2016 Bulletins

Court of Appeal Hears Oral Argument in Cities' Challenge to Senate Bill 7

January 13, 2016 - The California Court of Appeal heard oral argument on January 11 in the lawsuit filed by five charter cities to challenge Senate Bill 7, which provides that charter cities are eligible for discretionary State construction funding only if the city requires payment of prevailing wages on all its public works projects. (Read More)

Obstructionism Will Destroy Our Precious Delta

February 9, 2016 - Last week, the Sacramento Bee published an opinion column by State Building Trades President Robbie Hunter supporting Governor Jerry Brown's California Water Fix proposal to improve water transport through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and protect fragile delta habitat, and calling for an end to obstructionist tactics aimed at stalling the program. (Read More)

Building Trades Elects Officers & Adopts Resolutions at 62nd Convention

February 11, 2016 - At the 62nd convention of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, in Sacramento February 4 and 5, 2016, the 209 delegates representing nearly 400,000 workers in 14 affiliated trades, elected officers to serve new four-year terms, adopted resolutions on issues of importance to the Trades, and reviewed newly produced Building Trades videos. Here are summaries of those actions. (Read More)

Senate Approves SBCTC-Sponsored Legislation to Protect Workers' Paychecks

April 22, 2016 - The State Senate has approved legislation, sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council, to protect workers' wages by requiring that employees give their consent before funds are deducted from their paychecks to promote "industry advancement programs," that may not serve the workers' best interests. (Read More)

Building Trades Successful at Winning California Labor Federation Endorsements

July 15, 2016 - The State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, and its members and affiliates, were a major presence this week at the biennial convention of the California Labor Federation in Oakland, successfully gaining the Federation's endorsements for many Building Trades' positions on candidates and ballot measures on California's November 2016 ballot. (Read More)

Building Trades Bill To Protect Workers' Wages Sent to Governor

August 12, 2016 - Senate Bill 954, legislation sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California to further ensure that construction workers' wages are not deducted without their approval and then used by anti-union, anti-worker contractors and organizations against the workers' best interests, was sent to Governor Jerry Brown's desk today following a Senate vote to concur in Assembly amendments to the measure. (Read More)

Any Unions Doing Business With Benesys, Inc. Should Urge Them to Settle With Unions, Treat Employees

August 18, 2016 - The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is seeking and should receive the support of fellow unions in their dealings with Benesys, Inc. This company is a Health and Welfare and Pension Administrator that provides services to unions and takes union members' money, while engaging in anti-union activities, using anti-union law firms (the notorious Littler firm), and denying their own employees reasonable benefits. (Read More)

Building Trades Efforts Result in Cap and Trade Funding for Transportation Projects

August 18, 2016 - The California State Transportation Agency this week announced $390 million in funding for new transportation projects across the state, made possible by State Building Trades efforts to invest cap and trade funds for transportation in 2015. (Read More)

"By Right" Legislation, a Threat to Construction Workers' Wages, is Dead

August 24, 2016 - The "By Right" proposal, which would have allowed developers to avoid paying construction workers fair wages on large housing and commercial projects, has died, because of the unified opposition of all Building Trades' unions in California with a broad coalition of affordable housing community groups and environmental allies. (Read More)

Governor Brown Signs SBCTC Bill to Protect Construction Workers' Wages

September 8, 2016 - Dealing yet another major blow to anti-union, anti-worker contractors and organizations such as Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California to further ensure that funds from construction workers' wages are not deducted against their will and then used by anti-union employers to harm workers' interests. (Read More)

New Building Trades Video “Why I Vote” Explains Importance of Union Members' Votes

September 13, 2016 - The State Building and Construction Trades Council has just produced a new video called "Why I Vote," in which union construction workers explain the importance of union members participating in the November presidential election in order to protect their jobs, wages, safe work environments, and quality of life for themselves and their families. (Read More)

Governor Brown Signs Bill to Fund Monterey County Water Project

September 14, 2016 - Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation to provide a $10 million grant from the state Department of Water Resources to the Monterey County Water Resources Agency for the purpose of constructing an underground water tunnel connecting the Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio Reservoirs. (Read More)

New Study Shows Value of CEQA, Proves Attacks Against it are Entirely Untrue

September 22, 2016 - A newly released study of the California Environmental Quality Act, "CEQA in the 21st Century; Environmental Quality, Economic Prosperity, and Sustainable Development in California," vividly demonstrates that 46 years after Governor Ronald Reagan signed it, this law continues to provide broad benefits to the people of California, both in terms of environmental quality and economic prosperity, and that the frequent attacks against CEQA are entirely unfounded. (Read More)

Despite Preliminary Injunction, Prevailing Wage Required by AB 219 Still Needs to Be Paid

October 26, 2016 - Even though a federal district court in Los Angeles has issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the implementation of the prevailing wage requirements of Assembly Bill 219, manufacturers subject to the law are being advised to continue to pay prevailing wage. (Read More)

Federal Court Upholds SB 54; SBCTC-Sponsored Refinery Safety Law

November 16, 2016 - In a decisive victory for public health and safety, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on November 15 upheld Senate Bill 54, sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council in 2013, which allows refineries in California to use outside contractors to perform onsite construction and maintenance work only if those contractors employ a skilled and trained workforce. (Read More)

Huge Building Trades Effort Helps Defeat Prop 53

November 23, 2016 - Proposition 53, the ballot initiative that would have blocked or delayed vital infrastructure projects in California by subjecting all revenue bond funded projects greater than $2 billion to a statewide vote, was defeated by voters, following an extensive voter-education campaign spearheaded by the California Building Trades. (Read More)

Court of Appeals Lifts Injunction on AB 219, Prevailing Wage Requirement is in Effect

December 20, 2016 -The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted a district court's preliminary injunction against AB 219, meaning that the law's requirement that prevailing wage be paid to all drivers of trucks carrying ready-mixed concrete to a public works project is in full effect because the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) can again enforce the law. (Read More)

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