Posts Tagged ‘take action’

Nov
2013
4

New Work Giants: PLA Entered Into for Massive “American Dream Meadowlands” Project

New Work Giants: PLA Entered Into for Massive
  Triple Five Worldwide, developers of the proposed American Dream Meadowlands project in East Rutherford, NJ, have signed a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with local unions in advance of the project’s final approval.  The development, which is being billed as “one of the largest and most unique shopping, entertainment and tourism…
Oct
2013
30

PLA Agreed to for Staten Island Outlet Development: “This Means Good Jobs”

PLA Agreed to for Staten Island Outlet Development:
  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) has been agreed upon between the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and BFC Partners, developers of an outlet mall coming to Staten Island.  Exact details of the PLA have not been announced but sources familiar with the deal say the project will employ 100 percent [&hellip…;
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Oct
2013
29

Toronto Star Highlights Helmets to Hardhats Success Story

Toronto Star Highlights Helmets to Hardhats Success Story
An article today in the Toronto Star touched on how the Helmets to Hardhats program has provided a successful transition into civilian life for Master Corporal Steve Krsnik and his family.  The 31-year-old returned from Afghanistan in 2010 and eventually found work in Alberta as a heavy equipment operator.  However, after being introduced to the…
Oct
2013
28

At Last, Austin City Council Clarifies Support for Minimum Wage on Tax Incentivized Construction Projects

  In Austin, Texas, the economy is booming.  Business Journal recently ranked the city’s economy 1st out of 102 major metropolitan areas and an estimated 100 people are moving to Austin each day.  Yet the boom has yet to reach the wallets of the construction workers helping the city expand.  A move last week by [&hellip…;
Oct
2013
24

Op-Ed Calls on British Columbia’s Young to Pursue Careers in the Construction Trades

  A Burnaby Now op-ed this week attempts to persuade young British Columbians to consider the building trades as a career given the reported labor shortage in the region.  The author, Keith Baldrey, speaks of a young female family friend who recently informed him she was considering dropping out of university to become a welder: [&hellip…;
Oct
2013
22

Nevada Building Trades Protest Use of Public Funds for New Las Vegas Baseball Stadium

Nevada Building Trades Protest Use of Public Funds for New Las Vegas Baseball Stadium
  Saturday morning, members of the Southern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council and District Council 15 took their fight against the use of public funds for a new Las Vegas baseball stadium to the PGA event at TPC Summerlin.  Volunteers passed out handbills and held up banners that read, “51s Owners Asking Public to [&hellip…;
Oct
2013
21

Construction Trades Help Minorities Gain Foothold in NoLa, Says Fifth Generation Union Plasterer

Construction Trades Help Minorities Gain Foothold in NoLa, Says Fifth Generation Union Plasterer
  In an interesting Construction Gumbo piece, Jeff Poree tells the story of being a fifth generation plasterer in New Orleans and how the trade has helped minorities gain a foothold in the region for centuries.  Poree provides insight into how the trade grew through families and the pride those families had in the quality [&hellip…;
Oct
2013
21

CA School Construction, Retrofit Boom Set to Begin Following Allocation of $650M

CA School Construction, Retrofit Boom Set to Begin Following Allocation of $650M
  In California, two separate state agencies have made more than $650 million available for school construction projects and energy efficiency retrofits. This will create thousands of new jobs for members of the building trades.   Using funds made available by the passage of Proposition 39, the California Department of Education (CDE)…
Oct
2013
17

Juneau, AK Assembly Unanimously Upholds Project Labor Agreement Policy

  In Juneau, Alaska an estimated $54 million construction project was bid out by the city’s Docks and Harbors Department without a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), despite a city policy to use such agreements to the fullest extent of the law.  The project, which will rebuild the city’s cruise ship docks, is scheduled to get [&hellip…;
Oct
2013
17

Unions Mobilizing in Boston Behind Mayoral Candidate Marty Walsh

  Union members are out in force to support Boston Mayoral candidate Marty Walsh in the general election, hoping to recreate the momentum that helped him win the primary.  Over 40,000 union members are registered to vote in Boston, making up 11 percent of the electorate.  With the race down to two candidates, Walsh and [&hellip…;
Oct
2013
16

Protect the Pocket: Prevailing Wages Bolstered in CA as Gov Signs SB7, SB54

Protect the Pocket: Prevailing Wages Bolstered in CA as Gov Signs SB7, SB54
  On Sunday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 7, which allows the state government to withhold funds from charter cities who choose not to pay prevailing wages on public works projects.  The bill also allows funds to be witheld from cities which have allowed a public works project to move forward [&hellip…;
Oct
2013
15

New Brunswick Government Invests $50,000 in Helmets to Hardhats Program

New Brunswick Government Invests $50,000 in Helmets to Hardhats Program
  The government of New Brunswick is investing $50,000 into Helmets to Hardhats Canada to help provide apprenticeship training to current and former military members who wish to transition into a civilian career in the trades.  The Canadian Helmets to Hardhats program, like its American counterpart, matches the employment needs of local…