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Legislative alert: New law gives Building Trades reps a role in protecting immigrant workers

Feb. 15, 2018 - A new California law to protect immigrant workers gives Building Trades representatives a role to make sure that our members are not subjected to hyper-aggressive enforcement worksite raids by federal agents. (Read More)

Governor boosts apprenticeship budget by $103M

Feb. 1, 2018 - Gov. Jerry Brown's budget came through in a big way for state-approved apprenticeship programs, proposing $103 million to pay for the instruction that our unions provide - and have provided - in the schools. (Read More)

Are employers crying wolf on labor shortage?

Feb. 1, 2018 - In a Sacramento Bee op-ed column, SBCTC President Robbie Hunter has taken issue with some misinformation that is circulating in the state about a so-called labor shortage in California. (Read More)

ABC pressing Trump to kill PLAs

Jan. 30, 2018 - With President Donald Trump slated to deliver his State of the Union message tonight, the leading anti-worker contractor association in the country is lobbying the administration to do away with a cornerstone of fair government contracting - Project Labor Agreements. (Read More)

The importance of pre-apprenticeship

Jan. 30, 2018 - Earlier this month, officials at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility invited State Building Trades Northern California Regional Director Bob Jennings to speak at the institution's Inmate Ward Labor Program graduation ceremony. Bob's talk about the importance of pre-apprenticeship has become even more relevant with the introduction of Senate Bill 825 by state Sen. Jim Beall that would expand pre-apprenticeship throughout the entire prison system. Here's what Bob had to say: (Read More)

New study minimizes impact of prevailing wage on affordable housing construction

Jan. 25, 2018 -- A study that is about to be published by the Berkeley Planning Journal says that when it comes to building subsidized affordable housing, the prevailing wage is responsible for only a minimal increase in the overall cost of such projects. (Read More)

Statement by SBCTC President Robbie Hunter on Gov. Brown's final “State of the State” speech

Jan. 25, 2018 - "Gov. Jerry Brown has led California out of the worst financial crisis that the state has seen in recent memory. He has kept his word. He has kept his promises." (Read More)

Statement by SBCTC President Robbie Hunter on Gov. Brown's final “State of the State” speech

Jan. 25, 2018 - "Gov. Jerry Brown has led California out of the worst financial crisis that the state has seen in recent memory. He has kept his word. He has kept his promises." (Read More)

Register Now for the New SBCTC Safety Training on Electrical Hazards for Non-Electricians

January 25, 2018 - The State Building and Construction Trades Council has just opened registration for the new train- the-trainer classes for Electrical Hazards for Non-Electricians. (Read More)

Register Now for the New SBCTC Safety Training on Electrical Hazards for Non-Electricians

January 18, 2018 - The State Building and Construction Trades Council has just opened registration for the new train- the-trainer classes for Electrical Hazards for Non-Electricians. Statistics show that 70% of construction workers who die from electrocutions are NOT electricians. Electrical hazards are on every job site - and workers who use scaffolding, metal ladders, aluminum extension poles, long-handled metal tool or heavy equipment near live electric current, are more at risk of injury or death. (Read More)

President Hunter to ABC: Do your homework

Jan. 18, 2018 - President Robbie Hunter had a something to say this week to the NorCal president of the rogue Associated Builders and Contractors - do your homework. (Read More)

High Speed Rail rolls over GOP job killers

Republican legislators Jim Patterson and Andy Vidak did their best this week to try and kill 1,582 critically-needed jobs in the San Joaquin Valley. (Read More)

Welcome to the Disaster After the Tax Bill

Dec. 19, 2017 -- Welcome to the new Gilded Age, where the inheritors of wealth will inherit more, where the 1 percent will grab a bigger piece of the national economic pie, where companies out to crush unions will thrive and have every law in their favor like never before, and where the earned benefits that have provided working people with a late-in-life cushion against poverty will soon disappear. (Read More)

Labor Cops Step It Up on Wage Theft, but More Work Needed

Dec. 19, 2017 -- The good news is that in 2016, state and federal labor departments and attorneys general recovered $1.1 billion in wages stolen from workers last year, which was an increase over the $880.3 million they got back in 2015. (Read More)

Does single payer work for workers? Yes ... Will it work in the United States? Yes

November 2017 - In 1979, I had been in America almost a year. I finally spoke to my mother in Ireland and I told her I was in Los Angeles and found work and would soon have health care insurance. She went quiet for a moment. Then she asked me, “What do insurance companies have to do with health care?” (Read More)

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