Posts Tagged ‘Diversity’

Apr
2016
1

Thanks to Project Labor Agreement, Minority Hiring Goals are Surpassed on UMass Project

Thanks to Project Labor Agreement, Minority Hiring Goals are Surpassed on UMass Project
  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) between the University of Massachusetts-Boston and the local Building Trades is exceeding diversity hiring goals and providing opportunities to local workers.  The college entered into the PLA during the planning stages of its campus revitalization project.  Built into the agreement were diversity standards…
Mar
2016
10

St. Louis Building Trades Push for Diversity Standards on Defense Dept Project

St. Louis Building Trades Push for Diversity Standards on Defense Dept Project
  In a recent op-ed for St. Louis Today, the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council’s Jeff Aboussie laid out the argument for diversifying the construction sector through the new headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The project, which might be located in North St. Louis, would allow the…
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Feb
2016
24

“You can’t worry about diversity later.  It has to be on your mind at the start of the job.”

  At the University of Massachusetts (UMass), goals set for women on campus construction projects are not being met, so officials with both the school and local trade unions are seeking solutions.  State institutions are encouraged to employ 6.9 percent female workers and 15.3 percent minority workers on any campus project.  However, the…
Nov
2015
9

St. Louis Apprenticeship Program for Women and Minorities Achieving High Work Placement Rate

St. Louis Apprenticeship Program for Women and Minorities Achieving High Work Placement Rate
  Building Union Diversity (BUD), the St. Louis-area pre-apprenticeship program that aims to create construction career opportunities for women and minorities, is achieving very high placement rates among graduates according to local news reports.  We have featured BUD in the past, including when it was recognized by the White House as a…
Oct
2015
29

Minority, Female Hiring Goals Exceeded on New Vikings Stadium; Union Recruiting Gives Boost

Minority, Female Hiring Goals Exceeded on New Vikings Stadium; Union Recruiting Gives Boost
  When the hiring goals were set for women and minorities working on Minneapolis’ new US Bank Stadium, people thought they were lofty. Some even called them unachieveable.  Yet new numbers show the goals have not only been met, they’ve been exceeded. New opportunities abound and barriers are breaking down. Minnesota Public Radio…
Jul
2015
6

Mayor, Building Trades, Private Investors Open Window to Construction Careers for Detroit Youth

Mayor, Building Trades, Private Investors Open Window to Construction Careers for Detroit Youth
  In Detroit, a creative solution to city blight will create nearly 150 summer jobs for the city’s youth. These jumpstars could lead to careers in the building and construction trades.  The program is a collaboration between Detroit’s workforce training agency, Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. (DESC), the Detroit Building…
Apr
2015
28

St. Louis Building Trades’ Diversity-Driven Apprenticeship Program Recognized by White House

  A St. Louis program that seeks to help women and minorities join the construction trades was recognized by the White House on Friday at conference attended by Vice President Joe Biden. Building Union Diversity (BUD) focuses on apprenticeship in construction, manufacturing, and other trades. Speaking about the program at the conference was…
Apr
2015
2

NYC Construction Union Diversity Stacks Up to Rest of City, Other Industries

NYC Construction Union Diversity Stacks Up to Rest of City, Other Industries
  Following a blog post on Crain’s New York titled “Blacks missing out on construction jobs,” the city’s unions responded noting that union construction is an exception to this trend.  Among the respondents was Robert Bonanza, business manager of the 17,000-member Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York and Long…
Mar
2015
10

Building Trades, Local Groups Launch Program to Diversify Fort Wayne Construction Industry

Building Trades, Local Groups Launch Program to Diversify Fort Wayne Construction Industry
  Last week, the Fort Wayne Urban League announced the creation of BUILD, a three-week pre-apprenticeship program which seeks to diversify the local construction trades.  The program is a cooperative effort between the Building Trades, Urban League, and Indiana Plan Local Diversity.  With Fort Wayne expecting a record number of construction…
Sep
2013
18

A Future Filled With Youth, Diversity Highlighted at Canadian IBEW Conference

  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) recently held their All Canada Progress meeting in Banff, Alberta where they discussed ways for their membership to continue to grow (as it has for the past six years). As part of the meetings, the IBEW held its fourth annual NextGen caucus.  They continue to reach out [&hellip…;
Jul
2013
29

With SCOTUS’ Attack on Minority Rights Ongoing, Rochester Paper Thinks PLAs Could Protect Diversity

  An opinion piece in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle highlights the positive impact Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) have had on the city and its minority workforce.  It also compliments the transparency that has surrounded these contracts at the behest of Mayor Thomas Richards.   Language in the agreements that mandates hiring of…