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GOVERNOR WOLF TOURS WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA LABORERS'
[11/27/2017]
GOVERNOR WOLF TOURS WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA LABORERS' EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTER SAXONBURG, PA - Governor Wolf today toured the Western Pennsylvania Laborers' Education and Training Center to highlight the importance of workforce training and careers in construction. "These laborers are receiving the proper training and certifications to perform their jobs, and using technology to make themselves even more of an asset to the contractors who rely on them to complete jobs effectively, efficiently, and safely," Governor Wolf said. "The laborers training center is an excellent blueprint for workforce training that is truly putting people to work across western Pennsylvania." Governor Wolf toured the center and met with 19 laborers training on OSHA regulations. Trainees learn about standards that should be adhered to on construction sites and how to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment. The 10-hour course is split into two six-hour days, per OSHA standards. "The apprentices at Western PA laborers are required to put in hundreds of hours of training to be best prepared to work on projects that build highways and maintain the state's infrastructure," Governor Wolf said. "It was a pleasure to meet these hard-working members of Pennsylvania's workforce." There are currently 34 courses at Western Pennsylvania offered to train laborers and apprentices in skills that give Pennsylvania contractors a competitive edge. Courses offered include topics such as concrete, asbestos, scaffolding, blueprint reading, and first aid. Last year, the Wolf Administration established the Apprenticeship Training Office (ATO) to provide outreach, education, and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices. Since its inception, the ATO has added 2,610 new apprentices and 81 new registered apprenticeship occupations statewide. Pennsylvania currently has 15,208 apprentices and 750 registered apprenticeship programs.

WASHINGTON, DC – The following statement was released today in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of planned initiatives designed to increase apprenticeship education and training
[6/20/2017]
towens@buildingtrades.org NABTU Apprenticeship Programs Seen as Model for Expansion WASHINGTON, DC – The following statement was released today in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of planned initiatives designed to increase apprenticeship education and training across the US economy: “We commend the Administration for elevating and promoting the power of apprenticeship programs for workers and whole industries. As the preeminent organization involved in apprenticeship readiness and apprenticeship education and training today, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), its affiliated unions, and its contractor partners appreciate efforts by the Federal Government to increase utilization of apprenticeship education. “Among construction apprentices in the US today, 75 percent are trained in the joint apprentice training committee (JATC) system, which the Building Trades operate in cooperation with their contractor partners. We know from over 100 years of experience that robust, labor-management commitment to and investment in craft training ensures the necessary and portable skills for workers to meet specific demands of employers and entire industries, while also providing the means for individuals and communities to gain a foothold on the ladder to the middle class. Coupled with increased investments in infrastructure, apprenticeship can unleash broad, sustainable growth throughout the country while also allowing for career pathways for long under-served communities and those looking to embark on safe, highly skilled, productive and rewarding careers in the construction industry. “In the Building Trades, these apprenticeship career pathways have been fully developed through articulation agreements and other relationships with US colleges and universities. All Building Trades apprenticeship programs, for example, have been assessed for higher education credit. In fact, NABTU considers apprenticeship training ‘the other four-year degree.’ If the Building Trades training system, which includes both apprentice-level and journeyman-level training, was a degree granting college or university, it would be the largest degree granting college or university in the United States — over 5 times larger than Arizona State University. In fact, NABTU’s training infrastructure is rivaled only by the US military in terms of the quality and depth of skills training. “US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta framed it correctly when he observed, ‘if you look into the Building Trades, there’s almost a billion [dollars] that’s spent every year, and that’s all private sector money. The Building Trades have put together labor management organizations that jointly invest in these apprenticeship programs because they know both on the labor side and the management side that a skilled workforce is critical to the Building Trades. And that’s how it’s worked for a number of years.’ “With over 1,650 training centers throughout the United States and 20,000 experienced and highly trained instructors, NABTU and its contractor partners will continue to promote our successful model and remain key stakeholders in this process initiated by the Administration to increase access to robust apprenticeship programs in other industries. We know well from experience that apprenticeship education can achieve the desired effects of both meeting the workforce needs of employers and industries, while also ensuring stable and prosperous middle-class careers for individual workers.” # # # ABOUT NABTU North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) is an alliance of 14 national and international unions that collectively represent over 3 million skilled craft professionals in the United States and Canada. In partnership with our signatory contractors, our unions invest over $1.2 billion annually to fund and operate over 1,900 joint labor-management apprenticeship training centers across North America.

Ohio Senate rejects House ban on project labor Agreements
[12/20/2016]
Ohio Senate rejects House ban on project labor pacts Local governments can continue to use project labor agreements on construction projects after the state Senate on Tuesday squashed a House-passed bill that would have largely banned them. A House chamber voted 51-42 for a union-related bill that would have prevented state and local governments from requiring the use of project labor agreements on projects that include state funding. The Senate voted 25-8 less than an hour later to reject changes to Senate Bill 152. The overwhelming Senate vote, combined with the narrow House vote, means the bill is probably dead. 11 House Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the bill, which also would have prohibited cities from imposing residency requirements for workers on public construction projects. The vote followed a long, debate in which supporters argued that project labor agreements increase costs and reduce competition among those bidding on a project. "The purpose of this is to put government in the position where it's unbiased," said Rep. Ron Young, R-Leroy. "They are simply saying, `Show us your bid. All we're going to look at is the actual elements of the bid.' " Rep. Kevin Boyce, D-Columbus, said labor agreements secure a better workforce, add safety to the project and prevent work stoppages over labor disputes. Rep. Kent Smith, D-Euclid, said a labor agreement got new Euclid schools opened on time and under budget. "Why would we want to remove this as a possible tool for all of those local governments?" Smith said. "Let's let the local communities decide." They also debated the use of local residency requirements, such as Akron's requirement of 30 percent local hiring on its $1.4 billion sewer project. "People who live in these communities want to access economic benefits of construction in their neighborhoods," said Rep. Emilia Sykes, D-Akron. But some Republicans argued that local hiring quotas are a burdensome requirement and give out-of-state contractors an unfair advantage because they don't have to follow them.

HOW TO FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION ON LINE....
[12/20/2016]
http://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/file/Pages/Video-How-to-File-for-Unemployment-Benefits.aspx

[2/11/2016]
Notice is hereby given, in accordance with the Act of October 15, 1998, PL.729, No.93, that the House of Representatives will convene in open session in the Hall of the House on the following 2016 dates: March 14 , 15 , 16 , 21 , 22 , and 23 April 4 , 5 , 6 , 11 , 12 , and 13 May 2 , 3 , 4 , 16 , 17 , 18 , 23 , 24 , and 25 June 6 , 7 , 8 , 13 , 14 , 15 , 20 , 21 , 22 , 23 , 24 , 25 , 26 , 27 , 28 , 29 , and 30 Updated Tuesday, February 9, 2016 *Denotes a change  Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:30 AM  PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE Public hearing on HB 1357 - State Licensure of Plumbers. Room 205 Ryan Office

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A SAFE AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR
[12/21/2015]

Help create American Jobs!!!!!
[12/21/2015]

Project Labor Agreement Saves $8 Million on School Construction Project
[8/18/2015]

Construction apprentices in Pa. Check out who is really doing the training in the Construction Industry!
[8/18/2015]
State of the Unions: Construction apprentices in Pa. By Jason Scott There are nearly 11,000 active apprentices in Pennsylvania, including more than 7,700 in a construction-related trade, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry. The Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region cites a unionization rate of about 82 percent in the construction and building trades. “Apprenticeship numbers, in general, are low now, mostly because construction programs make up the majority of apprenticeship in the state, and the construction industry has been deeply affected by the down economy for the last five years,” said Mike Schurr, FTI's education director. Pennsylvania had more than 14,000 apprentices six years ago, said Schurr, who is on the State Apprenticeship and Training Council. “There has been a slight uptick in numbers over the last couple months,” he said. “I can see an increase in my six programs, which is usually indicative of the industry as a whole. If one gets busy, we usually all do.” Anything to do with “green” is in high demand, he added, citing growth in electricians, glaziers and plumbers, as well as heavy highway crafts. On the merit shop, or non-union side, the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., the largest of the four ABC chapters in the commonwealth, is expanding its Rapho Township facility to accommodate growth in its educational offerings. ABC Keystone has averaged about 256 students in five trades over the last decade, said G. David Sload, director of education. The average graduating class is 64 students. Sload is projecting to grow classes to more than 400 per year by 2018, with an average graduation of 100 students. ABC Keystone offers carpentry, electrical, HVAC, sheet metal, and plumbing and pipefitting. The chapter is looking to expand to nine trades, including an off-site heavy equipment operator program. It will split plumbing and pipefitting and add welding and millwright apprentices. That would increase projections, Sload said. By Jason Scott July 4, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council: Council endorses Tom Wolf for governor unanimously. -
[6/30/2014]

Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council: Pennsylvania State Building Trades Council leadership win unanimous re-election.
[6/12/2014]

Project Labor Agreements
[3/19/2014]
Myths vs. Facts. Read more!

Welcome to the Website for the Pennsylvania State Building & Construction Trades Council!
[3/7/2014]
The leadership and member locals of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council would like to welcome you to our website. On our site you can find out a great deal of information about us and our organization.

The Truth About Prevailing Wage
[1/6/2014]

Prevailing Wage A Good Deal For All
[10/16/2013]

Union Bashing; “Frauds and the Fools they convince….
[9/30/2013]

Did you know that labor unions made the following 36 things possible?
[8/12/2013]

Third Annual Apprentice Training Day in At the State Capitol
[7/17/2013]

DGS announces new website to help state contractors comply with PA law requiring verification of employee citizenship.
[7/8/2013]

ABC Loses Again in Quest to Prohibit PLAs on PA Prison Projects
[12/31/2012]

Huge Victory on PLAs!
[6/1/2012]

Non-union contractor: Prevailing wage needed
[5/31/2012]

ABC Loses Another One!
[4/2/2012]

Welcome to the Pennsylvania Building & Construction Trades Council

Thank you for visiting the web page of the Pennsylvania State Building & Construction Trades Council. The unionized construction industry is very unique, and we are proud to be the organization that leads the way when it comes to standing up for what is best for our members...and what is best for our communities.

Throughout our extremely large and diverse state, it is the members of the Pennsylvania Building Trades that create and maintain the infrastructure in the Commercial and Industrial Industries, which includes office buildings, hospitals, universities, schools, libraries, stadiums, bridges and highways, warehouses, power generation facilities, refineries and chemical plants that make our state such a wonderful place to live and do business. It is these same members of the Building Trades that tirelessly give back to their communities by volunteering their time to organizations that make life better for those less fortunate. We go beyond the call of duty to raise the standard of living for people in our communities.

The work of the unionized construction trades speaks for itself. Our apprenticeship training programs are second to none, and no one can compete with the level of skilled craftsmanship that our journeymen and women bring to the job site.

Please take the time to browse our web site. Here you will be able to link to our affiliated local unions, contractors and government contacts. You will also be able to get information on Prevailing Wages, Helmets to Hard Hats, Safety and Health training, Legislative, Political Actions,  and upcoming events being hosted by the State Council and its affiliates.

Thanks for visiting!