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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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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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Toledo ranks 14th in nation in construction job growth

A recent Associated General Contractors report shows the Toledo metropolitan area ranks 14in the nation in construction job growth. The report, released on Nov. 2, shows northwest Ohio gained approximately 1,500 construction jobs between Sept. 2015 and Sept. 2016, for an 11 percent gain. Toledo tied with the Steubenville, Ohio/Weirton, W. Va. area for largest […]

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The ProMedica headquarter project is meeting minority inclusion goals thanks in part to the diverse membership of the Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades.

Building Trades Members Help ProMedica Reach Diversity And Inclusion Goals

In late August, ProMedica officials explained to Toledo City Council how minority business owners are playing a strong role in creating the health system’s new headquarters. According to La Prensa, Ohio and Michigan’s oldest and largest Latino/Hispanic newspaper, ProMedica officials updated the city council on construction progress and where they stand on meeting their minority […]

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Toledo PLA Ordinance

Toledo Passes PLA Ordinance

With the support of the Mayor, Toledo City Council approved legislation yesterday authorizing Project Labor Agreements to be implemented on all major city-funded construction projects. Approved by a 9-2 vote, ordinance 200-16 states all city-funded construction contracts valued at $100,000 or more are subject to a PLA negotiated by the Northwest Ohio Building and Construction […]

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ACT Ohio Website Provides Prevailing Wage Rates

Affiliated Construction Trades (ACT) Ohio added a new Prevailing Wage rate section to their website. The new section features updated Prevailing Wage rates from every county in Ohio and is an excellent tool for public officials to help ensure that contractors are paying the correct Prevailing Wage on their projects. Prevailing Wage laws require construction […]

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Monroe, Mich. Tops Nation in Construction Jobs Growth; Toledo Tied For 12th

The construction industry continues to boom in northwest Ohio and southeastern Michigan. A report released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) in April, showed Monroe, Mich. had the largest percentage of gains in construction jobs in the nation during the month of February. The area gained 1,200 jobs over the same month last […]

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Lucas County Commissioners Enforce PLA Requirement in Demolition Bid

Lucas County Commissioners withdrew a demolition contract because the contractor ignored contract language requiring the use of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). On Feb. 9, commissioners rescinded their contract to Paschal, Bign & Sons Excavating, LCC, to raze an apartment building that sits on land deemed necessary to realign Brandyway Lane for the installation of […]

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