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ACT Ohio promotes policies, advocates for industry regulation and supports programs that benefit the state’s qualified, responsible general contractors, construction managers, developers and design-builders while leveling the competitive construction-contracting field.  By seeking to put in place throughout the state’s construction-industry practices and protocols that bolster the workforce and demand higher standards for construction professionals, ACT Ohio champions for the welfare of the state's responsible contractors, construction managers, developers and design-builders.

Among the policies, regulations and programs that ACT Ohio supports are the following:

  • Prevailing Wage: Providing skilled construction-trades crafts workers with fair wages and benefits helps build a strong workforce of committed tradespeople, which benefits general contractors, construction managers, developers and design-builders by providing them with a reliable source of well-trained construction workers. To learn more, click here
  • Apprenticeship and Training: Certified and regulated apprenticeship programs for new workers entering the construction trades and upgrade training to keep journey workers up to date on the latest technologies, provided in state-of-the-art training facilities at no cost to the workers, ensures that construction contractors and employers have a large pool of properly trained and skilled crafts workers for their projects. Providing training to the workforce also promotes safety and career security for the skilled craftsperson – which gives a measure of added stability to contractors, construction managers, developers and design-builders of the state’s construction industry. To learn more, click here.  
  • Industry Regulations: Ensuring that all construction professionals adhere to strict industry standards – such as building codes, safety rules and training benchmarks – that are properly regulated and strictly enforced not only helps build a strong construction industry and produce better construction projects, but it also puts construction professionals on a level playing field in which unscrupulous, unqualified and non-responsible contractors, developers and design-builders are unable to compete. To learn more, click here
  • Labor-Management Cooperation: By simply bringing together construction management and contractors with their employees – the skilled construction craftspeople working for them – in an atmosphere of open communication and trust, labor-management cooperation produces a host of benefits.  These benefits include reduced labor strife, a willingness for employees to work with their employers to resolve issues, the advancement of training, and a healthier bottom line for general contractors, construction managers, developers and design-builders who will have greater access to a qualified, safe and productive workforce. To learn more, click here
  • Workplace Safety: Thoroughly training workers to be safe and adhere to OSHA standards not only helps protect lives on a construction site, it also helps ensure general contractors, construction managers, developers and design-builders are protecting their investments into the workforce and construction projects are completed without costly delays. To learn more, click here
  • Drug-Free Workforce: Educating a construction workforce about drug-free policies and having in place stringent testing standards further promotes safety on the construction site, which helps protects lives – and helps protect the bottom line for contractors, construction managers, developers and design-builders who are ensured they have an unimpeded and fully engaged workforce on their construction projects to get them completed properly and on schedule. To learn more, click here. 



It's a FACT: Union Worksites More Productive and Safe!
An independent study by Independent Project Analysis, comparing a wide variety of similar projects, has found that job sites that are composed of unionized Building Trades craft professionals, which feature better-trained individuals who are paid better wages and benefits and are working under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), are far more productive than non-union, lower-wage work sites ... and far more safe.