Fundraiser dinner provides variety of network opportunities

In early June, the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Golf Outing Dinner provided an excellent opportunity for leaders within the union construction industry and the community to network.

More than 150 people attended the dinner, which is part of the Cleveland Building Trades largest annual fundraiser. To increase the opportunities for networking, the CBCTC dinner is held the night before the annual golf outing, which took place this year at Mallard Creek Golf Club.

Union leaders, contractors, vendors and other attendees gathered at Pipefitters Local 120 Union Hall for the June 7 dinner, where conversation included current construction projects, future needs, politics and Cleveland sports teams.

CBCTC Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski

CBCTC Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski briefly addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for taking the time to attend. He acknowledged his Executive Board and discussed the recent repeal of Prevailing Wage laws in Michigan, which was led by a group affiliated with the Associated Builders and Contractors organization. The ABC group gathered enough signatures to either get the measure either put on the Nov. 6 general election ballot or be voted on by the state legislature.

They found a loophole in the law that would allow the repeal of Prevailing Wage, if passed by the legislature, to occur despite last year’s veto threat of similar legislation by Republican Gov. Rick Synder.

On June 6, the measure passed by a 23-14 vote in the Senate and a 56-53 vote in the House and became law.

Wondolowski stressed the need for continued vigilance by building trades members in Ohio against similar attacks.

He also introduced the attendees to numerous elected officials and political candidates in the crowd and urged support for those individuals, who have received the endorsement of the Cleveland Building Trades.

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