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UA Local 50 educates Toledo Public High School students about the benefits of apprenticeships.

Survey says more Americans believe college not worth the cost

A September Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey shows more Americans believe a four-year college degree is not worth the cost. The poll revealed 47 percent of those surveyed do not believe a bachelor’s degree will lead to a good job and higher lifetime earnings, while 49 percent believed earning a four-year college degree will lead […]

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Featured Project – ProMedica headquarters part of downtown landscape

The landscape and feeling of downtown Toledo has changed thanks to hard work of members of the Northwest Ohio Building Trades, who constructed the ProMedica downtown headquarters along the city’s riverfront. The $60 million project to consolidate ProMedica’ office buildings began in January 2016. ProMedica held a grand opening celebration on Aug. 31. About 500 […]

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Labor Fest donated $10,000 to Mercy Health building a new in-patient facility for drug rehabilitation.

Trades celebrate Labor Day with Parade and Labor Fest: $10,000 donated to Mercy Health

Hundreds of building trades members marched in the Toledo Labor Day parade on Sept. 4, and later in the day, celebrated the holiday by attending the annual Labor Fest event. Thousands of Northwest Ohioans lined the streets of downtown Toledo, as union members marched through the streets, honoring their Brothers and Sisters who sacrificed so […]

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Featured Local Union – Sheet Metal Workers Local 33

When people think of Sheet Metal Workers, they often think about the HVAC industry. The highly-skilled and highly-trained sheet metal workers affiliated with the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART), are known throughout North America for their ability to design, assemble, and install air handling systems. However, there is much […]

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Report: Northwest Ohio a great place for construction workers to live and work

A recently released report shows Northwest Ohio is one of the top four locations in the country for construction workers to live and work. ABODO, an apartment search app, has released a series of reports discussing what cities offer the highest job density, best pay and most affordable rental prices for a certain occupation. In […]

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Toledo Insulator Apprentice Competes In International Competition

A fifth-year Insulator apprentice from Local 45 Toledo has the skills and knowledge to be ranked among the best in North America. Brandon Shammo recently competed in the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Master Apprentice Competition in Toronto from June 25 through June 30. The MAC featured 10 of the […]

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Kolebuck Kids Humanitarian Project

Members of the Northwest Ohio Building Trades partnered with Feet on the Street, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Toledo Police Department to help two children recover from a horrific, life-changing situation. In August 2016, the Toledo community learned about a murder-suicide, which took the life of a Toledo emergency dispatcher and left her three […]

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Rowan University Offering Construction Management Scholarship

Rowan University is offering members of the Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades the opportunity to receive a scholarship for their online Bachelor of Arts in Construction Management course. Journeymen and apprentices affiliated with North America’s Building Trades Union, including NWOBT members, are encouraged to sign-up for the NABTU Governing Board of Presidents Scholarships. Rowan […]

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Proposed law would make Prevailing Wage optional in Ohio

Construction workers throughout Ohio  stand to lose an estimated 16 percent of their paycheck if a recently introduced a bill to make the state’s prevailing wage law optional for municipalities becomes law. On Feb. 27, State Sen. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, introduced Senate Bill 72, which gives the state’s governing bodies the ability to pay construction […]

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Ohio House Rep. introduces So-Called “Right to Work” bill

An Ohio state legislator introduced a So-Called “Right to Work” bill to the General Assembly in mid-February. State Rep. John Becker (R-Cincinnati), with 12 Republican co-sponsors, brought forth House Bill 53, on February 13, that if passed, would make Ohio the nation’s 29th So-Called “Right to Work” state. So-Called “Right to Work” laws prohibit worker […]

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