Posts Tagged ‘skilled trades’

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....
Mar
2016
7

House Members Announce Bipartisan, Pro-Worker Congressional Building Trades Caucus

House Members Announce Bipartisan, Pro-Worker Congressional Building Trades Caucus
  In a recent op-ed for The Hill, Congressmen Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and David McKinley (R-WV) announced a new bipartisan effort to better represent America’s skilled trades workers in the halls of Congress.  Both men come from trades backgrounds, with Norcross having been a union electrician in New Jersey and McKinley touting 50 years...
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Jan
2016
22

STUDY: 4K Jobs, $681M Economic Boost Could Result from First-Ever Prevailing Wage Law in NH

STUDY: 4K Jobs, $681M Economic Boost Could Result from First-Ever Prevailing Wage Law in NH
  A newly published study from the Keystone Research Center finds that a proposed prevailing wage bill in New Hampshire would boost jobs, aid in-state contractors, and generally spur the state’s economy.  New Hampshire is currently the only state in the northeastern United States without prevailing wage laws for construction.  ...
Apr
2015
6

Teach the Children Well: Cleveland Construction Unions Launch High School Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Jump-start Skilled Trades Careers

Teach the Children Well: Cleveland Construction Unions Launch High School Pre-Apprenticeship Program to Jump-start Skilled Trades Careers
  Students at Max Hayes Vocational High School in Cleveland, Ohio will now be able to participate in a pre-apprenticeship program that will introduce them to the building trades and ready them for construction careers after they graduate high school.  A recent deal with city will put the region’s unions in charge of the curriculum....
Mar
2015
16

Building Trades Pres: Businesses in “Right-to-Work” Wisconsin “May Not Be Able to Find Any Skilled Workers”

Building Trades Pres: Businesses in
  In a brief letter to the editor of the New York Times, North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey explained that “Right-to-Work” results in a drop in skilled labor. He questions the idea of attracting businesses to Wisconsin by thwarting workers, suggesting, “Companies and whole industries from...
Oct
2014
28

$17.27 an Hour, With Benefits, While Training? Welcome to Union Apprenticeship in Indiana

$17.27 an Hour, With Benefits, While Training? Welcome to Union Apprenticeship in Indiana
  In order to ensure that the region’s young adults can get proper information about careers in the construction trades, northwest Indiana unions invited counselors and teachers to tour training centers, like an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) apprenticeship facility, and learn about the training process and its...
Oct
2014
7

Canadian Groups Take Aim at Skilled Trade Misconceptions, Hope to Boost Interest Among Youth

  The Canadian think tank Cardus is launching the “Building Meaning Project”, which aims to change common preconceptions about working in the building trades.  Jobs in the skilled trades are projected to boom for years to come and a younger generation of workers must be educated about construction, the group believes. Brian Dijkema,...
Oct
2014
6

NY State Considering Allowing Technical, Skilled Trades as Core Subjects for High School Graduation

  In New York, the state Board of Regents is considering allowing high school students who take technical and career oriented classes to replace one of the five core regents exams with a “career pathway assessment.”  Advocates say that the change would positively affect dropout rates and test scores, and help students toward the careers...
Apr
2014
15

Biden Touts Apprenticeship, National Standard for Earning Academic Credit Through Skilled Trades

Biden Touts Apprenticeship, National Standard for Earning Academic Credit Through Skilled Trades
  Speaking at the American Association of Community Colleges convention, Vice President Joe Biden announced a national program that would allow participants in apprenticeship programs to receive academic credit for their experience.  In entering the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium, community colleges would agree to follow...