Featured Construction Project ProMedica

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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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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Matt Cherry was elected Toledo City Council President.

Cherry elected to lead Toledo City Council

Matt Cherry, area Business Representative for Sheet Metal Workers Local 33, was voted the new president of Toledo City Council. Cherry, 37, a Democrat who represents Council District 2, received 11 of 12 votes by council members to become their new leader. As the Toledo City Council President, Cherry runs the bi-weekly meetings, sets the […]

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Toledo Construction Networking Event Draws Large Crowd

The Northwest Ohio Building Trades’ Annual year-end networking event drew a large crowd on Dec. 15 at their current Toledo headquarters. Many of the region’s building trades leaders and representatives joined NWBT Council Executive Board members, elected officials, community leaders and vendors as they discussed the upcoming construction season and talked about the successes of […]

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Law Banning Residency Requirements Struck Down by Appeals Court

Ohio’s 8th District Court of Appeals struck down House Bill 180 as unconstitutional, which means chartered municipalities throughout Ohio can impose residency requirements on certain public construction projects. The victory means cities such as Toledo can legally impose residency requirements on certain public construction projects, helping create jobs for affiliated members of the Northwest Ohio […]

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HB 98 to Aid Apprenticeship Recruitment in High Schools

Affiliated Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades unions may now have an easier time discussing apprenticeships with area high school students following a recent vote in the Ohio State House. House members voted unanimously to approve House Bill 98, the Ohio High School Career Opportunity Act, which gives equal opportunity for representatives from colleges and […]

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