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Dave Wondolowski on America’s Work Force Radio – Dec. 11, 2018
Executive Secretary of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, Dave Wondolowoski, provided his final thoughts on the 2018 midterm elections during his monthly appearance on America’s Work Force Radio. Wondolowski told AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc the building trades are working to build a stronger coalition in the statehouse of elected official who understand and support issues of greatest importance to the union construction industry. He said 2019 will be a busy year for his members and the building trades will be advocating for Ohio’s legislators, governor and state attorney general to enforce Prevailing Wage laws, fight against So-Called “Right to Work” legislation and support Project Labor Agreements. They are also concerned about Workers’ Compensation reform. The building trades have worked hard over the last six to eight years to educate politicians on their registered apprenticeship programs, and have received praise from both Republicans and Democrats.
Dave Wondolowski on America’s Work Force Radio – Nov. 13, 2018
Dave Wondolowoski, Executive Secretary of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, during his monthly appearance, discussed midterm election results with America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc. A member of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Wondolowski said there was a 54 percent turnout, which he called historic for the county in a midterm election year and led to great results for many Democratic candidates in the county. He discussed this thoughts on working with Governor-elect Mike DeWine on moving the state forward and also the results of the Ohio Supreme Court races.
Doreen Cannon promotes Apprenticeship Fair on America’s Work Force Radio – Oct. 17, 2018
Doreen Cannon, President of Plumbers Local 55 and head of the Cleveland Building Trades Tradeswomen Committee, and Ed “Flash” Ferenc, host of America’s Work Force Radio, discuss an upcoming Apprenticeship Fair. The event will be held on Oct. 24 at the Pipefitters Local 120 Hall, located at 6305 Halle Drive in Cleveland, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Women and minorities are encouraged to attend and learn more about a career in the building trades. Anyone who comes to the event can speak with tradesmen and tradeswomen about the work they perform or what it takes to complete an apprenticeship in their field. Cannon said the average journeyman in the trades makes between $60 to $65 per hour, a wage package that pays for health insurance, retirement benefits and their paycheck. When the fringe benefits are removed, the average journeyman will still take home between $30 to $35 per hour in pay. Apprentices earn while they learn, which means they earn a livable wage while working in the field alongside journeymen, learning the ins and outs of their craft, while also receiving mandatory classroom instruction to help further their trade knowledge and keep them safe on the jobsite. Nearly all apprenticeships offer free college credit towards an associate degree, without the debt college students often incur.
Dave Wondolowski on America’s Work Force Radio – Oct. 9, 2018
During his monthly appearance, Executive Secretary of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Dave Wondolowoski and Ed “Flash” Ferenc, host of America’s Work Force Radio, discuss the upcoming November General Election. Wondolowski talked about the importance of voter turnout. In addition to his position with the Cleveland Building Trades, Wondolowski also serves as a member of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. He said the board expects an overall voter turnout of 45 percent, but he hopes it will be closer to 48 or 50 percent. A higher turnout in Cuyahoga County would likely lead to more votes for Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray, who the CBCTC has endorsed. They also discuss other races including U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown against U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci in the battle for Brown’s senate seat, and Steve Dettlebach against David Yost to become Ohio’s next attorney general. Early voting, which includes absentee and early, in-person voting, begins in Ohio on Oct. 10. The Cleveland Building Trades are busy campaigning for their endorsed candidates, as they have their boots on the ground every day.
Dave Wondolowski on America’s Work Force Radio – Sept. 11, 2018
Dave Wondolowoski, Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary, and America’s Work Force Radio, host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the upcoming General Election on Nov. 6. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9 and Wondolowski encouraged anyone who has not already done so, to register to vote. He predicted Ohio Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray will win if he gets 450,000 Democratic votes in Cuyahoga County. Besides politics, they also discussed apprenticeships. Wondolowski said there is shortage of apprentices, but his affiliated trades have been able to man projects. With the economy booming, there is a shortage in many industries including manufacturing. The Cleveland Building Trades are sponsoring an apprenticeship fair night on Oct. 24 at the Pipefitters Local 120 Hall in Cleveland from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Besides the apprenticeship fair, Wondolowski discussed some of the area high schools the CBCTC is working with to help bring back a broad range of vocational classes.
Dave Wondolowski on America’s Work Force Radio – Aug. 14, 2018
Don’t miss Dave Wondolowski, Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary, and Ed “Flash” Ferenc, host of America’s Workforce Radio, as they talk about a proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule change that may allow the use of asbestos in certain construction products. Asbestos, a known carcinogen, has been heavily restricted in the U.S., but the Supreme Court struck down a law banning the deadly mineral in the late 1980s. Now, thanks to the potential action of the EPA, the lives of construction workers and anyone they may come into contact with asbestos, may be put at risk by breathing in deadly fibers. They also discussed the impact of Missouri’s repeal of So-Called “Right to Work” legislation and the special election held in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. According to Wondolowski, these results may signal the start of the “blue wave,” propelling Democrats, such as Rich Cordray to win this November. The segment also includes a discussion about the potential purging of Ohio voters from the registered voters poll and Betty Sutton’s background.
Dave Wondolowski on America’s Work Force Radio – July 10, 2018
Check out Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowoski and Ed “Flash” Ferenc, host of America’s Workforce Radio, as they discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Janus case, which Wondolowski said will reshape the constitution. The Janus ruling creates So Called “Right to Work” nationwide in the public sector and allows non-union members to opt of out paying “fair share” fees. They also discuss how current Ohio Attorney General and Ohio Republican Party Governor candidate Mike DeWine refuses to take a stance against So Called “Right to Work” legislation. DeWine’s Democratic opponent, Richard Cordray, has gone on the record saying he is against So Called “Right to Work” legislation. Wondolowski also talks about a column he writes in The Labor Citizen, where he focuses on the importance of his members voting for what is best for their jobs in order to take care of their families and to help improve their future.
Dave Wondolowski on America’s Work Force Radio – June 12, 2018
America’s Work Force Radio, host Ed “Flash” Ferenc and Dave Wondolowoski, Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary, discuss the recent repeal of Prevailing Wage in Michigan. The Cleveland Building Trades endorsed Ohio gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, who easily won Ohio’s May Democratic Primary. As Ohio’s Attorney General, Cordray stood up for Prevailing Wage and ensured the law was enforced. The Cleveland Building Trades endorsed Cordray and Wondolowski said his members will embark upon a grassroots campaign not seen before in this area.
Dave Wondolowski on America’s Work Force Radio – May 8, 2018
Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowoski and Ed “Flash” Ferenc, host of America’s Work Force Radio, discuss the Primary Election and how the CBCTC has endorsed Democratic gubernatorial ticket of Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton. They also talk about the Cleveland Building Trades being featured at the North America’s Building Trades Union Legislative Conference for their work in helping union pension funds successfully invest in area projects. Discussion also turns to the need for apprentices in all CBCTC affiliated unions.
Dave Wondolowski on America’s Work Force Radio – April 10, 2018
Dave Wondolowoski, Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary, and America’s Work Force Radio, host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talk about recent issues with Ohio’s Unemployment Compensation Fund, which has faced solvency issues. They discuss how efforts to change the system could hurt building trades members. Wondolowski also talked about the need for apprentices. He believes the lack of apprentices is a societal issue. They also talk about Ohio’s upcoming May gubernatorial primary, in which the CBCTC has endorsed Richard Cordray.
Dave Wondolowski on America’s Work Force Radio – February 13, 2018
America’s Work Force Radio, host Ed “Flash” Ferenc and Dave Wondolowoski, Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary, discussed how Ohio state representatives are once again taking aim at Prevailing Wage, along with other union-busting measures. They also discussed tax cuts and a possible federal infrastructure program and the impact an infrastructure bill could have on Ohioans. Wondolowski also talked about the 2018 construction year and some of the major projects his affiliated members will tackle this year, including the I-480 Bridge, multiple public school buildings and the John Hartness Brown Building.