Category Archives: Construction Issues

Cleveland Building Trades leaders urge senate to save Ohio nuclear power plants

Leaders from Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council affiliated Local Unions urged the state Senate to support House Bill 6, legislation designed to save the state’s two nuclear power plants. During a June 18 rally in Cleveland, Laborers’ Local 310 Business Manager Terry Joyce, IBEW Local 673 Business Manager Dave[…] Read More →

Cleveland Building Trades Members demonstrate outside Cleveland area Menards

An estimated 250 affiliated members of the Cleveland Building Trades demonstrated outside a new area Menards store, informing the public about the home improvement chain’s refusal to allow local union contractors to work on the project. The demonstration, which was organized by the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, was[…] Read More →

Gas Tax Hike will Fund Infrastructure Work

In early April, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 62, a two-year transportation-funding bill, which included language to raise the gas and diesel tax, create a new electric and hybrid vehicle tax and make the front license plate on motor vehicles optional. The legislation will go into effect in[…] Read More →

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 →