Dave Wondolowski, Executive Secretary of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council reminded America’s Work Force Radio listeners the deadline to register to vote in Ohio is fast approaching.
During his monthly appearance on AWF, Wondolowski, who is also a member of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, told AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc Ohioans have less than a month to register to vote, as the voter registration deadline is Oct. 9.
As of early September, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections was predicting a 45 percent voter turnout. Wondolowski feels that number could grow to 50 percent if people continue to register to vote.
He strongly urged Ohioans to vote and reminded the audience that the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council has endorsed Ohio Democratic Party candidate Rich Cordray for governor because he supports issues important to the building trades.
In addition to the upcoming election, the interview touched on apprenticeships.
The trades, like other industries, are facing a manpower shortage. Unions affiliated with the CBCTC have been able to man projects, but have struggled at times to man all the work they have.
By adding apprentices, the unions can help alleviate the area’s shortage of highly skilled and highly trained construction workers.
In addition to an upcoming October apprenticeship fair, the Cleveland Building Trades are working with the Parma and Warrensville Heights school districts to help them bring back a broad range of vocational programs.
Click here to listen to the entire segment from America’s Work Force Radio, including Wondolowski’s prediction on how many votes Cordray will need in Cuyahoga County to become Ohio’s next governor.