herald, Secretary of Labor and potential vice presidential candidate Thomas Perez wrote about how cities in Florida have attempted to raise the minimum wage and fight wage theft only to have their efforts thwarted by Republicans in Tallahassee.  The problem is not limited to Florida as we [&hellip...
Jun
2016
7

Building Trades Protest Unmet Local Hiring Mandates at Tesla Shareholders’ Meeting

Building Trades Protest Unmet Local Hiring Mandates at Tesla Shareholders' Meeting
  Outside a recent Tesla shareholders meeting, members of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada (BCTCNN) rallied against what they view as unfair hiring practices at the company’s gigafactory in Sparks, NV.  Inside, investors representing the union’s pension fund greeted Tesla CEO Elon Musk with a letter...
May
2016
27

$717M of Infrastructure Work Will Be Covered by Massive New PLA at Long Beach Ports

$717M of Infrastructure Work Will Be Covered by Massive New PLA at Long Beach Ports
  The Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission has announced a major labor deal which will guarantee jobs for local workers, disadvantaged residents, and veterans on an estimated $717 million in port infrastructure projects over the next five years.  The Project Labor Agreement (PLA) was agreed to by the Harbor Commission and the Los...
Apr
2016
8

Nashville Local Hiring Law Bites Dust as State GOPs Preempt Progressive Policy from On High

Nashville Local Hiring Law Bites Dust as State GOPs Preempt Progressive Policy from On High
  In a recent deep-dive for In These Times, writer Spencer Woodman looked at how conservative state legislatures are going against the will of their constituents by crafting preemption laws in response to any progressive policy initiatives.  Using the example of the Tennessee legislature stopping a widely supported ballot initiative in...
Mar
2016
14

Delaware Bill Would Set New Standards for Veteran, Local Hiring on State-Funded Projects

Delaware Bill Would Set New Standards for Veteran, Local Hiring on State-Funded Projects
  A proposed bill in the Delaware legislature would require the hiring of local workers and veterans on state construction projects.  The Veteran, Skilled Workers, and Community Workforce Act would set two new requirements on public works projects: that 30 percent of the workforce must come from the district in which the project is located;...