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Carol Kim on the gig economy

March 19, 2018 - San Diego Building Trades political director Carol Kim lent an old-school twist today on the new trend in employment - the gig economy. (Read More)

Robbie Hunter on residential construction: "We are going to take that industry back."

March 19, 2018 -- State Building and Construction Trades President Robbie Hunter addressed residential housing construction, the port workers' campaign, the upcoming elections, the legacy of Gov. Jerry Brown, and other issues in a speech he delivered to Labor's Joint Legislative Conference today in Sacramento. Here are some excerpts: (Read More)

ABC-honored firm was contractor in fatal Florida bridge collapse

March 16, 2016 -- The right-wing, anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors every year gives out what the ABC calls its “Excellence in Construction Awards.” One of last year's winners was Munilla Construction Management out of Miami, Fla. On Thursday, one of MCM's projects, a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami, collapsed over traffic below. Six people were killed. (Read More)

Are employers crying wolf over labor shortage?

March 2018 - Since the first of the year, some contractor and building industry associations have peddled a story that the state of California has fallen into the ravages of a construction labor shortage. But, is this really true? (Read More)

President's letter got to the point on labor "shortage"

March 9, 2018 - State Building Trades President Robbie Hunter helped the San Jose Mercury News get to the point on the so-called labor shortage's impact on California's housing crisis. (Read More)

SBCTC statement on California's new High Speed Rail plan

March 9, 2018 - State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter released today the following statement on the California High Speed Rail Authority's news business plan: (Read More)

Summer Institute for Union Women seeking support and participation of SBCTC unions

Feb. 28, 2018 - This summer, the UC Berkeley Labor Center will host the 37th annual western regional Summer Institute on Union Women (SIUW) from July 10-14, 2018 at Sonoma State University. (Read More)

California labor movement's annual legislative conference set for mid-March

Feb. 27, 2018 - Registrations are now being taken for Building Trades members who want to attend the California Labor Federation-State Building and Construction Trades Council's 2018 Joint Legislative Conference in March in Sacramento. (Read More)

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)

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