Members of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Board, affiliated Business Managers, trades representatives and vendors and elected officials gathered for a year-end networking event at the Pipefitters Local 120 in Cleveland.
Held on Dec. 7, the event provided a good opportunity to discuss the year’s busy construction season and their expectations of the upcoming year.
Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski said he expects tradesmen and tradeswomen will be just as busy in 2018 as they were this year.
Many in attendance agreed 2017 was a good year and discussed how to make 2018 more successful.
One way, according to Wondolowski, is through the use of building trades pension fund investments.
“Our organization will be stepping up organizing efforts on behalf of our affiliates and will continue to promote our pension investment funds to developers all across our region,” he said. “The use of our money on developments will assure projects are built union and there are good returns provided for our pension funds.”
The Cleveland Building Trades have used these types of investments before and Wondolowski was one of several Building Trades leaders who took part in a Community Development Roundtable event on the subject in August.
During the event, conversations also touched on the need to attract apprentices, organize non-union construction workers and contractors to legislative issues such as House Bill 382, which is aimed at fixing Ohio’s broken Unemployment Compensation Fund and House Bill 98, which should aid in the recruitment of apprentices.