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Don't give up on High Speed Rail

March 2018 - A number of years ago, I went to Germany with some California elected officials to study the German electric grid and the use of wind, gas and solar. At that time, I had numerous opportunities to travel on high speed rail. I remember well going into a massive train station in Bavaria. There were between 25 and 30 platforms for trains, each of them silently coming in for a landing, others without a sound leaving the station and disappearing in a matter of seconds into the distance. Thousands of commuters entered and departed the station in an efficiency that would put our airports to shame. (Read More)

Everybody should agree on this one: Yes on Proposition 69

April 2018 - If California ever had a ballot measure that everybody in the state should be able to support, it's Proposition 69 on the June 5 primary ballot. (Read More)

SBCTC announces endorsements for statewide candidates and June ballot measures

April 10, 2018 - The State Building Trades' Executive Board has endorsed the candidates for statewide office listed below and adopted positions on the propositions for the June 2018 election. (Read More)

SBCTC announces June primary endorsements

April 11, 2018 -- The State Building Trades' Executive Board has endorsed the candidates for statewide office listed below and adopted positions on the propositions for the June 2018 election. Endorsements were made on the basis of candidates' records on issues of greatest importance to Building Trades workers and their families, as well as on their stated positions on those issues of concern. In addition, the “support” or “oppose” positions on statewide initiatives were adopted after careful consideration of their impact to the well-being of our members. (Read More)

Report: Prevailing wage reduces pay inequality in construction

March 29 -- A recent study published jointly by two respected Midwest research centers has concluded that while the prevailing wage benefits all workers on state public works projects, it bestows an even greater benefit on African Americans. (Read More)

SBCTC mourns the loss of Nancy McFadden

March 23, 2018 -- Statement from State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter:"Today, the State Building and Construction Trades Council family mourns the loss of a dear friend and ally of working people, Nancy McFadden, Gov. Jerry Brown's chief of staff" (Read More)

Time to show your support for High Speed Rail

March 23, 2018 -- Lawmakers have scheduled legislative meetings for April 2-3 on California High Speed Rail's Draft 2018 Business Plan, and it is crucial that Building Trades members pack the hearing rooms in Sacramento to show our support for this project. (Read More)

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)

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?

February 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)

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