Category Archives: Construction Issues

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 A recently published study by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute found that since Prevailing Wage was repealed, construction wages fell by an average of 8.5 percent.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 →

McGarvey: Ensure multiemployer pension plan security

Two major construction industry leaders believe now is the time to safeguard multiemployer pension plans. In op-ed article written by Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), and Stephen Sandherr, Chief Executive Officer of the Associated General Contractors (AGC), and published in “The Hill,” they urge Congress[…] Read More →

House Bill 98 Can Help Building Trades Recruit at High Schools

Thanks to a recent vote in the Ohio House, apprenticeship recruiting in Ohio’s public high schools may become easier for unions affiliated with the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades. House Bill 98, the Ohio High School Career Opportunity Act, which gives equal opportunity for representatives from colleges and universities, the[…] Read More →

Appeals Court Strikes Down Residency Requirement Ban

Ohio’s Building Trades members were the real winners when Ohio’s 8th District Court of Appeals upheld Cleveland’s Fannie Lewis Law, striking down House Bill 180, which banned residency requirements, as unconstitutional. The victory means jobs for Ohio’s building trades members in their own cities, as the court ruled chartered municipalities[…] Read More →

Legislators Consider New Unemployment Compensation Bill

A new bill aimed at fixing Ohio’s broken Unemployment Compensation Fund has been introduced in the State House. The Columbus Dispatch reported State Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) introduced House Bill 382 in October, which would require workers to individually contribute to the benefit system, reduce benefits for the unemployed and increase[…] Read More →

‘Q’ Renovations Back On

The on-again, off-again deal to renovate Quicken Loans Arena is back on the table as the Cleveland Cavaliers agreed to move forward with their initial plans, generating quality construction jobs for the area trades. “We are excited to confirm our renewed capital commitment of over $70 million to help renovate[…] Read More →

Roundtable Talk Sparks Community Investment Ideas

Leaders from several of Ohio’s regional Building and Construction Trade Councils came together in August to discuss how community investment opportunities can create more jobs for union members. The event, called the Community Development Roundtable, was sponsored by the AFL Housing Investment Trust and the ERECT Fund. Topics ranged from[…] Read More →

New Poll Shows Nearly Half of Americans Losing Faith in Financial Power of Bachelor’s Degree

A recent poll, conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, reveals nearly half of Americans do not think a bachelor’s degree is a good financial investment. The poll, released in September, showed 47 percent of those surveyed do not believe a bachelor’s degree will lead to a good[…] Read More →