Category Archives: Construction Issues

Cleveland Building Trades calls for boycott of Menards stores

The Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council is calling for a local boycott of Menards stores. Building trades members are urged to avoid shopping at the home improvement chain, including online purchases. The boycott stems from the Eau Claire, Wis. based retailer using only non-union construction workers to build two[…] Read More →

Labor Leaders react to Janus ruling

International, state and regional union leaders offered reactions to the predictable outcome of the Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME. The ruling essentially granted so-called “Right to Work” in public-sector unions throughout the country. Lonnie Stephenson, International President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said the ruling was an[…] Read More →

Lake County Commissioners update Responsible Contractor Policy

In late April, Lake County Commissioners passed a resolution to update the county’s Responsible Contractor language. With 24 representatives from various union affiliates of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trade Council in attendance, the county commissioners unanimously passed the resolution. Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski[…] Read More →

Public unions hit hard by Janus ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn the ruling of the 1977 case of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. The 5-4 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME denies public-sector unions the right to collect “fair share” fees. The late June ruling essentially makes state and local government workplaces So Called[…] Read More →

Pension plans invest in Cleveland projects

Building trades pension and health and welfare funds are targeting Cleveland as a market where they can invest in a construction project, create jobs for trades members and help their funds secure a good return on their investment. The latest Cleveland area project to receive building trades pension financing is[…] Read More →

Kasich signs legislation to allow building trades to recruit in high schools

Ohio’s governor signed legislation designed to help educate high school students on the importance of apprenticeships. On March 30, Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 98, which amends current legislation to allow equal opportunity for representatives from colleges and universities, the armed forces, the building trades, businesses and charitable organizations[…] Read More →

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 →

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 →

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 →