Legislation and public policy can have a far-reaching impact on Ohio’s Building Trades. ACT Ohio has built relationships on both sides of the aisle in order to inform the state’s legislators on the importance of the Building Trades to Ohio’s economic development.
Because issues like Prevailing Wage, So Called “Right to Work” laws, and Project Labor Agreements require constant monitoring and education in order to keep Ohio’s labor force working and earning fair wages, ACT Ohio’s relationships with legislators is key.
Beyond lobbying and providing testimony on behalf of its affiliate members, ACT Ohio’s Executive Board also provides regular endorsements that understand and support the needs of the skilled craftsmen and women of the Building Trades.
In addition to informing Ohio’s elected officials, ACT Ohio travels throughout the state speaking to students, educators, guidance counselors, parents, and veterans about he many benefits of a Building Trades career. Ohio’s skilled craftsmen and women complete rigorous training during their apprenticeship – often called “The Other 4 Year Degree.”
Throughout apprenticeship, aspiring journeymen and women earn safety certifications and are continually upgrading skills. Apprentices earn competitive wages, healthcare benefits, and a pension while completing training. By presenting this information statewide, ACT Ohio seeks to help solve the skilled crafts shortage, bringing more development to the Buckeye State.
Cooperation between labor and management is a hallmark of Ohio’s Building Trades. The use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) further enhances the strong relationship between our affiliate members and signatory contractors. Ensuring that there is enough skilled labor for the project and that there will be no work stoppages on the project are additional benefits for using PLAs which bring projects in on time and often under budget.
The skilled craftsmen and women of Ohio’s Building Trades are meticulously trained, incredibly safe, and regularly drug-tested. ACT Ohio takes pride in promoting our journeymen and women as the most qualified construction workforce in the state.
ACT Ohio is funded by union construction workers who believe it is their duty to protect the state’s construction industry and the many working families it supports.