2017 Bulletins

Study finds that vast majority of state projects are exempted from CEQA

Dec. 14, 2017 - Forget the misinformation you've heard about how California's landmark environmental law holds up economic progress. It doesn't, and now there's another new study out to prove it. (Read More)

SBCTC leads on women in construction

Nov 14, 2017 - Robbie Hunter, the president of the State Building and Construction Trades Council, released the following statement today on the select committee hearing on Occupational Segregation and the Gender Pay Gap. (Read More)

Contractors named for fire zone debris removal

Oct. 27, 2017 - State and federal agencies have named two prime contractors to handle debris removal in the widespread Northern California wildfire zones where an estimated 6,700 homes and 1,700 businesses were destroyed in blazes earlier this month. (Read More)

Obama-era silica regulation finally in effect

Oct. 25, 2017 - After two delays, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has finally put into full effect new construction standards on silica exposure that were first issued last year by the Obama administration. (Read More)

SBCTC finalizes agreement with Tesoro

Oct. 13, 2017 - The State Building and Construction Trades Council has finalized a five-year Project Labor Agreement with California's biggest oil refiner, the Tesoro Corp. (Read More)

Prevailing wage called “imperative” to housing bills

Oct. 10, 2017 - State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter established a context in support of the prevailing wage in a Sacramento Bee story this week when he discussed how decent pay buys a highly skilled and trained work force that in the end cuts down on construction costs. (Read More)

OSHA safety grants remain intact for now; SBCTC schedules spring training sessions

Oct. 10, 2017 - Working people across the United States received some good news last month when the Senate Appropriations Committee voted out a bill to keep federal OSHA funding for next year at its current level. (Read More)

Three-year death toll hits 39 on NYC high rises

Sept 26, 2017 - Twice in one day last week, workers in New York City fell to their deaths in an epidemic that for two years has plagued high-rise construction in Manhattan. (Read More)

Another stall by Trump on silica standard

Sept 23, 2017 - More than 50 American workers can be expected to die - including an untold number in construction - under the Trump Administration's refusal for another month to enforce new standards to limit on-the-job exposure to silica. (Read More)

Another big night for the Building Trades: SB 2, SB 3, SB 35 Pass Assembly

Sept. 15, 2017 - The state Assembly completed work on three of several Building Trades-backed bills Thursday night in actions that represent a first and significant step towards California addressing its housing crisis. (Read More)

SBCTC-sponsored bill to protect CEQA passes Legislature

Sept. 14, 2017 - Big business interests will no longer be able to coerce local governments into approving their development projects under threat of costly special elections under a bill that has passed the Legislature and is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown. (Read More)

Assembly passes AB 1701, crushes rogue contractors with massive vote to end wage theft

Sept. 14, 2017 - Organized labor scored a crushing defeat of rogue developers and contractors when the state Assembly voted by an overwhelming margin to put a stop to wage theft in the construction industry. (Read More)

Building Trades score big fed court win on SB 54

Sept. 13, 2017 - In a major victory for the State Building Trades, two contractors that lodged a legal challenge to a state law that improves safety in California's oil refineries have dropped their federal court case. (Read More)

SBCTC president rips Press-Enterprise editorial

Sept. 7, 2017 - A letter to the editor by State Building and Construction Trades President Robbie Hunter tore into a Riverside Press-Enterprise editorial that was critical of the prevailing wage. (Read More)

Full steam ahead on High Speed Rail

Sept. 7, 2017 - If you thought that the California High Speed Rail project wasn't much more than the subject of controversy, you need to check out all the construction that's happening in the Fresno area. (Read More)

Bill to stop wage theft passes state Senate

Sept. 7, 2017 - With construction workers from all trades filling the gallery, the state Senate approved a bill Wednesday to end wage theft in California. The legislation still needs a concurrence vote from the Assembly, which already approved it, before it goes to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. (Read More)

Three SBCTC-sponsored bills clear Legislature

Sept. 7, 2017 - With the legislative session nearing its end, the State Building and Construction Trades Council has registered three victories on bills that have passed both houses and have been sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. (Read More)

“Forced labor” case points up need for AB 1701

Sept. 1, 2017 Forced labor, human trafficking, the construction industry, the underground economy and the need for Assembly Bill 1701 - it all came together this week in a story that played out in the Bay Area. (Read More)

It's Accountability Time In the Construction Industry

Aug. 29, 2017 - When it comes to protecting construction workers in the underground economy, the history of California has found that the buck stops . . . nowhere. (Read More)

Labor, lawmakers make push on housing bills

Aug. 28, 2017 - The State Building and Construction Trades Council, the California Federation of Labor, and seven state lawmakers held a press conference today to urge the Legislature to pass a package of bills to help fix the state's housing crisis. (Read More)

ICYMI: Building Trades, Ron Miller Go National

Aug. 18, 2017 - Be sure to check out the link below to the New York Times story on the terrific new USC Village project that opened recently across the street from the main campus south of downtown Los Angeles. (Read More)

Let's hold contractors accountable

Aug. 17, 2017 - It's about time that California held general contractors accountable when their "subs" cheat their workers out of their hard-earned money. (Read More)

SBCTC Statement on Hate

Aug. 16, 2017 - The State Building and Construction Trades Council of California represents more than 400,000 workers from every race, religion, nationality and gender. We provide our blue-collar work force with the training and skills that are necessary to support their families in the perpetual struggle to stay in the middle class. (Read More)

Don't let crooks take advantage of housing crisis

August 15, 2017 - State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter warned in a recent column about the forces of greed using California's housing crisis as a pretext to attack the prevailing wage. (Read More)

Time running out to take tech survey

Aug. 3, 2017 - You've only got one more week - until Aug. 10 - to take part in a survey to assess the health-and-safety impact of new technology in the construction industry. (Read More)

S.F. Chronicle hears from us on prevailing wage

Aug. 2, 2017 - Northern California's largest newspaper ran a Letter to the Editor today from State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter that took to task one of the paper's recent editorials. (Read More)

Building Trades Hit Back on Prevailing Wage

Aug. 1, 2017 - State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter used a recent op-ed column to punch holes in the false narrative that the prevailing wage undermines California's effort to resolve the low-income housing crisis. (Read More)

Construction workers win big on cap-and-trade bill

July 18, 2017 - The State Building and Construction Trades Council and the 400,000 workers that it represents scored an enormous victory Monday when the state Legislature approved two bills to extend California's cap-and-trade program to 2030 and improve air quality. (Read More)

L.A. Times, Sac Bee give ink to SBCTC President

July 17, 2017 - State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter's byline has made the rounds the last couple of days. (Read More)

Hunter supports renewable energy bill

July 14, 2017 - State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter gave a boost this week to the idea that California's electricity future needs more renewable sources like the wind and sun. (Read More)

ACTION NEEDED - Proposed Federal Budget Will Terminate OSHA Harwood Training Grant Program

July 7, 2017 - President Donald Trump's Department of Labor has proposed a $10.5 million budget cut that would score a direct hit on one of the State Building and Construction Trades Council's key job safety programs. (Read More)

Robbie Hunter: Don't mess with prevailing wage

July 6, 2017 - State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter had a column posted today on the Los Angeles Daily News web site that punched back at recent anti-union commentaries that have criticized state and national prevailing wage laws. (Read More)

SBCTC bills nearing the finish line

June 29, 2017 - With the Legislature's summer recess getting closer, the State Building and Construction and Trades Council of California is running strong with nearly a dozen bills that are moving towards enactment. (Read More)

Union calls for single-payer advocates to “tone down” attacks on Rendon

June 28, 2017 - Robbie Hunter, the president of the State Building and Construction Trades Council, which represents over 400,000 construction workers in California, released the following statement today: (Read More)

Thurmond Earns Building Trades Endorsement for State Schools Chief

June 26, 2017 - His focus, his experience, and the quality of his work are three big reasons the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California has decided to endorse Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. (Read More)

SBCTC Gives Nod to Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor

June 26, 2017 - State Sen. Ed Hernandez's long career promoting health and education, and his demonstrated concern for working families makes him a terrific candidate for Lieutenant Governor, for which the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California endorses him. (Read More)

Building Trades Endorse Ricardo Lara For State Insurance Commissioner

June 26, 2017 - An unwavering friend of labor for nearly seven years in elective office, State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has earned the endorsement of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California in his campaign for State Insurance Commissioner. (Read More)

Lawsuit Filed Against SB 954 by ABC Group and Anti-Union Contractor

January 10, 2017 - A lawsuit against SB 954 was filed by the ABC in their favorite venue, United States District Court in San Diego, noted for being unfriendly to worker issues. The Judge has not yet ruled on the preliminary injunction motion. (Read More)

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