New Speaker of Ohio House Not Interested in Anti-Union Legislation

The new Republican elected Speaker of the Ohio House, Larry Householder, has promised building trade unions and Democrats he will not support proposed legislation considered anti-union. By a 52-45 count, Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) was elected Speaker thanks in large part to the chamber’s Democrats, who voted overwhelmingly for him[…] Read More →

Wondolowski: 2019 work outlook nearly as strong as 2018

For members of the Cleveland Building Trades, 2018 was a busy year and affiliated members should expect 2019 to be nearly as busy. According to Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski, 2018 was a better year than his affiliated unions initially expected, as work hours were[…] Read More →

Cleveland Building Trades Council hosts December networking event

The Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council hosted a year-end networking events to cap off what turned out to be a busier than expected year. The event, which was held on Dec. 12 at the Pipefitters Local 120 Union Hall, helped spread a bit of holiday cheer. Cleveland Building Trades[…] Read More →

Wondolowski discusses 2019 political course of action on America’s Work Force Radio

On Dec. 11, Dave Wondolowski, Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary, discussed what the building trades will do following the 2018 midterm elections, on his monthly America’s Work Force Radio appearance. Despite Republican control of Ohio, which includes Ohio’s statewide elected offices and a super majority in both[…] Read More →

Remembering IBEW President Emeritus Ed Hill

The building trades and organized labor lost a great leader with the Dec. 3 passing of Edwin D. Hill, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers International President Emeritus. Hill, 81, passed away following a battle with pneumonia. As International Secretary-Treasurer from 1997 to 2001, he streamlined the union’s accounting systems and[…] Read More →

Carpenters protest wage theft

Members of the Indiana-Kentucky-Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters made their voices heard, as they staged a protest event to highlight apparent wage theft against non-union carpenters working on three projects, including the Halle Building project. An estimated 40 members of the IKORCC alerted the public to the plight of 17[…] Read More →

IBEW Local 38 members create festive atmosphere in Cleveland Public Square

More than 80 members of IBEW Local 38 donated their time and talent to help decorate Cleveland Public Square for the holidays. On Nov. 3, a dry and windy day with temperatures in the mid-40s, the Christmas spirit was in the air as 83 members of Local 38 decorated trees,[…] Read More →

Wondolowski discusses 2018 midterm election results

Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski discussed the results of the 2018 midterm elections during his monthly appearance on America’s Work Force Radio. Wondolowski, who also serves on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, told AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc Cuyahoga County experienced a 54 percent[…] Read More →

Ohio Senate includes a “Building Trades Majority”

On what was billed as a potentially unpredictable election night, the major political races in Ohio played out as many prognosticators predicted. Ohio Republicans swept races for statewide offices, while legislative candidates endorsed by the building trades performed well. The building trades retained their majority in the State Senate, as[…] Read More →

SMW Local 33 signatory contractor named SMACNA Contractor of the Year

The sheet metal national contractor’s association gave a prestigious honor to a Cleveland-based signatory contractor. During the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) 75th Annual Convention, Tom Martin, President of T.H. Martin, Inc. was recognized as the association’s 2018 Contractor of the Year. “It was an honor[…] Read More →