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ACT Ohio-Watchdog For The Construction Industry in OhioACT 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 Endorsements for Fall 2014 General Election

Early voting in Ohio starts during the second week of October. Members, their families and friends are encouraged to vote at the most convenient time possible.

The Executive Board of the Affiliated Construction Trades of Ohio (“ACT Ohio”) has endorsed a number of candidates from around the state who will appear on the 2014 General Election ballot. Members and anyone who supports Ohio Labor Trades are encouraged to use this list as a guide to make informed decisions when casting a vote.

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Prevailing wage laws the "best deal for taxpayers"

Prevailing wage laws help drive economic development and should be enacted or strengthened in every state to protect the middle class, according to a report released this week by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute and Building Strong Communities.

The organizations conducted the study to explore the impact prevailing wage laws have on tax revenues and government assistance. 

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U.S. Dept. of Labor cites roofing contractors for wage violations

As many as 60 workers employed by three different roofing contractors were not paid proper wages or benefits totaling nearly $85,000 for roof replacement work on a U.S. Post Office building in Columbus, according to a U.S. Department of Labor investigation.

The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 86 in Columbus worked in conjunction with ACT Ohio to conduct the initial investigation, sparked by tips that the roofing contractors were not following proper federal wage guidelines outlined in the Davis-Bacon Act. 

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Toledo city pool open thanks to volunteer work by local unions

Members of two labor unions received accolades June 17 from Toledo city officials for the critical role they played in getting Wilson Pool in North Toledo ready for use this summer.

Funding shortages had threatened to keep the city pool closed, but members of Laborers Local 500, the United Association (Plumbers and Steamfitters) Local 50 and Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 886 volunteered their services and helped obtain needed equipment and materials to get the pool ready for use this summer.

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