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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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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 Since the Hoosier state’s Prevailing Wage law was repealed in 2015, construction wages fell by an average of 8.5 percent according to a study by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute. Once the legislation was repealed, […]

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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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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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