Bill introduced to create composite plans

Bi-partisan legislation one piece of plan to save multiemployer pensions On Feb. 14, U.S. Reps. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) introduced H.R. 4997, the Give Retirement Options to Workers (GROW) Act. This legislation authorizes the creation of composite plans, which modernize traditional multiemployer pension plans by combining key[…] Read More →

IBEW Local 38 honored a member for life-saving action

Recently, IBEW Local 38 honored a member for actions taken to save the life of an infant. Local 38 Business Manager Dennis Meaney presented Darryl Kurian, 43, of Kirtland, with a certificate of recognition for his brave actions. The 18-year member was honored for heroic actions he took on a[…] Read More →

Working People’s Day of Action rally held days before of Janus hearing

Two days before the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing a landmark labor case, unions rallied together throughout the country to stand up and fight against a rigged system. In Ohio, around 3,000 union members, including an estimated 100 members of the building trades, gathered at noon on Feb. 24 in[…] Read More →

Efforts to repeal Prevailing Wage will not work in Ohio

Listen to Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski and America’s Workforce Radio, host Ed “Flash” Ferenc, as they discuss a new proposal in Ohio to repeal Prevailing Wage, implement both public and private sector So-Called “Right to Work,” eliminate Project Labor Agreements and other union busting[…] Read More →

Study: Repealing Prevailing Wage does not save money on construction projects

Indiana’s repeal of Prevailing Wage flopped, as the move did not provide any meaningful cost savings on publicly funded construction projects. A recently published study by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute found that since Prevailing Wage was repealed, construction wages fell by an average of 8.5 percent. While taxpayers paid[…] Read More →

Ohio, Nation see increased union membership

According to an annual report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, union membership in Ohio increased slightly, but overall job creation did not change the state’s overall union density. Last year in Ohio, there were 635,000 union members, an increase of 18,000, who made up 12.5 percent of the[…] Read More →

McGarvey: Ensure multiemployer pension plan security

Two major construction industry leaders believe now is the time to safeguard multiemployer pension plans. In op-ed article written by Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), and Stephen Sandherr, Chief Executive Officer of the Associated General Contractors (AGC), and published in “The Hill,” they urge Congress[…] Read More →

State legislator unveils new attacks on organized labor

An Ohio state representative has proposed a series of ballot initiatives that would amend the state constitution with language to hurt thousands of union workers and their families. State Rep. John Becker (R-Cincinnati) proposed six amendments to Ohio’s constitution to repeal prevailing wage, enact So-Called “Right to Work” in both[…] Read More →

Members urged to join Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Central Committee

Affiliated members of the Cleveland Building Trades are urged to consider joining the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Central Committee. This year marks the beginning of another important political season and the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party has numerous openings on its Central Committee. The CBCTC needs Central Committee representation in order[…] Read More →

Cleveland Building Trades expecting busy 2018 construction year

Members of the Construction Trades should have the opportunity to put in a good amount of hours on the jobsite in 2018, as the construction forecast points to another busy year. National estimates show positive expectations for the construction industry, which Robert Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics,[…] Read More →