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ACT Ohio advocates for quality, safe construction by qualified contractors and skilled craftsmen, as well as level competition to ensure the state’s tax dollars are spent properly. ACT Ohio strives to educate and inform the public on the importance of fair wages, workforce training, industry regulations, safety standards and green construction practices.

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ACT Ohio Responds to Introduction of Legislation to Weaken Ohio’s Prevailing Wage Law

ACT Ohio held a press conference earlier this week to respond to the introduction of legislation by State Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima) which would allow local governments to opt out of Ohio’s prevailing wage law. ACT Ohio Executive Director Matt Szollosi was joined by the Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio State Building & Construction Trades Council Dennis Duffey and a group of tradesmen working on the Michael B. Coleman Government Center being constructed in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

At the press conference ACT Ohio Executive Director Matt Szollosi refuted claims made by prevailing wage opponents that the law increases construction costs. “The labor portion of a construction project amounts to approximately 23% of total costs, so the notion that project owners can save millions of dollars by cutting the pay of construction workers is unfounded,” said Szollosi. “The introduction of this bill will be viewed by construction workers across Ohio as a kick in the teeth,” stated Szollosi.

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Columbus Building Trades Partners with the Community for Career Fair 

The Columbus Building & Construction Trades Council (CBCTC), its affiliated unions and community partners hosted a construction trades career fair on Thursday, January 26, 2017. The CBCTC partnered with Columbus City Schools, Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation, Ohio Means Jobs, the City of Columbus, and the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council. The event was a tremendous success with over 300 high school students and young adults in attendance. Building Trades representatives were on hand to discuss union-affiliated apprenticeship programs and provided live demonstrations of bricklaying, electrical, and sheet metal related skills.

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AEP Commits to Building Clean Energy Plants with PLAs 

Recently AEP Ohio issued two separate Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for the new construction of wind and solar energy generation facilities in Ohio. The two facilities will produce up to 250 megawatts (MW) of wind energy resources and 100 MW of solar energy sources respectively. AEP Ohio is seeking to place these facilities in Southeastern Ohio. Collectively the projects will produce enough energy to power 350,000 homes.

Both of the RFPs require potential developers to utilize Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for the construction of these power generation facilities. Building a project with a PLA ensures that contractors only hire union workers from the local area.

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