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Sep
2013
13

CPWR’s “Silica Safe” Website Gives Employers the Tools to Create a Tailored Hazard Prevention Plan

SAFETY
  As we recently reported, OSHA has issued its recommendations for new Silica Dust regulations. But the fight for silica safety is not new. Among the organizations which have taken to informing the public about the dust’s dangers is The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR). They have a new resource, the Work Safely ...
Sep
2013
12

Grand Ole Op-ed: Building Trades Leaders Take Down IL ABC Chapter Pres. Over PLA Misinformation

OPINION, PLA!
  In a recent op-ed about the benefits of using union labor on public works projects, Martin Helfers and Dana Oaks proposed the following hypothetical: Question: When needing heart surgery, does the prudent patient seek a certified surgeon? You know, someone who has undergone years of structured education and hands-on training under the...
Sep
2013
11

Oil Industry Catching the Union Bug, Eschewing Labor-Management Drama of Yesteryear

Oil Industry Catching the Union Bug, Eschewing Labor-Management Drama of Yesteryear
FEATURED, INFRASTRUCTURE, UNION HQ
  Sitting down to eat barbecue at the Pipefitters Local 211 union hall in Houston, American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard may have looked out of place.  However, with as many as 500,000 new jobs to find workers for in the Gulf Coast region (by the year 2020), the expectation that big company management and ...
Sep
2013
11

Building Trades, DC Mayor, DC United Sign PLA for New $300M Stadium

Building Trades, DC Mayor, DC United Sign PLA for New $300M Stadium
FEATURED, LOCAL HIRE, MADE IN THE USA, PLA!, UNION HQ
  D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a new project labor agreement (PLA) that will ensure local and veteran hiring as well as important workplace protections on a $300 million stadium project. The new structure will be the home of D.C. United’s Major League Soccer team and was announced at a signing on Tuesday. The ...
Sep
2013
8

Uptick in Union Apprenticeship Hits Nebraska

UNION HQ
  In Nebraska, a rise in construction is creating new demand for skilled labor, so apprenticeship programs are hurrying to keep up. This presents an opportunity to replenish and restock a talent pool which could not grow in times of recent high unemployment. Kent Wirges of Janke Plumbing explains that the area is rebuilding: “I ...
Aug
2013
30

Anti-Union Training Fund Malfeasance to be Reduced in CA Thanks to Newly Signed SB 776

Anti-Union Training Fund Malfeasance to be Reduced in CA Thanks to Newly Signed SB 776
CALIFORNIA, FEATURED, UNION HQ
  In California, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 776 into law which protects the wages and fringe benefits of workers throughout the state.  The bill closes loopholes in prevailing wage laws by clarifying the standard of what constitutes a “fringe benefit.”  The goal is to end the practice of anti-union contractors deducting...
Aug
2013
30

Demand for Skilled Trades Workers Along the Gulf Coast Met With Union Apprenticeship Uptick

Demand for Skilled Trades Workers Along the Gulf Coast Met With Union Apprenticeship Uptick
INFRASTRUCTURE, UNION HQ
  The coming oil and gas industry boom is creating a bright future for skilled tradesmen and women along the U.S. Gulf Coast.  A recent Labor Market Analysis from Industrial Info shows that 12 million additional man hours will be needed by 2015 for pipefitters alone.  This bevy of activity will cause increases in construction ...
Aug
2013
28

Construction Fatalities Jumped Five Percent in 2012, First Increase Since 2006

SAFETY
  The new Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) shows that construction workplace fatalities rose by five percent in 2012, the first increase since 2006. The numbers in the construction industry go against the grain as overall workplace fatalities dropped by 6.6 percent last year.   In the recent...
Aug
2013
27

OSHA Announces Important New Standards for Limiting Silica Dust, Forms Alliance to Better Enable Women in Construction

SAFETY
  After years of stalled attempts and worker protests, OSHA finally put forward new standards for Silica Dust, a move that the agency says will prevent hundreds of annual deaths and illnesses in the construction industry.  The two-part proposal will tackle limits for Silica Dust in the construction industry and create standards for the...
Aug
2013
12

New York Times Highlights Vital Role the Workers Defense Project Has Played in Texas and Beyond

New York Times Highlights Vital Role the Workers Defense Project Has Played in Texas and Beyond
AROUND OUR HEADS ON THE WEB..., SAFETY, TAKE ACTION!, UNION HQ
  An article from this weekend’s New York Times sheds light on the history of the Workers Defense Project, a group that came together and envisioned a future in which worker centers play a role in the labor movement.  The success level enjoyed by the Workers Defense Center, based in Austin, Texas, is relatively unmatched ...
Aug
2013
1

Texas Construction Co Cited for 17 Violations, Some Willful, Following Worker Death

Texas Construction Co Cited for 17 Violations, Some Willful, Following Worker Death
SAFETY
  Texas-based SCR Construction Co. has been cited for 17 safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and faces possible fines of up to $131,670 after the death of an employee in January.   Due to the nature of the incident, SCR Construction has been placed in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). ...
Jul
2013
31

Union-Run “Community Works” Program Creating Employment, Wage Increases for Participants

TAKE ACTION!, UNION HQ, WAGES
  In Massachusetts, potential tradesmen and women are being exposed to their first taste of the construction life through the Community Works program.  The program, which helps adults with skills from resumé writing to preparing for union apprenticeship, is a joint effort between The Construction Institute, the Pioneer Valley Building...