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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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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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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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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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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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