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Building Trades' Mission to Improve Workers' Quality of Life Continues in 2017

February 2017 - As we begin 2017, preparing to continue the long and never-ending quest to maintain and improve the financial well-being and quality of life for California's Building Trades workers and their families, it is an appropriate time to reflect on our history of struggles and accomplishments. (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)

The First Thing President Trump Should Do is Repeal NAFTA

January 2017 - During his recent campaign, Donald Trump suggested that if he were elected, he would get rid of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), at one point calling it "the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere." I agree with him. (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)

Despite National Uncertainty, California Building Trades Workers Still Earned Victories

December 2016 - Well, the 2016 election is now in the history books, and it certainly delivered an ominous signal to Building Trades workers and their families across this country. (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)

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)

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)

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)

Action Needed: SBCTC Receives New Grant from Federal OSHA

October 6, 2016 - The SBCTC is excited to announce that our proposal for a Susan Harwood Capacity Building Grant was approved by OSHA. Please Respond To Our Training Needs Assessment Survey by October 14. (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)

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 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 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)

"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)

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