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Thursday
Aug172017

Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council Take a Shot at a Diabetes Cure

Dorsey Hager takes aim during the Annual DADs Day Shoot.On August 11, the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council hosted their annual Dollars Against Diabetes (DADs) Day Sporting Clay Shoot. 

 

Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer at Columbus/Central Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council, said that this year’s nearly 40 participants raised $5000 to benefit the Diabetes Research Institute and their “Blueprint for a Cure” campaign. 

 

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 1.3 million Ohioans have diabetes and another 3 million are pre-diabetic.  Together, diabetes and pre-diabetes treatment costs Ohioans more than $12 billion per year. The burden of this disease – both physical and financial – takes a toll on many blue collar families, many of them in the Building Trades.

 

"This is an annual opportunity for members and friends of the Building trades to get together and spend an afternoon having fun and raising money for a good cause," said Hager.

 

Friday
Aug042017

Boilermakers, Contractors Assemble to Create More Job Opportunities

Boilermakers Local Union 105 President Kenny Sturgill says work for his members has been steady, and the future looks promising. In an area of the state with a 7.3% unemployment rate, that is good news for these skilled residents of southern Ohio. 

 

“The decline in the coal industry has meant a decline in our industry,” said Sturgill, “But we’re starting to see an increase in some areas of the state.”

 

Boilermakers assemble, install, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large containers that hold liquids and gases – and safety and accuracy are of the highest importance. 

 

This week, Local 105, located in Piketon, hosted 30 Boilermakers from around Ohio for their annual Common Arc multi-employer weld test. Representatives for 20 contractors were on hand to certify each weld was up to their standards.
“Safety and training are the biggest concerns for contractors,” said Grady Shelton, on site to certify Boilermakers for the Minnotte Contracting Corporation, in Pittsburgh. “We work with customers that require union workers, and we only employ union trades.”

 

The certification testing benefits both Boilermakers and contractors. “Each certification is another opportunity for work,” said Sturgill. “And the technical and safety training required by local unions is second to none.” The certification testing is just one example of union labor constantly improving and acquiring new skills. 

 

From a contracting perspective, having union Boilermakers Common Arc qualified reduces costs to contractors while maintaining the current standards of quality and performance.
“Because contractor representatives review each weld and certify each Boilermaker, we’re not wasting time testing on the job site,” said Shelton. “These individuals are taking their certification test on their own, unpaid time. That’s saving contractors time and money.” 

 

Each test can range from four to six hours and, on the larger jobs, can involve up to 200 Boilermakers – costing contractors and job owners up to 1200 man hours. 

 

Common Arc certification is strict and stringent testing that is in accordance with Section IX of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) code. “Because the contracting agencies certify the welders, the Boilermakers can be put to work on any job by that contractor - not just those in southern Ohio - providing additional opportunities for work,” explained Lead Proctor Larry Ross, who was at Local 105 to administer the examinations.

 

To help prepare participants for the certification testing, Local 105 opened its doors to all Boilermakers a week prior to the exam, and had instructors on hand. All costs associated with the testing are covered by the union. 

 

“We’re the only craft that has individual contractors certify members,” said Sturgill. “As far as I’m concerned, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers has the best system out there for training and certification, and getting our members to work.”

 

Friday
Jun302017

Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council Helps Put Central Ohioans Back to Work

More than 100 people attended the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council free job fair on June 29. Dorsey Hager, the Council’s Executive Secretary/Treasurer, estimated that 90% of attendees were veterans.

 

“Franklin County has 68,000 military veterans,” said Hager. “These men and women are hard workers with great training. It’s a great match.”

 

Hager worked with Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor to host the event. "I truly appreciate the efforts of Recorder Danny O'Connor and his office partnering with the Building Trades to help put Vets on a ‘path to the middle class,’” said Hager.  “His staff and the staff at our event host IBEW 683 worked hard to make the event a success."

 

Representatives from 15 local construction crafts were on hand, recruiting job seekers into their apprenticeship programs. Rob Gartner, Training Coordinator of the Columbus Sheet Metal Workers, was very pleased with the turnout. “This job fair gave me the opportunity to spend quality time with folks who were genuinely interested in our program,” he said. Gartner will follow up with seven applicants from the event to help them take the next steps.

 

“There are jobs right here in Columbus that pay good money and offer great benefits,” Hager said. “We need to get those jobs filled in order for Central Ohio to keep growing.”
Thursday
Jun292017

UA Local 168 Opens Training Center Addition

On May 12, The United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 168 officially cut the ribbon to open a state-of-the-art addition to their training center. 

 

The new $1 million plus expansion houses 22 welding booths with the latest equipment, which will help the area keep up with a growing demand for skilled welders.
 

 

Training Coordinator Jeff Smith was proud to show off the work of his fifth year apprentice class – new signage in front of the training center. The sign was created entirely by the fifth-year apprentices during their Construction Project Management Class. 

 

“The fifth years did everything for this sign, from conception, to design, to engineering, to permitting, to bidding, inspection, and fabrication,” said Smith. 

 

Fifth year apprentice Mark Sampson was grateful for the experience – an eight-month project, from beginning to end. 

 

“It was eye-opening to realize how much work goes into the project before you can even start fabrication,” he said.
 

 

The Training Center hosted local and state officials for the opening. “Economic development depends on workforce development,” said Ohio Rep. Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville), while presenting a proclamation to Smith and the center. 

 

Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews agreed. 
“Union members are the best-trained,” he said. “I always have and always will support local union labor.”

 

Tuesday
Jun272017

Community Job Fair to be Held at Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council

On June 29, the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council will host a free job fair for all community members. The event will be held at the organization’s offices, located at 947 Goodale Blvd., from 3 pm – 7 pm.

 

The Building Trades offer meaningful careers with competitive wages, healthcare, and retirement benefits. Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary/Treasurer at Columbus/Central Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council, is passionate about getting qualified candidates into construction jobs.

 

“The Central Ohio Building Trades have an enormous need for men and women who understand hard work, reliability, and honesty,” said Hager. “There are jobs right here in Columbus that pay good money and offer great benefits,” he continued, “We need to get those jobs filled in order for Central Ohio to keep growing.”

 

Veterans are always encouraged to apply. “Franklin County has 68,000 military veterans,” said Hager. “These men and women are hard workers with great training. It’s a great match.”

 

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the 15 Building Trades that will be represented at the event. The Columbus/Central Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council is partnering with Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor to host the job fair. Refreshments will be provided. 

 

For more information, contact Dorsey HagerExecutive Secretary-Treasurer at Columbus/Central Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council(614) 221-7171columbusbuildingtrades@gmail.com

 

The Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council represents more than 18,000 workers from 19 affiliated Local unions and District Councils. The organization works to harmoniously promote the region’s construction trades, to protect the interest of the union construction industry, and to advocate for a healthy labor-management relationship between employers and employees in the building and construction industry.