2013 Bulletins

State Allocation Board Disburses $383.8 Million for School Construction

January 2, 2013 - At the December meeting of the State Allocation Board (SAB), the board announced the disbursement of $383.8 million for new school construction and modernization projects across 96 school districts for 196 construction projects. The majority of the state funds will be matched by local school district construction funding with construction on these projects expected to commence within 90 days. (Read More)

New Fall Prevention Program for SBCTC Affiliates, Apprenticeship Programs and Contractors

January 3, 2013 - Apply now to attend "Down To Zero-Eliminate Falls/Save Lives" a new SBCTC training campaign on Fall Prevention and Rescue Planning, coming in February and March. The sessions will be held February 20-21 in Benicia, March 5-6 in the City of Commerce, and March 19-20 in San Diego. (Read More)

Registration Open for Third Women Building California and the Nation Conference

January 7, 2013 - Brochures are in the mail and on-line registration is now open for the third Women Building California and the Nation Conference. (This is also the 12th California conference.) This year the conference will be held on April 5-7 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. (Read More)

Workers' Friend, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Announces Resignation

January 10, 2013 - Expressing her desire to spend more time in California near friends and family, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis - an extraordinary friend of working people - has announced her retirement. (Read More)

ABC Intensifies Campaign Against High Speed Rail and Infrastructure

January 14, 2013 - Thousands of good construction jobs are on their way to California as work approaches on the first segment of California's High Speed Rail project this year, in spite of Associated Builders and Contractors' (ABC - the lobbying group for non-union contractors) continuing and intensifying efforts against California's infrastructure project mainly because of the good union construction jobs it will bring. (Read More)

Building Trades Endorses Governor's State of the State Message

January 24, 2013 - SBCTC President Robbie Hunter issued the following statement today following Governor Jerry Brown's State of the State speech. "Governor Brown's State of the State speech showed wisdom and foresight, and an exciting vision for our future. We support his call to spend our tax dollars wisely and efficiently. (Read More)

ABC Rages Against Infrastructure & High Speed Rail Construction Jobs

January 24, 2013 - The ABC continues to publish angry reactions to the good construction jobs that are coming to California with the development of high speed rail. In a post on the anti-union website unionwatch.org this week, longtime ABC lobbyist Kevin Dayton complained about the "fantastic return" workers will receive from high speed rail. He complains that we are benefiting handsomely as the result of our long and effective activism on behalf of high speed rail, and that the project will be among the "lasting accomplishments of union labor." ABC's complaints serve to affirm the results we achieve when we are completely unified. (Read More)

Bill Introduced to Keep Charter Cities Paying Prevailing Wage

February 21, 2013 - Bipartisan legislation sponsored by the State Building Trades was unveiled this week to make charter cities eligible for state funds for public works projects only if they pay the prevailing wage. Currently, the anti-union group Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) lobbies charter cities to pay less than prevailing wage, and lobbies general law cities to become charter cities for the purpose of removing prevailing wage. Senate Bill 7 addresses that problem. (Read More)

SBCTC Legislative Update: SB 7 - Fighting for Prevailing Wage

March 5, 2013 -This bulletin is the first in a regular series that will be posted in the coming weeks to provide you information on the substance and progress of legislation sponsored by the State Building Trades. We start today with Senate Bill 7, co-authored by Democratic Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento and Republican Senator Anthony Cannella of Ceres. That bipartisan co-authorship alone is great news. (Read More)

Broad Coalition Defends CEQA; Building Trades Members Lobby Legislature

March 14, 2013 - A wide coalition of groups at the state Capitol this week announced the formation of a new united coalition in support of maintaining California's landmark environmental protection law, the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA. (Read More)

State Building Trades' Prevailing Wage Bill Clears First Committee

March 14, 2013 - Senate Bill 7, the legislation sponsored by the State Building Trades to require charter cities to pay prevailing wage on municipal projects in order to receive state funding, was approved Wednesday by the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. The bipartisan legislation is authored by Democratic Senate president pro tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento and Republican Senator Anthony Cannella of Ceres. (Read More)

Bills to Protect & Expand Prevailing Wage Approved by Committees

April 10, 2013 - Two important bills, sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council, to protect and expand construction workers' rights to earn prevailing wage on public works projects, were approved by committees of the State Legislature this week. (Read More)

Assembly Approves Legislation to Build North Fork Rancheria Casino

May 2, 2013 - Over 1,200 Construction Jobs! The Assembly today approved legislation to allow construction to start on the new North Fork Rancheria Casino in Madera County. This project will be built under an all-union project labor agreement with the Building Trades, and will create over 1,200 construction jobs and bring a total of 5,000 new jobs to the region. (Read More)

SBCTC Bill to Reform Charter City Elections Approved by State Senate

May 6, 2013 - Senate Bill 311 - Building Trades sponsored legislation designed to increase local voter participation in elections to convert general law cities to charter cities, by requiring that the charter measure be placed on the ballot in a statewide general election, won approval from the state Senate today. Senate Bill 311, authored by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, was approved by a 25-9 vote (Read More)

Senate Approves Bill to Stop Funding ABC Sham Labor Compliance Committees

May 9, 2013 - Senate Bill 776 - The California Senate today approved SBCTC-sponsored legislation to stop anti-union contractors and groups like Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) to take earnings from workers' paychecks to fund their sham labor compliance committees. The bill, SB 776 by Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, does so by eliminating automatic deductions to non-union employer committees. It was approved by a 24-10 vote with one Republican, Senator Anthony Cannella of Ceres, joining 23 Democrats in support. SB 776 now moves to the Assembly. (Read More)

California Labor Leaders Strongly Oppose Newspaper Sale to Anti-Union Extremists

May 14, 2013 - The State Building Trades has joined with nine other labor organizations, that collectively represent 2.1 million working Californians, to strongly urge shareholders in the media group that owns the Los Angeles Times and other major newspapers not to sell those newspapers to the infamous Koch Brothers due to their long history of efforts that are "anti-labor, anti-environment, anti-public education and anti-immigrant." (Read More)

Measures to Lower Two-Thirds Local Tax Thresholds to 55% Pass Committe

May 16, 2013 - Several proposed state constitutional amendments to lower the threshold by which voters can enact local tax increases from the current two-thirds to a more realistic 55 percent were approved Wednesday by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. The measures are supported by the State Building Trades, and all passed on party line votes with Democrats in support, Republicans against. (Read More)

ABC Communication Shows Worry About SBCTC Bill to Defund Sham Compliance Committees

May 16, 2013 - In the latest communication to its members, Associated Builders and Contractors ("ABC") the anti-union lobbying group, is showing fear about the prospects of SB 776, the State Building Trades bill to stop them from deducting money from workers' paychecks to fund sham labor compliance committees. In actuality, these moneys are being used to undermine these very workers, attack prevailing wage and fund ABC's anti-union activities. The bill passed the Senate last week on a 24-10 vote. (Read More)

State Allocation Board Disburses $519.9 Million for School Construction

May 23, 2013 - The State Allocation Board announced this week that it has disbursed $519.9 million for 230 new school construction and modernization projects across 92 school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools statewide. This state funding will complement local construction funding as well. (Read More)

SBCTC's Prevailing Wage Bill Convincingly Passes State Senate

May 28, 2013 - Senate Bill 7, the legislation sponsored by the State Building Trades to provide incentives to charter cities to pay prevailing wage on municipal projects in order to receive state funding, was approved Wednesday by the full Senate, on a 28-10 vote. (Read More)

SBCTC Bill, AB 1140 Approved by Assembly

May 30, 2013 - State Building Trades sponsored legislation to ensure that construction workers earn the prevailing wage in effect at the time they perform their work, rather than when a contract went to bid, sometimes several years earlier, was approved by the Assembly today. (Read More)

SBCTC Legislation Protecting Communities & Workers on Greenhouse Gas Reduct Projects Clears Assembly

May 30, 2013 - Today the Assembly approved State Building Trades sponsored legislation to protect workers and communities in areas with greenhouse gas reduction projects funded by a fee on refineries through the state's cap-and-trade program with a fifty-one to twenty-five ballot. The legislation is Assembly Bill 26, by Assembly member Susan Bonilla, D-Concord (Read More)

Attacks on Prevailing Wage Intensify Around the Country

June 5, 2013 - Throughout the country, in states where conservative Republicans have gained control of state governments, attacks on the prevailing wage continue to move forward. (Read More)

Labor Commissioner Holds General Contractors and Subcontractors Jointly Liable for Wage Violations

June 7, 2013 - In an important victory for Building Trades workers, state Labor Commissioner Julie Su has announced decisions holding both general contractors and subcontractors alike jointly liable when a contractor or subcontractor fails to pay prevailing wage. The contractors and subcontractors were held liable for nearly $750,000 for public works and labor law violations affecting 89 workers on four projects. (Read More)

Building Trades' Legislation Advances Through Committees

June 18, 2013 - Three important State Building Trades sponsored bills designed to protect workers' wages advanced through policy committees in the past week. The measures had all previously been approved by either the Senate or Assembly, and are now moving through their second house. (Read More)

News Coverage Praises SBCTC's San Diego Courthouse PLA

June 18, 2013 - The current issue of the Bureau of National Affairs' Construction Labor Report includes a report on the State Building Trades' project labor agreement to build a new $586 million state courthouse in San Diego. (Read More)

SBCTC Legislation to Protect PLAs is Working

July 25, 2013 - ABC is Noticing and Reporting our Success. In a recent communication to its members, the anti-union lobbying group Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), through their operative Kevin Dayton, reported on the effectiveness of SBCTC legislation to ensure cities and counties remain free to consider PLAs for their public works projects. State Building Trades' sponsored Senate Bill 922 from 2011 and Senate Bill 829 from 2012 prohibit cities and counties from imposing blanket prohibitions on PLAs in order to qualify for state funding. (Read More)

San Diego City Council Approves Prevailing Wage on Municipal Projects

July 31, 2013 - Great Job, San Diego Workers! Congratulations to the San Diego Building Trades Council, in recognition of the hard work of Business Manager Tom Lemmon, all area affiliates and workers and their allies, for a great victory. (Read More)

SBCTC President Emeritus Bob Balgenorth Appointed to Investigate BART Dispute

August 5, 2013 - Governor Jerry Brown has announced that he has appointed SBCTC President Emeritus Bob Balgenorth to a three-member panel charged with investigating and reporting on the contract dispute between Bay Area Rapid Transit and its unions. (Read More)

Governor Brown Signs Our Bill to Defund Sham Labor Compliance Committees

August 27, 2013 - Big Defeat for ABC, Great Victory for Workers! Governor Jerry Brown announced today that he has signed Senate Bill 776 into law, legally ending the dishonest practice of using workers' wages to fund sham labor compliance committees that actually work against workers' best interests. (Read More)

Another Win for Workers, Defeat for ABC and the League of Cities!

August 28, 2013 - Governor Brown signs our bill to reform charter city elections. Governor Jerry Brown announced today that he has signed State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC) sponsored Senate Bill 311 into law. This bill by Senator Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, was designed to increase local voter participation in elections to convert general law cities to charter cities, by requiring that the charter measure be placed on the ballot in a November general election. (Read More)

State Senate Approves Two SBCTC Bills to Protect and Expand Prevailing Wage

September 3, 2013 - Two important bills, sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council, to protect and expand construction workers' right to earn prevailing wage on public works projects won approval from the state Senate today. (Read More)

Assembly Overwhelmingly Approves SBCTC-Sponsored Senate Bill 7

September 4, 2013 - Senate Bill 7, the legislation sponsored by the State Building Trades to provide incentives to charter cities to pay prevailing wage on municipal projects in order to receive state funding, was approved Wednesday by the full Assembly by a 51-18 vote. (Read More)

SB 54, SBCTC's Refinery Safety Bill Overwhelmingly Approved by Assembly

September 10, 2013 - Senate Bill 54, the SBCTC-Sponsored bill to secure jobs for Building Trades members and improve safety at dangerous chemical manufacturing facilities, including refineries, was approved by the State Assembly on a 51-24 vote. (Read More)

High Speed Rail Still on Track

October 1, 2013 - New York, NY—Major media outlets reported over the weekend a poll showing 52 percent of California voters want to stop the country's first true high speed rail system because it'll cost too much money. But the California building trades believes the project will move forward because it still has strong political support. (Read More)

New Funding, New Website - SBCTC Safety and Health Training Program Moves Forward

October 3, 2013 - OSHA has approved the third year of our SBCTC Health and Safety program. This means we will continue to support affiliates, apprenticeship programs and contractors by offering training and resources on a variety of safety and health issues impacting our workers, and expand our training repertoire in 2014. (Read More)

SBCTC is Actively Engaging News Media In SB 54 Debate

October 8, 2013 - As part of our ongoing efforts to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign Senate Bill 54, State Building Trades Council President Robbie Hunter is actively engaging with the news media to ensure that the reasons why this important measure is needed are publicized. Following are two examples of our outreach, and the hostile commentaries to which they respond. (Read More)

Governor Brown Signs SB 54 to Improve Safety at Refineries

October 14, 2013 - Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 54, to improve safety at refineries by ensuring that skilled workers who have graduated from a state approved apprenticeship program perform a high percentage of the complex and dangerous work at chemical manufacturing facilities. (Read More)

Governor Signs Senate Bill 7 To Protect Prevailing Wage

October 14, 2013 - Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 7, the SBCTC-sponsored bill to remove funding for public works projects for charter cities that refuse to pay prevailing wage. (Read More)

Gov. Jerry Brown Announces Appointments to the California Apprenticeship Council

December 10, 2013 - Governor Jerry Brown has announced eight appointments to the California Apprenticeship Council (CAC). These appointments are vitally important to California Building Trades workers and the state's economy because the CAC oversees apprenticeship programs to ensure quality and makes decisions on the approval and expansion of apprenticeship programs. (Read More)

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