Category Archives: Construction Issues

No Referendum on H.B. 6

The group hoping to force a referendum vote on House Bill 6 failed to gather enough signatures by the Oct. 21 deadline and also lost a key court battle in their quest to overturn the jobs-saving piece of legislation.  By failing to submit at least 265,774 valid signatures to the[…] Read More →

OP-ED: A vote for Trump fuels attacks on unions

By Frank Christensen President, International Union of Elevator Constructors I have been sounding the alarm for years now. I know that some of you who voted for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump have been holding out hope that your vote would not be abused by the person you trusted to[…] Read More →

Fannie Lewis Law Ruled Unconstitutional By State High Court

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled a law designed to employ Clevelanders on public Cleveland construction projects was unconstitutional. On Sept. 24, the state’s highest court ruled 4-3 and reversed ruling by lower courts that Ohio could enforce H.B. 180, a law created to invalidate local ordinances like Cleveland’s Fannie M.[…] Read More →

Opponents Attempting to Repeal H.B. 6

Less than a month after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 6 into law, opponents of the job-saving legislation are working to repeal it through a ballot referendum. On Aug. 29, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s office approved resubmitted summary petition language by the group Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts.[…] Read More →

McGarvey: Historic response against IRAPs

The number of comments filed with the U.S. Department of Labor against Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs being permitted in the construction industry was record setting, the North America’s Building Trades Unions announced. “This historic number of nearly 325,000 comments submitted by working men and women across the United States, makes it[…] Read More →

Local Jobs Saved Through Passage of HB 6

More than 4,000 jobs were saved on July 23, when Ohio lawmakers passed House Bill 6. Gov. Mike DeWine signed the legislation to enact the law to create the Ohio Clean Air Program and to subsidize the operation of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station and Perry Nuclear Power Plants, which[…] Read More →

Lawmakers Pass House Bill 6 and Save Ohio’s Nuclear Power Plants

On July 23, Ohio lawmakers passed House Bill 6 and ensured the continued operation of the state’s two nuclear power plants, saving more than 4,000 jobs, including members of the building trades. H.B 6 creates the Ohio Clean Energy Program, which will charge Ohio electrical customers a monthly surcharge ranging[…] Read More →

HB 6 vote pushed back to Aug. 1

Proponents of a bill to save the jobs of more than 4,000 Ohioans will have to wait until August for members of the Ohio House to vote on this legislation. Speaker of the Ohio House, Larry Householder, pushed back a vote on House Bill 6, which will create the Ohio[…] Read More →

HB 6 deadline passes without a decision

Ohio legislators failed to meet a June deadline to pass House Bill 6 – legislation designed to keep Ohio’s two nuclear power plants open. The June 30 deadline was set by FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., who hoped legislators would decide to subsidize the operation of the[…] Read More →

Report shows union construction growth in 2019 despite ongoing worker shortages

Despite worker shortages in certain crafts, a new study conducted on behalf of the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) and sponsored by The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) indicated the union construction industry is growing. The 2019 Union Craft Labor Supply Study is the only national, multi-craft, union-specific study to[…] Read More →