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Bricklayers volunteer to repair Newsboys monument

Members of the Northwest Ohio Building Trades volunteered their time and talent to restore a large local Newsboys monument. Built in 1917, two years after the death of John Gunckel, a large memorial monument was constructed at his grave in the Historic Woodlawn Cemetery to pay tribute to the founder of the Toledo Newsboys Association, […]

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UA Local 50 HVAC-R apprentice wins state competition

In late April, a UA Local 50 apprentice took home the title as best HVAC-R apprentice in Ohio. Joe Mosko was one of 41 UA apprentices from around the state who competed in the United Association Ohio State Pipe Trades Apprentice Contest. Held in Cambridge, at the UA Local 495 Training Center from April 23-26, […]

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Kasich signs law to allow building trades recruit in high schools

Ohio’s governor signed legislation designed to help the building trades recruit high school students into apprenticeships. Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 98 on March 30 to amend current legislation to allow equal opportunity for representatives from colleges and universities, the armed forces, the building trades, businesses and charitable organizations to present information on future […]

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Construction Set to Begin on Cleveland Cliffs Toledo HBI Plant

A major industrial project broke ground on April 5, as Cleveland-based Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. kicked off construction at the Ironville Terminal in the Port of Toledo on their $700 million hot-briquetted iron (HBI) production plant. Site preparation work on the site is already complete and construction on the HBI plant is expected to create […]

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Media Taking Notice of Building Trades Majority Approach

A recent article in The Columbus Dispatch discusses the building trades approach to create a building trades majority in the Statehouse. The Feb. 25 article discusses how the building trades have changed from the stereotypical norm of donating to various Democrats and now donate money to various Republican candidates in an attempt to form a […]

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Bi-Partisan Legislation Introduced to Save Multiemployer Pensions

The future may be looking a little brighter for retirees and current journeymen, after legislation was introduced to congress to help save the multiemployer pensions of more than 10 million Americans. U.S. Reps. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) introduced H.R. 4997, the Give Retirement Options to Workers (GROW) Act in mid-February. The proposed legislation authorizes […]

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Unions Rally Ahead of Janus Hearing

Just days before the U.S. Supreme Court heard a landmark labor case, union members rallied in cities throughout the country. In Columbus, an estimated 3,000 union members, including roughly 100 members of the building trades, gathered in the rain outside the Ohio Statehouse for the Working People’s Day of Action. Event speakers, which included labor […]

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Study Shows Indiana’s Repeal of Prevailing Wage did not Save Money

According to a recently released report, the repeal of Prevailing Wage laws in Indiana has not saved the state money. Since the Hoosier state’s Prevailing Wage law was repealed in 2015, construction wages fell by an average of 8.5 percent according to a study by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute. Once the legislation was repealed, […]

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Union Membership Shows Small Increase in 2017

Union membership in Ohio, throughout the nation and in the construction industry showed a small increase in 2017. According to an annual report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, union membership in the United States grew by 262,000 members in 2017, from 14.5 million to 14.8 million. The overall U.S. union density stayed the […]

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Six Anti-Union Amendments Proposed to Ohio’s Constitution

Six anti-union measures to amend Ohio’s constitution could be on the statewide ballot in 2020. State Rep. John Becker (R-Cincinnati) proposed six amendments to Ohio’s Constitution that, if approved by voters, would repeal prevailing wage, make both the public and private sector So-Called “Right to Work,” ban Project Labor Agreements, prohibit state and local governments […]

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