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Friday, October 31, 2014

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Lending a Helping Hand in Washington, DC -

The Children of Mine Youth Center in Washington, DC received some unexpected, yet entirely welcome, assistance on October 27th when volunteers from the "Helmets to Hardhats" program, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 51, the Community Hub for Opportunities in Construction Employment (C.H.O.I.C.E.) and the United State Coast Guard, lent a hand to help re-furbish the center's physical structure.

President McGarvey Extols the Virtues of Union Apprenticeship Programs at Congressional Black Caucus Conference -

Participating in a September 25 panel discussion at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference, North America's Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey delivered a compelling narrative on how union construction apprenticeship programs are delivering measurable value for whole industries and individual companies, while simultaneously building pathways to quality career training for historically under-served communities, like minorities, women, and transitioning military veterans.

9/11 - We Remember -

Today marks the 13th anniversary of the tragic and horrific events that occurred on September 11, 2001.  North America's Building Trades Unions remember and honor those who lives were lost in the cowardly and dastardly acts of that day - including dozens of rank and file members of our affiliated unions.  We also honor those members of our unions in the greater New York area who were some of the first to arrive on the scene in the aftermath of the Twin Towers' collapse in order to put their skills to work helping in the search and recovery efforts. 

Contract to Cheat - An Expose on Misclassification in Construction -

McClatchy Newspapers has published what is perhaps the most extensive and revealing piece of investigative journalism into the practice of "employee misclassification" in the U.S. construction industry; a practice that cheats workers; penalizes responsible contractors; and robs federal, state and local governments of billion of dollars every year. READ THE FULL SERIES HERE

CA High School Pilot Program to Utilize MC3 Curriculum -

Nine California high schools have been selected for a pilot program that will introduce students to pre-apprenticeships through the use of the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3).

1 in 6 CA Construction Workers are Misclassified or Working "Off the Books" -

A new report from the Economic Roundtable, “Sinking  Underground: The Growing Informal Economy in California Construction,” shows that one in six construction workers in California are either misclassified or working completely off the books.  For a state whose construction industry is worth $152 billion and employs 895,000 workers, this revelation represents a tremendous amount of illegal activity.

Labor Day 2014 -

A Labor Day Message from Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions:

New Study Confirms Value of Prevailing Wage Laws -

A new, comprehensive study by researchers at the University of Missouri - Kansas City confirms the economic value associated with prevailing wage laws, while also debunking the claims that repeal of such laws will save taxpayers money.

Houston Gulf Coast Building Trades Honored by Muscular Dystrophy Association -

The Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council has been selected as the recipient of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Ambassador of Hope Award.

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