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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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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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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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International building trades union leaders react to Janus ruling

International building trades union leaders offered reactions to the predictable outcome of the Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME. The ruling granted so-called “Right to Work” in public-sector unions throughout the country by overturning Abood vs. Detroit Board of Education. In a prepared statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the politically motivated ruling was a […]

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Janus ruling hits public unions hard

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn the ruling of the 1977 case of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. The 5-4 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME denies public-sector unions the right to collect “fair share” fees. The decision to overturn Abood is expected to hurt public unions by causing a drop in membership and […]

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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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