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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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Unemployment Compensation Reform–Working Together to Move Ohio Forward

Last night, the Ohio General Assembly came to an agreement on unemployment compensation. Unemployment compensation reform has been a critical issue to ACT Ohio’s membership since reform measures were proposed last year.

House Bill 394 (“HB 394”) was introduced November 17, 2015, and the House intended to pass it by Christmas 2015. The language of this bill would have been extremely damaging to the construction industry. After these proceedings were stopped, a Task Force was assigned to hear testimony about unemployment compensation reform over the course of several months led by Representative Kirk Schuring and Senator Bob Peterson.

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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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