2014 Bulletins

2014 Women's Conference

This Conference is designed to bring together women who work in every craft in the building and construction trades and to offer the support needed to navigate a long career in construction. (Read More)

SBCTC Offers New Safety Training on Construction Toxics

January 16, 2014 - Don't miss the State Building and Construction Trade Council's new 2014 train-the-trainer class on preventing exposure to hazardous dusts, fumes, and vapors in the construction trades. The SBCTC, in partnership with the U.C. Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program, has developed a new curriculum on toxics in construction. (Read More)

Next Senate Leader Proudly Announces SBCTC Re-election Endorsement

February 5, 2014 - State Senator Kevin de Leon, whom fellow Senators have agreed will become the next President pro tem of the Senate later this year, recently issued a press release to announce his endorsement for re-election by the California Building Trades. (Read More)

Act Now to Benefit from SBCTC Training on Construction Toxics

February 12, 2014 - Reminder - The first of the State Building and Construction Trade Council's valuable new 2014 classes on preventing exposure to hazardous dusts, fumes and vapors in the construction trades is right around the corner. (Read More)

Statement of the SBCTC re: Lawsuit Challenging Senate Bill 7

February 26, 2014 - The California Legislature adopted bi-partisan legislation in 2013 to promote good jobs for Californians and to ensure the future skilled workforce for vital infrastructure projects. (Read More)

$372 Million Made Available Statewide for School Construction and Modernization Projects

April 16, 2014 - The State Allocation Board (SAB) recently allocated more than $372 million in bond funds for 105 school construction and modernization projects across 43 school districts in California. (Read More)

Senate, Assembly Agree on Budget Language to Fund Prevailing Wage Enforcement

May 22, 2014 - In a major victory for California Building Trades workers and honest contractors, Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees have agreed on budget language that will guarantee adequate funding for prevailing wage enforcement, and also establishes important minimum qualifications for contractors on public works projects (Read More)

New State Budget is the Best in Many Years For Crucial Building Trades Priorities

June 17, 2014 - Meeting into the late hours Sunday night, both houses of the State Legislature on Sunday gave final approval to a 2014-15 state budget that provides funding for many programs strongly supported by the State Building Trades, that will create thousands of good new jobs for California's Building Trades workers. (Read More)

Burbank-Palmdale High Speed Rail Segment Accelerated

July 2, 2014 - In a move that will strengthen support for High Speed Rail in Southern California, construction of the system's section linking Burbank to Palmdale has been moved earlier in the process. (Read More)

Major Victory for High Speed Rail Appellate Court Approves Sale of Bonds

August 1, 2014 - In a major court victory for supporters of California's High Speed Rail System, a California Court of Appeals has cleared the way for issuance of bonds to finance High Speed Rail construction, setting aside an erroneous lower court decision that had temporarily blocked the bonds. (Read More)

Republicans Launch Latest Attack On Prevailing Wage and Skilled Workers

August 6, 2014 - The never-ending attack on working families by Republican politicians has gathered new steam recently, with a block of 10 Republican U.S. Senators from the South and Midwest introducing new legislation to repeal the Davis-Bacon Act, the 1931 law requiring that wages paid on federal public works projects are at levels prevailing in the locality of the project for similar crafts and skills on comparable construction work. (Read More)

2014 Women's Conference Newsletter

August 8, 2014 - Read about the 2014 Conference and learn more about the plans that are being made for the 2015 Conference. (Read More)

Building Trades Efforts Help Send Water Bond to November Ballot

August 15, 2014 - A widespread advocacy effort by local Building Trades unions and councils helped make the decisive difference this week as the Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown agreed on the terms of a $7.5 billion water bond to go before California's voters in this November's election. (Read More)

Prevailing Wage Requirement Ruled Constitutional

September 2, 2014 - Court Upholds SB 7 Conditions that Protect Workers in Charter Cities. In a decisive victory for Building Trades workers, a San Diego Superior Court Judge has upheld State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC) sponsored Senate Bill 7, to require charter cities to pay prevailing wage on municipal projects as a condition of receiving state construction funding. (Read More)

Sweeping Victories for Building Trades; Court Upholds SB 7, SB 922, SB 829

September 3, 2014 - The State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC), and the 400,000 skilled construction workers it represents, earned a series of truly landmark legal victories in the last two weeks, when San Diego County Superior Court Judge Joel Wohlfeil issued a ruling upholding the validity of all of our most important recent legislative accomplishments. (Read More)

Governor Brown Signs Historic Law Valuable New Tool for Construction Unions

September 12, 2014 - Governor Jerry Brown this week signed into law Assembly Bill 1522 (by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego), which requires that California workers be allowed three paid sick days per year. (Read More)

Updated-Building Trades Endorsements of Statewide Candidates & Propositions on November Ballot

September 15, 2014 - We previously provided an endorsement bulletin prior to the California Labor Federation Biennial Convention. However, several changes to the November ballot were made during the month of August. (Read More)

SBCTC Health and Safety Funding Approved for Fourth Year

September 22, 2014 - OSHA has approved funding of $175,500 for the fourth year of our State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC) Health and Safety program. (Read More)

Governor Brown Signs Bill to Speed Up Correcting Dangerous Working Conditions

September 22, 2014 - Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation, co-sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) and the California Labor Federation, that requires dangerous working conditions to be corrected quickly, rather than remaining unfixed while employers appeal the findings against them. (Read More)

Governor Signs Bill to Protect Workers From Dishonest Labor Contractors

September 29, 2014 - Governor Jerry Brown has signed important legislation to hold businesses liable when labor contractors supply workers and then fail to adhere to rules to protect workers. (Read More)

Health and Safety Conference in Berkeley For Workers, Organizers, Business Reps

September 29, 2014 - The Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP), Worksafe, and other organizations are co-sponsoring a one-day conference on workplace health and safety in Berkeley, on Saturday, November 8. The State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC) has partnered with these organizations for many years and can vouch for their top-notch training programs. (Read More)

Building Trades, Working With Legislature and Governor, Make 2014 Another Productive Year

October 1, 2014 - Governor Jerry Brown has signed a package of bills sponsored and supported by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC), and sent to him by the Legislature, that make 2014 another highly productive year for California Building Trades workers that will benefit all Californians for years to come. (Read More)

New York Times Editorial Spotlights ABC's Wage, Hour, Safety Violations

October 14, 2014 - In a recent Editorial entitled "The Right to Cheat and Maim?," the New York Times criticized the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) for insisting on the right to bid on federal projects while failing to correct violations in federal wage, hours and safety laws. (Read More)

State Supreme Court Removes Final Legal Hurdle to High Speed Rail

October 15, 2014 - The California Supreme Court today ended a lengthy legal challenge that has delayed the construction of California's High Speed Rail system, by declining to consider an appeal to an August Court of Appeals decision that ruled the High Speed Rail financing plan was valid and proper. (Read More)

Charter Cities Switching to Prevailing Wage, Thanks to Your Action on SB 7

October 22, 2014 - The unified, determined voices of the Building Trades and its affiliated unions that convinced the Legislature and Governor to enact Senate Bill 7 in 2013, will be bringing real, tangible benefits to construction workers in charter cities across California beginning next January 1. (Read More)

San Diego Clarifies City Ordinance: Project Labor Agreements are Permitted

October 23, 2014 - Driven by the desire to remain eligible for state funding for infrastructure projects, the San Diego City Council acted this week to clarify that the city government remains free to consider Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for municipal public works projects. (Read More)

Building Trades Take on Three Charter City Ballot Measures

November 5, 2014 - Thanks to the united, energetic efforts of local building trades councils, three different charter city ballot measures—designed to avoid paying workers on municipal construction projects the prevailing wage—were all defeated Tuesday by overwhelming margins. In two of those cities, it was the second time voters rejected switching to a charter city, and both by larger margins than before. (Read More)

San Mateo and Mountain View Enact Laws Requiring Prevailing Wage

November 6, 2014 - Cities across California continue to respond to the State Building and Construction Trades Council sponsored Senate Bill 7, by taking action to protect their state construction funding by specifying that prevailing wage must be paid on municipal public works contracts. (Read More)

Court of Appeal Denies Petition to Delay Implementation of SB 7/SB 922/SB 829

November 10, 2014 - The Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District rejected a petition filed by the Cities of Fresno, El Centro, Carlsbad, Oceanside, El Cajon and Vista seeking to delay the implementation of SB 7/SB 922/SB 829. (Read More)

Fresno City Council Votes to Allow PLAs, Pay Prevailing Wage on Local Projects

November 13, 2014 - Reacting to the passage of State Building and Construction Trades Council sponsored bills SB 922, SB 829, and SB 7, the Fresno City Council has approved two measures to bring the city into compliance with those laws, by repealing its ban on project labor agreements, and requiring payment of prevailing wage to workers on municipal public works projects. (Read More)

Wave of Cities Rushing to Enact Prevailing Wage Laws to Comply with SB 7

November 18, 2014 - Driven by the desire to receive state funding for construction, charter cities across California that had previously exempted themselves from prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements are rushing this month to enact new measures that require prevailing wages and apprenticeship training on all their projects. (Read More)

Multiple Victories for High Speed Rail: Groundbreaking January 6 in Fresno

December 15, 2014 - California's High Speed Rail project scored a slew of victories in recent days, supported by the State Building Trades, as the long-awaited transportation improvement gained tremendous momentum to move forward. (Read More)

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