2015 Bulletins

Ground Broken on High Speed Rail; Construction is Underway!

January 7, 2015 - Construction of California's High Speed Rail system is officially underway, following a groundbreaking ceremony in Fresno on January 6, attended by Governor Jerry Brown, State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter and many other community, transportation and business leaders, and many representatives of our trades. (Read More)

San Diego Narrowly Averts Financial Crisis: Clarifies PLAs Are Not Banned

January 15, 2015 - Reacting directly to legislation sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, the San Diego City Council has narrowly averted a financial crisis by clarifying its position that Project Labor Agreements are not banned in the city. The U-T San Diego newspaper reported that as a result, the city may therefore continue to receive state funding for its construction projects. (Read More)

Michigan Republicans Make Ending Prevailing Wage Top Priority

January 22, 2015 - Despite the many legislative victories for working families in California the past few years, the war on workers around the country remains very much alive. (Read More)

Building Trades Jobs Depend on Supporting Bay Delta Conservation Plan

February 13, 2015 - Following the lead of the Governor, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) strongly supports the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to ensure a reliable supply of water, and is supportive of Californians for Water Security (CWS), a group of diverse California interests that agree on the need for rapid, decisive action to move forward with the BDCP. (Read More)

Attacks on Prevailing Wage Continue At California's Doorstep, Across Nation

February 20, 2015 - While the Building Trades at this time are in a position of strength in California, having worked to elect statewide officials and legislators with a strong understanding of issues important to blue-collar working families, events around the country illustrate that we must be ever vigilant for the possibility of future Republican governors who would work against us. (Read More)

New Prevailing Wage Study is Extremely Useful for Explaining Falsehoods

March 10, 2015 - A new study from the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, "West Virginia's Prevailing Wage: Good for Business, Good for Workers" by economist Sean O'Leary, should prove extremely useful for Building Trades unions seeking to disprove the claims of prevailing wage opponents that prevailing wage significantly increases the cost of public construction. The Center is a independent non-partisan, non-profit, statewide organization that is dedicated to efficiency in government. (Read More)

Building Trades Bill to Close Prevailing Wage Loophole Approved by Assembly

April 7, 2015 - A State Building Trades sponsored bill to protect prevailing wage on private construction projects that receive public subsidies was approved by the full Assembly Monday, by a vote of 50 to 28, with all Democrats in support and all Republicans opposed. (Read More)

California Building Trades Legislative Update

April 28, 2015 - On April 22, in various committees in the California State Assembly, State Building Trades representatives met direct opposition from contractors associations and the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) lobbyists on six sponsored bills. In each committee, State Building Trades sponsored legislation moved forward, over the objection of the ABC's representatives. (Read More)

Last Remaining Lawsuit Over SB 54 Ends!

April 28, 2015 - SBCTC Refinery Safety Bill is Unchallenged Law - Attorneys for the plaintiffs in Harley Morgan v. State of California, the last remaining lawsuit seeking to overturn SB 54, the State Building and Construction Trades Council-sponsored law to improve safety at refineries by requiring the use of workers from state-approved apprenticeship programs, filed a request for dismissal in Kern County Superior Court on April 23. That action ends the sole remaining challenge to this important new law. (Read More)

Urgent Action Needed Today: Tell Congress Members No on Fast Track

June 9, 2015 - Congress is planning to vote this Thursday, June 11, on the Fast Track Trans Pacific Partnership, the so-called free-trade agreement that threatens American workers' jobs and livelihoods. A very close vote is expected and several members from California are still undecided. They need to hear from us now. (Read More)

Building Trades Involved in Partnership to Battle California's Underground Economy

June 16, 2015 - As part of our mission to protect the rights and interests of working families in California, the State Building and Construction Trades Council is working in partnership with state agencies to battle against the underground economy. (Read More)

Anti-Union Construction Association Cite Effectiveness of Building Trades Legislation

June 25, 2015 - Anti-union construction interests in California are continuing their desperate sounding pleas to try to stop bills sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) that would have the effect of increasing school districts' use of a skilled and trained workforce that has graduated from state-approved apprenticeship programs, on school construction projects, delivering a highly trained, streamlined work force, and ensuring quality of school construction under the lowest bid. (Read More)

Governor Signs SBCTC Bill to Protect Building Trades Apprenticeship Programs

July 21, 2015 - On July 16th, Governor Brown signed legislation sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council that protects all state approved successful apprenticeship programs by reinforcing the "need standard." (Read More)

Newspaper Column Criticizes SBCTC Bills - Pres. Robbie Hunter Submits Response

July 23, 2015 - The San Diego Union-Tribune earlier this week published a column by conservative columnist Steven Greenhut criticizing several State Building and Construction Trades Council-sponsored bills to encourage project labor agreements on school construction projects. President Robbie Hunter has submitted a response to the newspaper, pointing out the flaws in the column and the merits of our bills. (Read More)

SBCTC Calls on Union Reps to Attend Safety Training

July 24, 2015 - Action Needed - REGISTER ONLINE NOW - The SBCTC kicks off our new Summer Safety Series on Thursday, August 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sacramento. This first of four sessions is open to all crafts and will cover Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention, a topic critical to all construction workers and their families. Union staff, apprenticeship reps, contractors, workers are all welcome to attend. (Read More)

SBCTC Bill to Pay Prevailing Wage to All Ready-Mixed Concrete Drivers On its Way to Governor

September 3, 2015 - The Senate this week approved State Building Trades, Teamster and California Labor Federation sponsored legislation to close a loophole that currently denies some drivers of ready-mixed concrete on public works projects the right to earn prevailing wage. (Read More)

Passage of SB 350 to Bring Massive New Construction Job Creation for Renewable Energy

September 16, 2015 - The passage of Senate Bill 350 in the closing moments of the 2015 legislative session last week is fantastic news for Building and Construction Trades workers in California. (Read More)

SBCTC Bills Encouraging PLAs & Protecting Prevailing Wage Reach Governor

September 17, 2015 - In the closing days of the 2015 legislative session, several important bills sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California won final legislative approval and reached Governor Jerry Brown's desk, where they now await his signature. (Read More)

Governor Brown Signs Four More Important SBCTC Bills at 2015 Signing Deadline

October 13, 2015 - Governor Jerry Brown signed four more SBCTC-sponsored measures in the final moments before this year's signing deadline this past weekend, capping another spectacularly successful year in which we sponsored eight bills, seven of which were signed into law. Once again, the unity, political participation, and energy of our trades and members have made a crucial difference for California. (Read More)

Building Trades Executive Board Endorses $15 per Hour Minimum Wage for All Workers

October 22, 2015 - The Executive Board of the State Building and Construction Trades Council has voted to raise the minimum wage in California for all workers to $15 per hour, with no exceptions. (Read More)

Unified Building Trades Effort Saves Federal Prevailing Wage

November 6, 2015 - With 54 Republicans joining Democrats, an effort to repeal the Davis-Bacon Act that ensures prevailing wage for construction workers on federal public works projects was defeated this week in the House of Representatives. (Read More)

Triumphant Day for Building Trades: Three Votes, Three New PLAs

November 19, 2015 - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 was a historically triumphant day for California Building Trades workers, as three different governmental bodies in three different regions of the state, each without a single dissenting vote, all chose to enter into project labor agreements with their regional Building Trades councils. (Read More)

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