Efforts to fix Unemployment Fund will hurt building trades members

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Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski was recently a guest on America’s Workforce Radio, where he spoke with host Ed “Flash” Ferenc, about Ohio’s Unemployment Compensation Fund solvency issue. Attempts were made to fix the broken system, but the proposed changes would have hurt members of the building trades. Thanks to efforts from ACT Ohio and affiliated building trades unions and their members, those proposed changes did not make it out of committee. Despite recent efforts, there appears to be no end in sight to fixing this important safety net for the state’s workers.

CBCTC Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski

Wondolowski went on to express his frustration at the lack of apprentice candidates. The Cleveland Building Trades and their affiliated unions put on multiple events each year to recruit apprentices, but there is still a major need. According to Wondolowski, some first-year apprentices can earn upwards of $15 per hour with great benefits.

Ed “Flash” Ferenc, host of AWF.

On the political front, the Cleveland Building Trades has endorsed Richard Cordray in the Democratic Primary to be Ohio’s next governor. Cordray understands the plight face by members of the building trades and has a plan to make Ohio better.

Wondolowski also discussed the new Playhouse Square apartment complex, which recently broke ground. This all-union project will take two years to complete and employ between 300 and 400 tradesmen and tradeswomen.

Click here to listen to the entire interview, including a little talk about Indians baseball and the April 6 home opener.

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