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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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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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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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Report: Northwest Ohio a great place for construction workers to live and work

A recently released report shows Northwest Ohio is one of the top four locations in the country for construction workers to live and work. ABODO, an apartment search app, has released a series of reports discussing what cities offer the highest job density, best pay and most affordable rental prices for a certain occupation. In […]

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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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