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

January 19, 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)

Right-to-work Missouri Money Man Caught Up in California Court Fight

Dec. 18, 2017 - We don't hear much about him out here in California, but David Humphreys has established a nice little right-wing reputation for himself out there in Missouri for his huge campaign contributions to support candidates who want to kill unions. (Read More)

The Facts About Apprenticeship Programs in California

December 2017 - According to statistics provided by the California Department of Industrial Relations for 2017, the vast majority of state-approved apprenticeship training is provided by Union/Joint Labor-Management Apprenticeship programs. (Read More)

Study finds that vast majority of state projects are exempted from CEQA

Dec. 14, 2017 - Forget the misinformation you've heard about how California's landmark environmental law holds up economic progress. It doesn't, and now there's another new study out to prove it. (Read More)

SBCTC leads on women in construction

Nov 14, 2017 - Robbie Hunter, the president of the State Building and Construction Trades Council, released the following statement today on the select committee hearing on Occupational Segregation and the Gender Pay Gap. (Read More)

Contractors named for fire zone debris removal

Oct. 27, 2017 - State and federal agencies have named two prime contractors to handle debris removal in the widespread Northern California wildfire zones where an estimated 6,700 homes and 1,700 businesses were destroyed in blazes earlier this month. (Read More)

Obama-era silica regulation finally in effect

Oct. 25, 2017 - After two delays, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has finally put into full effect new construction standards on silica exposure that were first issued last year by the Obama administration. (Read More)

SBCTC finalizes agreement with Tesoro

Oct. 13, 2017 - The State Building and Construction Trades Council has finalized a five-year Project Labor Agreement with California's biggest oil refiner, the Tesoro Corp. (Read More)

AB 1701 now on governor's desk

Oct. 9, 2017 - With Assembly Bill 1701 sitting on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk, State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter has helped make the case for signing the bill that seeks to end wage theft in California. (Read More)

Prevailing wage called “imperative” to housing bills

Oct. 10, 2017 - State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter established a context in support of the prevailing wage in a Sacramento Bee story this week when he discussed how decent pay buys a highly skilled and trained work force that in the end cuts down on construction costs. (Read More)

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