Category Archives: Construction Issues

Multiemployer pension plan fix must happen this year

The Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council hosted the “lunch and learn” event on Feb. 27 to hear updates on efforts by Congress to solve problems related to failing multiemployer pension plans. More than 70 building trades leaders and signatory contractors gathered last month at Laborers Local 310 Hall to[…] Read More →

Ohio lawmakers set their sights on Prevailing Wage with H.B. 78

Several Ohio lawmakers targeted Prevailing Wage in their latest anti-union attack, but opponents of the legislation believe H.B. 78 will not make it out of committee. House Bill 78, which is primarily sponsored by State Reps. Craig Riedel (R-Defiance) and Susan Manchester (R–Lakeview), proposes to give local governments, special districts,[…] Read More →

New Speaker of Ohio House Not Interested in Anti-Union Legislation

The new Republican elected Speaker of the Ohio House, Larry Householder, has promised building trade unions and Democrats he will not support proposed legislation considered anti-union. By a 52-45 count, Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) was elected Speaker thanks in large part to the chamber’s Democrats, who voted overwhelmingly for him[…] Read More →

Carpenters protest wage theft

Members of the Indiana-Kentucky-Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters made their voices heard, as they staged a protest event to highlight apparent wage theft against non-union carpenters working on three projects, including the Halle Building project. An estimated 40 members of the IKORCC alerted the public to the plight of 17[…] Read More →

IBEW Local 38 pickets Euclid Amazon project

In early October, members of IBEW Local 38 picketed outside the Amazon fulfillment center project in Euclid. Roughly 40 members of Local 38 stood outside the Amazon building on Oct. 8 alerting the public that the conveyor portion of the construction project is being done by non-union workers. According to Local 38 Business Manager[…] Read More →

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 →